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Senate Bill 1037

Senate Bill 1037

Phil Haunschild
February 10, 2017

Bill description: This bill eliminates retired licenses and amends the definition of active licenses for the Board of Dentistry.

Rating: +2

Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government? 

This bill reduces the authority of the Board of Dentistry by eliminating one of its licenses. Currently, a retired dentist or hygienist can buy a license conferring retired status from the state for $20. These license holders are not allowed to practice and have no special privileges. Eliminating this status will reduce the total duties that fall to this Board. (+1)

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 

This bill reduces the restrictions on active licenses, allowing for a freer practice of dentistry in Idaho. Currently, Idaho Code 54-920(7)(a) stipulates a license can only be granted to a “qualified applicant or qualified licensee who is an active practitioner of dentistry or dental hygiene in the state of Idaho,” or intends to be within two years. This bill eliminates this restriction and allows a person to obtain an active status without having to practice within two years. (+1)

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