2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 15, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Bernier, Sanfelippo, Allen,
Born, R. Brooks, Kessler, Mursau, Nygren, Ripp, Skowronski, Summerfield,
Thiesfeldt, Tranel, Tusler, E. Brooks, Goyke, Kremer, Murphy, Jacque, C.
, Kolste, Rohrkaste, Tauchen, Petryk, Gannon, Riemer, Kooyenga,
Considine, Sargent, Spiros, Macco, Schraa, Ohnstad, Sinicki, Jarchow,
Horlacher, Anderson, Billings, Tittl, Stafsholt, Doyle, Subeck, Bowen
and Felzkowski, cosponsored by Senators Harsdorf, Carpenter, Vukmir,
Moulton, Johnson, Marklein, Wirch, Olsen, Bewley, Darling, Kapenga, C.
, L. Taylor, Testin, Ringhand, Wanggaard, Hansen and Risser.
Referred to Committee on Health.
AB146,1,2 1An Act to amend 447.06 (2) (a) 4. and 447.06 (2) (b) and (c) (intro.); and to create
2447.06 (2) (a) 9. of the statutes; relating to: the practice of dental hygienists.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill expands the circumstances under which dental hygienists are
permitted to practice dental hygiene. Under the bill, dental hygienists are allowed
to practice in the following settings without the authorization and presence of a
licensed dentist: 1) federal, state, county, or municipal correctional or detention
facilities and facilities established to provide care for terminally ill patients; 2)
charitable institutions open to the general public or members of a religious sect or
order; 3) nonprofit home health care agencies; 4) nonprofit dental care programs
serving primarily indigent, economically disadvantaged, or migrant worker
populations; 5) nursing homes, community-based residential facilities, and
hospitals; and 6) facilities that are primarily operated for the purpose of providing
outpatient medical services.
Current law does not specifically authorize dental hygienists to practice in
facilities operated primarily to provide outpatient medical services. Also, current
law does not permit dental hygienists to practice in settings 1) through 5) unless a
licensed dentist who is present authorizes the services or the services are performed
under a written or oral prescription and certain other conditions are met.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
1Section 1. 447.06 (2) (a) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB146,2,52 447.06 (2) (a) 4. For a facility, as defined in s. 50.01 (1m), a hospital, as defined
3in s. 50.33 (2),
a state or federal prison, county jail or other federal, state, county or
4municipal correctional or detention facility, or a facility established to provide care
5for terminally ill patients.
AB146,2 6Section 2. 447.06 (2) (a) 9. of the statutes is created to read:
AB146,2,97 447.06 (2) (a) 9. At a facility, as defined in s. 50.01 (1m), a hospital, as defined
8in s. 50.33 (2), or a facility that is primarily operated to provide outpatient medical
AB146,3 10Section 3. 447.06 (2) (b) and (c) (intro.) of the statutes are amended to read:
AB146,2,1511 447.06 (2) (b) A dental hygienist may practice dental hygiene or perform
12remediable procedures under par. (a) 1., 4., 6., 7. or 8. only as authorized by a dentist
13who is licensed to practice dentistry under this chapter and who is present in the
14facility in which those practices or procedures are performed, except as provided in
15par. (c).
AB146,2,1916 (c) (intro.) A dental hygienist may practice dental hygiene or perform
17remediable procedures under par. (a) 1., 4., 6., 7. or 8. if a dentist who is licensed to
18practice dentistry under this chapter is not present in the facility in which those
19practices or procedures are performed only if all of the following conditions are met:
AB146,2,2020 (End)