Legislation

What issues is CDA tackling in Sacramento? What federal issues are being worked on by ADA in Washington, D.C.? Follow links to your state senate and assembly members, and members of the U.S. Congress, and get the latest about major issues facing the dental profession.

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Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement

In 2005, California passed AB1433 requiring a kindergarten dental check-up for every student. This is one way schools can help children stay healthy – by helping parents establish a dental home for their children ensuring they have access to needed services. An archive of this program has been created to assist other states looking to implement similar legislation.

In the News

12/15/2014
Legislative proposals from the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) that would significantly change the supervision and practice of hygienists’ were released at a December meeting of the Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC), and they appear very similar to the changes proposed by CDHA earlier this year that CDA strongly opposed.

 

New licensure by portfolio set to be implemented

12/12/2014
Dental students in California will soon officially be able to graduate with a “portfolio” model exam process over the course of their final year in dental school. In November, the Dental Board of California finalized the regulatory process of approval for the portfolio examination model and California’s dental schools can now begin the implementation process (it is not a requirement for the schools, however). This is the first licensure-by-portfolio-exam program in the nation.

 

12/11/2014
The Dental Board of California has released its 2014 Sunset Review Report to the state legislative bodies responsible for analyzing and approving the document. Areas of particular interest to CDA during the Dental Board’s sunset review process are ensuring the addition of statutory language that exempts treatment of a spouse or domestic partner from the definition of sexual misconduct and alternative licensure options, including regional and national examinations.

 

CDA student delegates; strong voice for profession

11/26/2014
Student delegates representing the six dental schools across California participated in the 2014 House of Delegates last month in San Diego. When the topic of Proposition 46 was brought up at the meeting, many of the student delegates in attendance took pride in the fact that they played a part in the No on Prop. 46 campaign.