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2010 Election Wrap-Up

November 18, 2010

The 2010 general election concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 2.  There are a number of changes that will transpire in the state of Colorado as a result of the election. Please look through the list of winning candidates provided in this article and let us know if you have a relationship with any elected official. Personal relationships with legislators are often key to success on legislative issues.

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Amalgam Separators - Proposed Rule

October 7, 2010

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to issue a proposed rule next year to mandate amalgam separators. The EPA's announcement stated, "EPA expects to propose a rule next year and finalize it in 2012. Dental offices will be able to use existing technology to meet the proposed requirements.  Amalgam separators can separate out 95% of the mercury normally discharged to the local waste treatment plant."

The CDA will monitor this rule development as progress is made and keep membership informed. 

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2010 State Legislative Session Ends

May 13, 2010

Yesterday evening, the Colorado state legislature adjourned for the year.  This session the legislature dealt with a number of groundbreaking and controversial issues including regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries, budget balancing measures, education, energy initiatives and more. 

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ADA President Testifies to House Appropriations Committee on Oral Health Programs Funding

May 13, 2010

Yesterday, the ADA President urged the House Appropriations Committee to continue funding several federal oral health programs.  Dr. Ron Tankersley provided an example of a research program related to salivary diagnostics, which may have a positive impact in early diagnosis of many chronic health conditions and cancers. 

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8 Days and Counting

May 3, 2010

With just 8 days remaining in the state legislative session, legislators still have much on their plates.  Medical marijuana regulations are a hot topic, as are education, payday loans and congressional redistricting.  The Denver Post offers details on the remaining legislative agenda.

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Banking Committee in U.S. Senate Proposes to Increase Dental Funding

April 30, 2010

The Senate Banking Committee’s 2011 budget resolution, approved on April 22, would increase funding for several dental programs and initiatives, including health profession training programs, community health centers and the National Institutes of Health.  The budget resolution is a policy document that helps guide the committees that appropriate federal funds.

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