When you go to visit your doctor or dentist, the last thing on your mind should be whether or not your health care professional has ever been convicted of a violent crime.

When you go to visit your doctor or dentist, the last thing on your mind should be whether or not your health care professional has ever been convicted of a violent crime.

That is why the Senate took action to help protect patients by introducing and passing Senate Bill 235. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed this vital measure into law as Public Act 222 of 2011.

This new law will help protect patients from doctors convicted of felonies for certain violent crimes.

Under Public Act 222 of 2011, health care professionals convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) 1, 2 or 3 can have their licenses or registration permanently revoked. Additionally, licenses permanently revoked for any of those crimes cannot be reinstated.

This law was introduced after a woman who was assaulted by her dentist, Donald Quinn, contacted a state senator when she discovered his license was reinstated. The Farmington Hills dentist had his license renewed following a conviction of rape and other CSC violations.

Plain and simple, individuals convicted of rape and other sex crimes should not be practicing medicine. Health care workers are supposed to take care of people, not cause them harm.

I’m proud to have supported such an important measure and I’m glad to see it on the books.

Sen. Joe Hune represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.