On May 4, 2023, Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1576 making Washington the second state to enact the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact.
HB 1576 was sponsored by Rep. Michelle Caldier who is a licensed Dentist.
During the signing ceremony, Governor Inslee describes the bill as beneficial “for those relocating to Washington such as military or other migratory families. Participating in the compact will reduce barriers to joining the workforce.”
Governor Inslee highlights this benefit by saying, “I’m hopeful this is going to help these military families particularly.”
The compact will become active once enacted by seven states.