The bill, known as "Ryan’s Law," amends Section 5-90-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-90 to grant licensing boards that govern the professional conduct of individuals with the authority to prescribe controlled substances the power to fine licensees found guilty of unprofessional conduct or violations of laws, rules, regulations, orders, licenses, or approvals issued by the director. The bill stipulates that no fine shall be assessed for the first offense, a maximum of $1,000 for the second offense, and a maximum of $5,000 for each subsequent offense. It also allows for the assessment of administrative costs of proceedings up to $5,000, except for individuals licensed under chapter 37 of the title. Licensees who fail to pay fines may face disciplinary actions, including revocation of their license.

Additionally, the bill introduces a new provision that mandates a minimum three-year probationary period for any licensee found guilty of overprescribing controlled substances resulting in death. If a licensee commits a subsequent violation related to the conduct for which they are on probation, it may lead to suspension or revocation of their license. The Department of Health is tasked with adopting rules and regulations to guide the appropriate range of sanctions and criteria for recommending specific sanctions or administrative monetary penalties. The act will take effect immediately upon passage.

Statutes affected:
2758: 5-90-1