HB5 was killed Friday in the House of Representatives after opponents said people would lose their jobs and reputations if the state approved a proposal to make the public aware of professionals whose licenses have been restricted.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gary Cox, D-Kearns, required doctors, dentists and other professionals whose licenses have been restricted by the state's Department of Public Licensing to display a document stating the restrictions.Cox retold the story of a man whose son had been sexually abused by a dentist whose license was restricted, but no one knew about the restrictions.
But several Republican lawmakers looked at the bill from a professional's view. Rep. Kevin Garn, R-Layton, said a person could make "technical errors" and have their license restricted.
"We're subjecting good people who have made a technical mistake to job loss," he said.
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake, disagreeed. "I've never seen a technical slip-up" result in a license restriction, said Arent, an attorney. The house defeated the bill 39-28.