Report Title:

Temporary Licensure; Dentistry

 

Description:

Clarifies that the board of dental examiners may issue a community service license to practice dentistry while the person is in the employment of the department of health. Clarifies that the board of dental examiners may issue a temporary license to practice dentistry while the person is contracted by the department of health to conduct dental education and training. (SD2)

 


THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

933

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO TEMPORARY LICENSURE OF DENTISTS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 448-9.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

1. By amending subsection (a) to read:

"(a) The board of dental examiners may issue, without examination, a community service license to practice dentistry in the employment of the department of health, a federally qualified health center, Native Hawaiian health systems center, or post-secondary dental auxiliary training program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Community service licensees under this section shall abide by the requirements and conditions placed upon those fully licensed under this chapter.

Eligible candidates shall:

(1) Provide copies of documentation and credentials that include but are not limited to:

(A) A diploma or certificate of graduation from a dental college accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, recognized and approved by the board; and

(B) Either of the following:

(i) A certificate or other evidence satisfactory to the board of having passed part II of the National Board Dental Examination within five years of the date of request; or

(ii) Evidence of active practice of clinical dentistry of not less than one thousand hours per year for the three years immediately prior to the date of request;

(2) Provide a copy of an active, unrestricted dental practice license from another state;

(3) Disclose to the board of dental examiners all previous and pending legal or regulatory action relating to claims of malpractice, or personal or professional misconduct; and

(4) Pay applicable registration fees, which shall be one half of the prevailing biennial registration fee for dentistry.

No person who after July 2, 2004, has failed to pass the license examination administered under this chapter shall have the benefit of a community service dental license."

2. By amending subsection (e) to read:

"(e) Commissioned officers of the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Public Health Service, or the United States Veterans Administration practicing in the department of health, a federally qualified health center, or Native Hawaiian health systems center shall qualify for a community service license to practice dentistry, which may be issued for the term of the officer's federal duty assignment. Officers shall provide to the board of dental examiners:

(1) A copy of an active, unrestricted dental practice license from another state; and

(2) A copy of documentation reflecting official duty assignment to a qualifying community service dental license site."

SECTION 2. Section 448-12, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"448-12 Temporary license. [(a)] The board of dental examiners may issue without examination to any resident or nonresident otherwise qualified to be examined a temporary license to practice dentistry in the employment of or while under contract with the State or any county, or any legally incorporated eleemosynary dispensary or infirmary, private school, or welfare center. The temporary license shall authorize the person to whom the license is issued to practice dentistry exclusively while engaged in that employment or contracted by the department of health to conduct dental education and training, and shall be in force until the earliest of the following occurs:

(1) The date the person leaves the employment authorized under the temporary license;

(2) The three hundred ninety-sixth calendar day following the date of issuance of the temporary license;

(3) The date on which the results of the licensure examination taken by the person under this chapter are posted by the board; or

(4) The date on which the board revokes the temporary license;

provided that the board may revoke the temporary license at any time for cause.

No person who has failed an examination shall have the benefit of any temporary license.

[(b) The board of dental examiners may issue without examination to any resident or nonresident licensed in another state and otherwise qualified to be examined a temporary license to practice dentistry while in the employment of the department of health to provide dental services to Hansen's disease sufferers. The temporary license shall be valid for a period of three years or until the first board examination after the conclusion of the three-year period and only while the person to whom the temporary license is issued is in the employment of the department of health and works under the general direction and supervision of a duly licensed dentist. The temporary license shall not be renewed and shall be reviewed annually by the board of dental examiners for continuance and shall be subject to revocation and suspension as provided in section 448-17. The temporary licensee shall not be eligible for examination by the board of dental examiners while the temporary license is in effect.]"

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.