Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Medical Board bill stumbles in Senate

- Michael R. Wickline

A measure that would dissolve the state Medical Board’s current membership and split new appointmen­ts between the governor and legislativ­e leaders failed to clear the Arkansas Senate on Monday.

In a 19-13 vote, the Senate rejected Senate Bill 570, by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro. The bill fell five votes short of the 18 required for approval in the 35-member Senate. The Senate later expunged the vote to clear the way for another vote.

The bill would end the terms of all 14 members of the board before the end of this year, and also add one seat, for a total of 15, and have appointmen­ts split among the governor, the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore. Currently, all Medical Board members are appointed by the governor.

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