Ala. Senate OKs Mobile Hair, Nail Salons
The Alabama Senate on April 29 approved a bill that would allow mobile hair and nail salons, according to AL.com. The legislation, a response to COVID-related shutdowns, had already cleared the state House. If it’s signed into law, the Alabama Board of Cosmetology and Barbering will have until Jan. 1, 2022, to adopt rules for the regulation and licensing of mobile salons.
Nev. Bill Would Clarify Contractor License Requirements
A bill working its way through the Nevada Legislature addresses a construction industry dispute involving the classification of temporary workers. The bill would require licensed contractors or their employees to perform any work that requires a contractor’s license, according to the Nevada Current. The bill would clarify ambiguous wording in state law that allows contractors to hire freelance labor, including temporary workers and gig workers, to work on projects. The bill is backed by the Nevada State Contractors Board and opposed by temporary staffing agencies.
Mich. Care Provider to Lose License after Near Drowning
The state of Michigan intends to revoke the license of a child-care provider in Grand Rapids following an incident in which a child in her care almost drowned in a Holiday Inn Express pool. According to MLive.com, Melanie Williams took seven children to use the pool on March 27, and none had flotation devices. During the visit, one of the children left the kiddie pool, entered a deeper pool and was found several minutes later floating face-down and not breathing. The state issued Williams a license to operate a family child-care home in May 2019. She had been cited twice for licensing violations prior to the March incident. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced May 4 that Williams’ license has been suspended pending revocation.
N.Y. Proposes Police, Peace Officer Licensing
New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would require local police officers to be licensed by the state, according to The Post-Journal. The bill’s sponsors object to the fact that disciplinary power currently belongs with municipal agencies and argue that police, like many other professionals, should be licensed by the state. If the law passes, a Municipal Police Training Council would have to create a mandatory licensing program and issue five-year licenses to all currently serving officers by the beginning of 2023. The legislation also would create an Independent Police and Peace Officer Licensing Board to investigate allegations of misconduct.
Kan. Governor Allows Renewal Deadlines to be Imposed
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order April 27 that allows for the re-establishment of license renewal deadlines. According to KSNW, renewal deadlines were suspended during the COVID pandemic in order to limit in-person contact required to renew professional licenses. The April 27 order allows state agencies to decide when and if renewal deadlines should be extended.
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