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Governor visits Dentistry for bill signing

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Gov. Patrick Quinn visits the College of Dentistry Friday

Gov. Pat Quinn signs legislation at the College of Dentistry Friday. Those at the event include  Indru Punwani, professor and head of pediatric dentistry, Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, College of Dentistry Dean Bruce Graham, Ill. Rep. David Miller and  Ill. Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago.

Photo: Kathryn Marchetti

Gov. Patrick Quinn visited the College of Dentistry Friday to sign three bills related to dental practice and children's health.

One bill makes it easier for licensed dentists who live out-of state to provide voluntary care to low-income Illinois families. Another measure creates a shared database to help Illinois’ schools improve their nutritional and physical activity programs, while the third law concerns confidentiality of dental records.

“Keeping Illinois’ children and families healthy is one of my most important duties,” Quinn said.

“This important legislation will help more families see a dentist and help our school districts develop better healthy practices for our children.”

One of the new laws allows the state to issue 10-day permits to dentists and dental hygienists licensed in other states, permitting them to provide free care to low-income families in Illinois.

The legislation was co-sponsored by Ill. Rep. David Miller, D-Dolton, a 1988 graduate of the College of Dentistry. It passed the Illinois General Assembly unanimously and takes effect immediately.

Another law signed Friday requires the Illinois Board of Education to develop a nutritional and physical activity database for use in schools and school districts. The database will include the results of fitness testing by local school districts. It will also offer information on successful nutrition and physical activity programs in the districts.

The third law amends the Dental Practice Act to keep confidential any dental records subpoenaed in Board of Dentistry investigations.


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