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State Board Report

November 2016

The Supreme Court has spoken in the North Carolina Dental Board case and, as a result of that decision, more than 20 jurisdictions have taken some action and others are concerned about potential violations of antitrust law, NASBA Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs John Johnson reported to the Annual Meeting. After the presidential election, a bill developed by the Professional Licensing Coalition (PLC) will be filed to amend the 1984 Local Government Anti-Trust Act to include state regulatory boards. The aim is to eliminate the threat of antitrust financial liability from regulatory boards and their members when they are acting in their official capacity. The PLC is seeking bipartisan support for the legislation.

Partnering with NASBA in the PLC are the: American Association of Veterinary State Boards, American Psychological Association, Association of Social Work Boards, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Legislative counsel from the firms of Constantine Cannon LLP and Wilmer Hale have been engaged to work for the PLC.

Contact John Johnson at 615-880-4232 or jjohnson@nasba.org if you can be of any assistance. Talking points are also available about the issue and Federal solution being proposed by the PLC.

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