H. B. 4064
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss,
Louisos, Mahan,and Thompson)
[Introduced January 18, 2000; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact sections four, seven and seventeen-b,
article four, chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia,
one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, all
relating to the board of dental examiners; grounds for
refusal to issue, suspension or revocation of license;
compensation for board members increased; and annual dental
license renewal fee increased.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That sections four, seven and seventeen-b of article four,
chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand
nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and
reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND DENTAL CORPORATIONS.
§30-4-4. Board of dental examiners.
The "West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners" heretofore
established shall be continued and shall be composed of six
members. The members of the board in office on the date this
section takes effect shall, unless sooner removed, continue to
serve until their respective terms expire and until their
successors have been appointed and have qualified. Members of the board shall serve for a term of five years. In addition to the
five practicing dentists appointed to the board, there shall be
appointed one dental hygienist with a degree in dental hygiene
from an accredited college, who shall be appointed for a term
beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred
seventy-seven. The member of the board who is a licensed dental
hygienist is empowered to participate in and vote on all
transactions and business of the board.
All members of the board shall be appointed by the governor,
by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each member of
the board, at the time of his appointment and during his term as
such member, shall have been a citizen of this state and shall
have been either a licensed dentist or a licensed dental
hygienist for a period of not less than five years immediately
preceding his appointment.
No person may be eligible for appointment to the board who
is connected with or interested in any dental college or dental
department of any institution of learning or in a dental supply
Except for the dental hygienist, any member shall be
eligible for reappointment for one additional consecutive term.
Each appointment of a licensed dentist, whether for a full
term or to fill a vacancy, shall be made by the governor from
among three nominees therefor selected by the West Virginia
dental society and each appointment of a licensed dental hygienist, whether for a full term or to fill a vacancy, shall be
made by the governor from among three nominees therefor selected
by the West Virginia dental hygienist' association. In the case
of an appointment for a full term such nominations shall be
submitted to the governor not later than eight months prior to
the date on which the appointment shall become effective. In the
case of an appointment to fill a vacancy, such nominations shall
be submitted to the governor within thirty days after a request
for such nominations shall have been made by the governor to the
president of the West Virginia dental society or the president of
the West Virginia dental hygienists' association. In the event
of the failure of the society or the association to submit to the
governor nominations for an appointment in accordance with the
requirements of this section, the governor may make the
appointment without such nominations.
Not withstanding the provisions of section eleven, article
one of this chapter,
Each each member of the board shall receive
one two hundred dollars for each day actually spent in attending
meetings of the board, or of its committees, and shall also be
reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually
incurred in the discharge of his duties under the provisions of
§30-4-7. Refusal to issue, suspension or revocation of license;
The state board of dental examiners may refuse to issue a
license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene in this state, or
after issuance may suspend or revoke the same, for any of the
(1)(a) The presentation to the board of any diploma, license
or certificate illegally or fraudulently obtained, or one
obtained from an institution which is not reputable, or one
obtained from an unrecognized or irregular institution or state
(b) Suspension or revocation of a license issued by another
state or territory on grounds which would be the basis of
discipline in this state.
(c) Incompetent, negligent or willful misconduct in the
practice of dentistry or dental hygiene which shall include the
rendering of unnecessary dental services and any departure from
or failure to conform to minimal standards of acceptable and
prevailing dental or dental hygiene practice in their area of
expertise as shall be determined by the board. The board need not
establish actual injury to the patient in order to adjudge a
dentist, dental hygienist or limited registrant guilty of this
care for dental assistants in which proceeding actual injury to
the patient need not be established.
(d) Engaged in conduct that indicates a lack of knowledge
of, an inability to apply or the negligent application of,
principles or skills of dentistry or dental hygiene.
(2)(e) Be guilty of gross ignorance or gross inefficiency in
(3)(f) Conviction of a felony; and a certified copy of the
record of the court of conviction shall be sufficient proof of
(4)(g) Announcing or otherwise holding himself out to the
public as a specialist or as being specially qualified in any
particular branch of dentistry or as giving special attention to
any branch of dentistry or as limiting his practice to any branch
of dentistry without first complying with the requirements
established by the board of dental examiners for such specialty
and having been issued a certificate of qualification in such
specialty by the board.
(5)(h) Be guilty of unprofessional conduct. The following
acts or any of them shall be conclusively presumed to be
(a)(1) Be guilty of any fraud or deception.
(b)(2) The commission of a criminal operation or conviction
of a crime involving moral turpitude.
(c)(3) Chronic or persistent inebriety or addiction to
narcotics or drugs.
(d)(4) Be guilty of the violation of any professional
confidence or be guilty of disclosing any professional secret.
(e)(5) Be grossly immoral.
(f)(6) Be guilty of employing what are known as "cappers" or "steerers" to obtain business.
(g)(7) The obtaining of any fee by fraud or
(h)(8) Employ directly or indirectly, or direct or permit
any suspended or unlicensed person so employed, to perform
operations of any kind or to treat lesions of the human teeth or
jaws or correct malimposed formations thereof.
(i)(9) Practice, or offer or undertake to practice,
dentistry under any firm name or trade name or under any name
other than his own true name: Provided, That any licensee may
practice under a firm name or partnership name containing nothing
but the surname of every member of such firm or partnership.
(j)(10) Professional connection or association with, or
lending his name to another, for the illegal practice of
dentistry, or professional connection or association with any
person, firm, or corporation holding himself, themselves, or
itself out in any manner contrary to this article.
