NC legislators to learn more about US Supreme Court ruling involving dental licensing board


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina legislators want to learn about a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving the state's dental licensing board and what it may mean for regulators monitoring professional fields of work.

A General Assembly committee scheduled a meeting Monday to hear a presentation on the high court's opinion last month.

The justices agreed federal trade officials were right to rule the State Board of Dental Examiners violated antitrust rules when it worked to halt teeth-whitening services sold by non-dentists at kiosks or tanning solutions. The board is comprised almost entirely of dentists. Potential teeth-whitening customers ultimately had to go to licensed dentists for more expensive treatment.

The dental examiner board's chief operating officer is also expected to address the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee.

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