Maine LD 834: An Act To Clarify the Use of |M.D.| To Represent Achievement of a Graduate Degree by an Individual Not Licensed To Practice Medicine in Maine

LD 834 (subjects: LICENSING , MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=834&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Patricia Hymanson of York: (D – District 4) — e-mail

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 House Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator MASON of Androscoggin , REFERRED to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, in concurrence.
6/9/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative HERBIG of Belfast, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-350) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-350).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator VOLK of Cumberland Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-350) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED by Committee Amendment “A” (H-350) , in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/12/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/15/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 400V
107 having voted in the affirmative and 40 in the negative, with 4 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/30/2015 Senate LD 834 In Senate, June 30, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 33 In Favor and 2 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 834 as originally introduced. L.D. 834 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-350) .

An Act To Clarify the Use of “M.D.” To Represent Achievement of a Graduate Degree by an Individual Not Licensed To Practice Medicine in Maine

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 32 MRSA 3270, 2nd , as amended by PL 1993, c. 600, Pt. A, 204, is further amended to read:

Whoever, not being duly licensed by the board, practices medicine or surgery or a branch of medicine or surgery, or purports to practice medicine or surgery or a branch of medicine or surgery in a way cited in this section, or who uses the title “Doctor” or the letters “Dr.” or the letters “M.D.” in connection with that individual’s name, contrary to this section, commits a Class E crime. The prefixing of the title “Doctor” or the letters “Dr.” or the appending of the letters “M.D.” by an individual to that individual’s name or the use of the title of doctor or physician in any way by an individual not licensed as described is prima facie evidence that that individual is purporting to practice medicine or surgery contrary to this section, except that nothing Nothing contained in this section prevents an individual who has received the doctor’s degree from a reputable college or university , other than the degree of “Doctor of Medicine” from prefixing the letters “Dr.” to that individual’s name, if that individual is not engaged, and does not engage, in the practice of medicine or surgery or the treatment of a disease or human ailment. Nothing in this chapter may be construed as to affect or prevent the practice of the religious tenets of a church in the ministration to the sick or suffering by mental or spiritual means.

summary

The bill enables an individual who has earned the graduate degree Doctor of Medicine to use the letters “Dr.” or “M.D.” prefixed or appended to that individual’s name, so long as the individual is not representing to the public that the individual is licensed and authorized to practice medicine in the State.

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