Legislative

U.S Supreme Court ruling poses anti-trust concerns for state licensing boards

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in their case against the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The justices agreed with the FTC that the Dental Board was suppressing competition when they attempted to prevent non-dentists from providing teeth whitening services to the public. The FTC works to prevent anti-competitive practices and increase choice to consumers. The Dental Board, consisting primarily of licensed dentists, had issued cease and desist...

Read More

Legislative Activity: bills that will impact veterinary medicine in 2015

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

WSVMA’s legislative advocate Greg Hanon is tracking bills that impact veterinary medicine through the legislative process this year. February 20 is the final day for bills to be considered in committee, although fiscal bills can be considered until February 27. All bills will not make it through their respective committees. The WSVMA has taken positions on three bills this year so far: Support: Senate Bill 5501, would close loopholes and improve current animal cruelty statutes relating to the crimes of animal...

Read More

2015 legislative session launches with WSVMA on the watch

  |   Legislative, Uncategorized

The 2015 Washington State legislature convened on Monday January 12 for a 105-day legislative session. WSVMA’s legislative advocate, Greg Hanon, has been on hand to gather and analyze the numerous bills that may affect veterinary medicine, animal welfare and the business of veterinary practice. Right now, over forty bills we’re watching are listed on our tracking reports that are sent to members and posted on the WSVMA website. If you have a question or concern about one of the bills,...

Read More