TN Medical Board Deletes Policy On COVID Disinfo

The Tennessean reports:

Tennessee’s medical licensing board voted Tuesday to delete a policy opposing coronavirus misinformation from its website due to fears a powerful conservative lawmaker would otherwise dissolve the board and replace its members.

The deletion was spurred by Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, a co-chair of the Joint Government Operations Committee, who insisted board members don’t have the authority to create a new disciplinary offense without the approval of lawmakers on his committee.

During special session in October, lawmakers introduced at least three bills prohibiting the board from disciplining doctors for how they treat or what they say about coronavirus. Some of these restrictions were eventually folded into a COVID-19 omnibus bill passed by lawmakers on Oct. 30 and signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee on Nov. 12.

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