The BOC has joined with representatives from other national professional licensing board associations to form a coalition in response to a US Supreme Court decision affecting regulatory boards.
The Professional Licensing Coalition (PLC) has spearheaded federal efforts to eliminate the threat of antitrust liability from regulatory boards and their members when they are acting in their official capacity. In its 2015 ruling on North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the Supreme Court said state licensing boards composed of market participants do not necessarily have immunity from antitrust laws.
The PLC’s strategy is to amend the 1984 Local Government Anti-Trust Act (LGAA) to include state regulatory boards. BOC Executive Director Denise Fandel is serving as the BOC’s representative to the coalition to help shape legislation that will protect those who serve on state boards from potential litigation.
The BOC will provide updates from the coalition as they become available.