State ex rel. Markley v. Bartlett
In State ex rel. Markley v. Bartlett, 130 Conn. 88, 93-95, 32 A.2d 58 (1943), the court held that a provision of a statute outlining the conditions for the issuance of a certificate of approval of medical licenses that provides that the medical examining board "may accept" out-of-state medical licenses was mandatory if the conditions of the statute were otherwise met.
The applicant fulfilled the conditions of the statute and therefore, was entitled to a certificate to practice medicine as of right. The court explained that to effectuate legislative intent, it often is necessary to construe "may" as equivalent to "shall." Id., 93.