House Bill No. 5706Why in the name of all that is holy is this being discussed in the Connecticut General Assembly?
Public Act No. 08-24
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2008) Each dentist licensed in this state who either makes or directs to be made a removable prosthetic denture, bridge, appliance or other structure to be worn in a person's mouth, shall offer to the patient for whom the prosthesis is to be made, the opportunity to have such prosthesis marked with the patient's name or initials. Such markings shall be accomplished at the time the prosthesis is made and the location and methods used to apply or implant such markings shall be determined by the dentist or person directed to act on behalf of the dentist. Such marking shall be permanent, legible and cosmetically acceptable. A dentist shall advise the patient of any additional charges that may be incurred to obtain such markings on the prosthesis. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, if in the professional judgment of the dentist or the entity that is making the prosthesis, such markings are not practicable or clinically safe, the identifying marks may be omitted entirely.
Approved April 29, 2008
That this bill was even brought up, let alone PASSED, indicates a complete misunderstanding of the function of legislature and government... oh, Lord, I weep; Ron Paul weeps with me.
It's like they're all just sitting there, thinking of ways to amuse themselves.
I can see why politicians lose sight of what's important, when crap like this gets thrown at you for your first few years. You think, "Well, why not?..." You don't want to be the asshole standing up and saying no. No one else even cares. They're just there because they were either too lazy to become public school teachers (or couldn't deal with small children), or because they have some wild ambitions to higher office.
I'm disgusted right now. I don't really know what to say. The 2008 General Assembly session runs from Feb 6 to May 7. It might be worth the occasional trek to Hartford to give 'em hell.