§ 5-31.1-2 Board of examiners in dentistry Members Compensation Funds. (a) There is created within the department of health the Rhode Island board of examiners in dentistry, which is composed of the following members:
(1) Six (6) licensed dentists;
(2) Four (4) public members not associated with the dental field;
(3) Two (2) licensed dental hygienists; and
(4) The chief of the office of dental public health, who serves as a member of the board.
(b) The governor shall appoint the members of the board, except that prior to appointing the six (6) dentist members the governor may submit a list of all candidates to the appropriate dental societies for comments as to their qualifications. No member shall be appointed for more than two (2) consecutive full terms. A member appointed for less than a full term (originally or to fill a vacancy) may serve two (2) full terms in addition to that part of a full term, and a former member is again eligible for appointment after a lapse of one or more years. All subsequent appointments to the board shall be for a term of three (3) years. Any member of the board may be removed by the governor for neglect of duty, misconduct, malfeasance, or misfeasance in office after being given a written statement of the charges against him or her and sufficient opportunity to be heard on the charges. The board shall elect from its members a chairperson who shall be a dentist duly licensed under the laws of the state of Rhode Island, and a vice-chairperson who shall in the absence of the chairperson exercise all powers of the chairperson, and secretary, who serve for one year or until their successors are appointed and qualified. The board shall meet at least once a month or more often upon the call of the chairperson, director of health or dental administrator, at any times and places that the chairperson designates.
(c) Members of the board shall not be paid for the discharge of official duties.
(d) The administration of the board shall be funded from
annual fees. The director shall in consultation with the board determine the
amount of the annual fee to be charged to each licensed dentist and dental
hygienist, the payment of which is a condition to practicing dentistry or
dental hygiene in the state. The director or the dental administrator has the
authority to suspend or revoke the license of any dentist or dental hygienist
who does not pay the annual fee. Monies shall be received by the department and
deposited in the general fund as general revenues.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 358, § 2; P.L. 1989, ch. 534, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 370, art. 40, § 14; P.L. 2001, ch. 260, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 273, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 21, § 10.)