Oregon may be going back to requiring a clinical exam testing hand skills starting Sept. 1st. Washington currently is accepting it as an emergency temporary measure in light of the current situation. They are working to write the legislation to accept it permanently.
Unfortunately dentistry is too much of a good ol boys club and will be stuck in its ways for years to come. Regional testing boards is a multi million dollar business every year and they have years of relationships with dental boards that will not be overcome by the requests of new dentists overnight. I am hoping that it moves to a universal national assessment like Canada does but I do think it will take time.