Two political rivals are joining forces at the state capitol. They are on a mission to protect not only your safety, but that of others, when you visit a health care professional. My TV 20's Dave Leval explains from Lansing.
Rep Rick Jones/(R)-Grand Ledge
"For any crime of this nature, a health professional should not get their license back."
State Representative Rick Jones of Grand Ledge is on a mission to make sure that does not happen. Jones is co-sponsoring legislation that would prevent convicted sex offenders from either regaining their license in Michigan, or even applying for one. It's not because of something that happened in his district. It took place in Farmington Hills, and involves Dr. Donald Quinn, a dentist who practiced here.
Quinn admitted he fondled a female patient after he drugged in 2002. Quinn served one year in prison. He regained his license in 2007 with several restrictions in place.
Rep. Bettie Scott/(D)-Detroit
"It was a degree of frustration, not anger, because that could have been me."
Detroit's Bettie Scott is the other author of the bill. She and Jones may represent different parties, but they share something in common. Both are former law enforcement officers.
"I was shocked that we would take a human being, take her life, and marginalize the brutal assault on her as something incidental."
"I was shocked anyone in the state could get a health professional license back afer committing that type of crime."
Now, these political rivals want to make sure that does not happen again. In Lansing, Dave Leval, My TV 20 news at 10.
Dr. Quinn now practrices in Millington. We left a message at Dr. Quinn's office, but, it was not returned.