Standing Committee of the Dental Board
Jennifer Rodriguez, RDAEF
Anne Contreras, RDA, Vice Chair
Pamela Davis-Washington, RDA
Judith Forsythe, RDA, Board Member, Chair
Tamara McNealy, RDA
Open, RDA
Ross Lai, DDS

Board President: Steve Morrow, DDS (1/2018)
Vice President: Judith Forsythe, RDA (1/2017)
Secretary: Steven Afriat, Public member (1/2017)
Fran Burton, Public member (1/2017)
Steven Chan, DDS (10/2020)
Yvette Chappell-Ingram (1/2020)
Katie Dawson, RDHAP (1/2017)
Kathleen King, Public member (1/2018)
Ross Lai, DDS (1/2017)
Huong Le, DDS (1/2019)
Meredith McKenzie, ESQ, Public Member (1/2020)
Thomas Stewart, DDS (1/2017)
Bruce Whitcher, DDS (1/2019)
Debra Woo, DDS (1/2017)


The Government Relations Committee of the CDAA represents the interest of dental assistants in California in legislative matters affecting the licensure and practice of DA’s, RDA’s and RDAEF’s. We are your voice and work in collaboration with the California Association of Dental Assisting Teachers (CADAT) and the Foundation of Allied Dental Education (FADE) to promote and protect the profession.


NEWS from the Government Relations Committee

RDA Practical Exam

The July 1 deadline for signature of the urgency legislation was not met, so at this point, the Dental Board cannot issue licenses . . . read more

Occupational Analysis – RDA

OPES will be bringing multiple options for the RDA Practical Exam to the August Board meeting. Stay tuned – or come to the meeting! . . . read more


Notice from the Dental Board re the RDA Practical Exam


Annual Government Relations Report – April 2017




Current Bills Affecting Dental Assisting

*AB648. Virtual Dental Home allows specially trained dental hygienists and assistants in certain community settings (community clinics, nursing homes, preschools, etc.) to provide basic care for patients under the diagnosis and direction of a dentist using telehealth technology, which helps expand access to care for patients who face difficulties in getting to a traditional dental office.

*AB2782. Will establish a statewide 2 cent per ounce fee on the distribution of sodas, energy drinks and sugar added juices, which will generate $3 billion in revenue that will provide more nutrition and physical education in schools, better access to clean drinking water, more healthy food options in at-risk communities, more preventive dental services and other programs that will help combat the epidemics of dental disease, diabetes and heart disease.

*SBX25. This has been signed by the Governor regulates e-cigarettes, protecting the public by treating as a tobacco product.  Effective June 13, 2016

*SB7X2. Raises the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

*AB2X9. Requires schools to adopt and enforce a tobacco-free campus, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes.

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