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BODEX fee legislation takes first steps


The Senate Health Committee, as the last agenda item of a marathon committee meeting last Wednesday evening, unanimously recommended approval of legislation that would address license fees and license portability issues for new graduates.

SB1362, sponsored by Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, would repeal an antiquated section of the Dental Practice Act that precludes BODEX from making further reductions in license fees. In order to address $5 million surplus in the Dental Board Fund, the legislation would also authorize the Board to grant a waiver of renewal fees in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

On the license portability issue, two of our local dental students, Kyle Tuttle (ASDOH) and Desseree Lysne (Midwestern), stuck it out through the extended hearing to give their own testimony about accepting other examination results from regional testing agencies and the financial burden of the $2,000 credentialing fee under current state law. SB1362 will eliminate that fee for applicants who have taken exams other than WREB.

Other changes clarify relationships between affiliated practice hygienists and AP dentists; revises the definition of Teledentistry to include examinations; and provides a mechanism to issue an EFDA credential to dental assistants who have obtained that designation in other states.

Because of the late hour, the Hearing was short, but you can check it out on video here: http://azleg.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=13&clip_id=18770&meta_id=390895

The bill is expected to receive consideration before the full Senate this week, after which it will move to the House of Representatives.