Two Michigan lawmakers plan to introduce bills that would prevent health care providers convicted of criminal sexual conduct from getting their licenses reinstated.
Rep. Rick Jones, a Republican from Grand Ledge, says the legislation stems from the case of a Michigan dentist who had his license reinstated with restrictions in 2007 after he had served jail time for drugging and sexually assaulting a patient.
The case that brought the issue to Jones' attention involves Millington dentist Donald R. Quinn. A message seeking comment was left Wednesday afternoon for Quinn at his office.
The 51-year-old Quinn in 2002 pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of possession of Ecstasy, one count of delivery of Ecstasy and one count of possession of a taser gun. He was sentenced to a year in jail and five years' probation.
Quinn was then of Farmington Hills.
Quinn's license was suspended in 2002. An administrative law judge proposed that Quinn's license be reinstated in 2007.
The Michigan Board of Dentistry reinstated Quinn's license for two years with limitations including a requirement that he be supervised by another dentist preapproved by the board. Quinn couldn't possess or prescribe controlled substances and was subject to random, unannounced visits by a board member.
"I can see no reason why someone convicted of something like this should have a license," Jones said Wednesday.
Jones said Democratic Rep. Bettie Cook Scott of Detroit also would introduce a bill in the package. A message was left seeking comment from Scott on Wednesday afternoon.
Jones scheduled a press conference to discuss the legislation Thursday.