Arkansas doctor drops federal lawsuit, claims law is "archaic"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 doctor has dropped a lawsuit he filed in federal court against the Arkansas Board of Dentistry, according to documents obtained by Region 8 News.

Dr. Ben Burris filed a suit in 2014 against the board for what he calls an "archaic" state law, which prevented him from offering stand-alone basic services like cleanings and x-rays because he had declared a "specialty".

Burris filed a notice of dismissal in United States District Court Jan. 8.

Despite dropping the suit, Burris claims the Arkansas law is unconstitutional because it prevents specialists from providing basic services.

Dentists who have not declared a specialty are allowed to offer basic services under state law, Burris said.

Burris said he wants to offer low-cost teeth cleanings to people who cannot afford the service.

Burris told Region 8 News he plans to bring the issue before the Arkansas Legislature in the upcoming session.

Burris also said he is surrendering his Arkansas Orthodontic License, but he will still have his Arkansas Dental License, which allows him to practice.

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