(k)(11) Make use of any advertising relating to the use of
any drug or medicine of unknown formula.
(l)(12) Advertise to practice dentistry or perform any
operation thereunder without causing pain.
(m)(13) Advertise professional superiority or the
performance of professional services in a superior manner.
(n) Advertise prices charged for professional service.
(o) Advertise by means of large display, flickering, or glaring light signs, or contain as a part thereof the
representation of a tooth, teeth, or bridgework, or any portion
of the human head.
(p) Employ or make use of advertising solicitors or free
publicity press agents.
(q)(14) Advertise to guarantee any dental service.
(r) Advertise in any manner calculated to, or tending to,
deceive or mislead the public: Provided, That such licensee may
announce, by way of a professional card containing not more than
his name, title, degree, office location, office hours, business
telephone number, and residence address and telephone number, if
desired, and if he limits his practice to a specialty he may
announce it, but such card shall not be greater in any case than
five inches by six inches in size and such information may be
inserted in public print when not more than two newspaper columns
in width and two inches in depth; and he may announce his change
of place of business, absence from, or return to, business in the
same manner, and issue appointment cards to his patients, when
the information thereon is limited to matter pertaining to the
time and place of appointment and that permitted on the
professional card, and he may display his name, title, and degree
upon the windows or doors of his office and by a doorplate or
nameplate or office directory when the information is limited to
not more than that contained on the professional card, but the
name, title and degree of the licensee shall shall not be displayed on said doors, windows, doorplates, and nameplates or
office directory in lettering greater in height than seven
(s)(15) To solicit subscriptions from individuals within or
without the state for, or advertise or offer to individuals
within or without the state, a course or instruction or course
materials in any phase, part or branch of dentistry or dental
hygiene in any journal, newspaper, magazine or dental
publication, or by means of radio, television, or United States
mail, or in or by any other means of contacting individuals:
Provided, That the foregoing provisions of this subparagraph (s)
shall not be construed so as to prohibit (i) an individual
dentist or dental hygienist from presenting articles pertaining
to procedures or technique to state or national journals or
accepted dental publications, or (ii) educational institutions
approved by the board from offering courses or instruction or
course materials to individual dentists and dental hygienists
from within or without the state.
The term advertising, as used in this section, shall be
construed to include the
use of radio or any loud-speaking device
or any other similar method or agency any and all types of public
(i) Any action or conduct which would have warranted the
denial of the license.
This entire section is passed in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare, and its provisions shall be liberally
construed to carry out its object and purpose.
§30-4-17b. Annual information and renewal fee; notice;
reinstatement; penalty fees; waiver of payment of fee on
retirement or disability; change of address.
On or before the first day of February of each year, every
dentist licensed to practice dentistry in this state, and every
dental hygienist licensed to practice dental hygiene in this
state, shall transmit to the secretary of the board upon a form
prescribed by the board, his signature, post-office address,
office address, the serial number of his license certificate,
whether he has been engaged during the preceding year in the
active and continuous practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, as
the case may be, whether within or without this state, and such
other information as may be required by the board, together with
an information and renewal fee herein provided for.
The annual information and renewal fee for a dentist shall
seventy-five one hundred twenty-five dollars and for a dental
hygienist shall be fifty dollars:Provided, That nothing stated
herein shall prevent the board to set such fees by rule as set
forth in section six, article one of this chapter.
Upon receipt of the required information and the payment of
the proper renewal fee, the licensee shall be issued a renewal
certificate authorizing him to continue the practice of dentistry
or the practice of dental hygiene in this state for a period of one year from the first day of February.
A license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene granted
under the authority of this article shall be canceled on the
first day of May if the holder thereof fails to secure a current
renewal certificate by that day. Any licensee whose license is
thus canceled by reason of the failure, neglect or refusal to
secure the proper renewal certificate may be reinstated by the
board at any time within six months from the date of the
cancellation of said license upon the payment of the proper
renewal fee and an additional fee of twenty-five dollars. If the
licensee shall not apply for renewal of his license as herein
required within the said six months, that person shall, at the
discretion of said board, be required to file an application for
and take the examination provided in this article should he
desire to practice dentistry or dental hygiene in this state.
Upon failure of any licensee to submit the required
information and pay the annual renewal fee as herein required by
the statutory date, the board shall attempt to notify such
licensee in writing by mailing to his last registered address a
notice of the requirements of this section apprising him of the
fact that his license to practice will be canceled on the
statutory date: Provided, That failure to mail or receive such
notice shall not affect the cancellation of his license.
The board may waive the annual payment of the renewal fee
herein required, and issue a renewal certificate to any West Virginia licensee for at least twenty-five years and who is
presently retired from active practice, or to any West Virginia
licensee who has retired for reasons of physical disability, so
long as such retirement continues: Provided, That the licensee
provides the board with the information required by this section.
Every licensed dentist within thirty days of changing his
place of practice or establishing additional offices shall
furnish the secretary of the board with his new professional
Every licensed dental hygienist within thirty days of
changing his place of employment shall furnish the secretary of
the board with his new professional address and the name of his
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide additional
grounds for refusal to issue, suspension or revocation of a
license to practice dentistry; to increase compensation of
members of the board of dental examiners; and, to increase the
annual license renewal fee for dentists to one hundred twenty-
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law and underscoring indicates new language that
would be added.