HBA-DMH H.B. 1769 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1769 By: Janek Public Health 3/30/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Occupations Code contains provisions regarding practices of the State Board of Dental Examiners (board) and the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee (committee). Some clarification is needed to facilitate the implementation of these provisions, including those related to board contracts, completion of a CPR course, the board's disciplinary authority, and committee members terms. House Bill 1769 modifies provisions relating to licensing requirements and the board's powers and duties. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1769 amends the Occupations Code to delete the requirement that a State Board of Dental Examiners (board) meeting notice be published in a newspaper selected by the board. The bill requires the board to contract with one or more, rather than one, independent or regional testing services for any required clinical examination for a dentist or dental hygienist license. The bill adds to the list of subjects and operations relating to dentistry and dental hygiene that must be included in the examination for a dental hygienist license. The bill includes each owner or manager of a dental laboratory licensed or registered with the board among the entities required to timely notify the board of a change of address or owner or manager and deletes the requirement for a dental technician to provide such notice. The bill modifies provisions relating to dental or dental hygienist requirements to demonstrate proof of completion of a CPR course with a renewal application. The bill limits a member of the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee to serving one six-year term and provides that the term limit does not prohibit members in office on the effective date of the bill who have already served one full term from serving the remainder of the member's term. The bill requires the board, if it determines that the continued performance by a person licensed by the board of a procedure for which the person holds a permit would constitute a clear, imminent, or continuing threat to a person's physical health or well-being, to temporarily suspend the person's license or permit. The bill requires the State Office of Administrative Hearings to hold a second hearing on any other action, in addition to a suspension, to be taken against the license or permit holder. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001. The provisions related to CPR training take effect January 1, 2002.