The Dental Lobby’s Influence Over Sacramento
After their son died while under anesthesia for a dental procedure, two parents began their fight to introduce stricter regulations for the industry. They didn't realize, however, just how much power their opponent has.
An East Bay Child’s Death And The Power Of The Dental Lobby
After their 6-year-old son died following a dental procedure, a Bay Area couple went to the California Legislature, hoping a new law could prevent other families from experiencing similar tragedy. What they’ve found, so far, is that dentists hold surprising sway in Sacramento. More, it seems, than grieving parents making a plea for change. The California Dental Association spent about $664,000 lobbying in California last year – more than the pharmaceutical industry trade group or the association for Hollywood movie studios. (Rosenhall, 4/14)