Texas Dental Board

The Texas Tribune had a story (“Texas Dental Board is Accused of Ineptitude“) that reflect one of the worries behind the bureaucracy in Texas.

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is composed of 15 member appointed to six-year terms by the governor: 8 dentists,  2 dental hygienists, and 5 public members. Thus, like most of the commissions that oversee our licensing and regulatory boards, the board is dominated by professionals in the field. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to make sure that the board has some understanding of what they are regulating. However, it also builds in a potential for conflict of interests that will worry citizens.

Here’s the challenge for Texans: Do you want to hand agencies like this entirely to professional bureaucrats, or do you allow citizen-commissioners with potential conflicts of interests?

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