Current North Carolina law is inconsistent in that out-of-state practitioners who practice medicine without a license are guilty of a Class I Felony, while in-state practitioners are only guilty of a misdemeanor. SB 31 would bring parity to the penalty by making it a Class I Felony, the lowest grade felony, to practice medicine without a license no matter where you live.
SB 31 does not affect any legal scope of medical practice in the state of North Carolina. Licensed health care providers will not be adversely affected by this legislation and North Carolina patients will be protected.
This bill passed out of the Senate earlier this month, without an opposing vote and received a favorable report from the House Judiciary B Subcommittee on Wednesday morning. It will be debated and voted on by the entire House on Monday evening at 7 pm – this will be a very important vote to protect the practice of medicine in our state. Please take the time this weekend to contact your Representative and ask them to vote “yes” for SB 31 on Monday night! (Need help finding your Representative? Click here.)