Biden Targets ‘Unnecessary’ Occupational Licensing
President Biden signed an executive order on July 9 that takes aim at a number of anti-competitive practices, including what the administration deems “unnecessary, cumbersome occupational licensing requirements that impede economic mobility.” Because licensing rules vary from one state to another, the White House notes, they can make it difficult for people moving between states to gain employment.
Background Check Problems Cost Wisc. Child Care Providers
Hundreds of child-care providers in Wisconsin have lost out on federal COVID-relief funding because of missing background checks, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. Changes made to the federal Child Development Block Grant program require child care providers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks. The deadline to comply was June 1, shortly before the latest round of relief payments.
Wash. to Stop Housing Foster Kids in Hotels, Offices
Washington’s Department of Children, Youth and Families agreed to stop housing foster children in hotels, offices and cars, according to a proposed agreement with children’s attorneys. The agreement, reports The Imprint, requires the state to create alternative housing plans for foster children by Nov. 1. Additional changes, such as proper nutrition and adequate school, take effect immediately after a federal judge signs the agreement. In January, advocates filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three foster children who had been housed in emergency placements such as hotels and offices. The suit alleges that the placements exacerbated the kids’ mental health problems.
Fla. Group Calls for Licensing of Structural Engineers
The recent collapse of a condominium tower in Florida prompted four engineering associations to call for establishing licensing requirements for structural engineers. According to The Center Square, the ad hoc group also called on lawmakers to strengthen Florida’s inspection codes, which currently require only a visual inspection to confirm a building’s integrity. On June 24, the Champlain Towers South condominium collapsed in Surfside.
Ohio Home Inspectors Must Now Be Licensed
As of July 1, Ohio requires the licensing of home inspectors, according to the Sandusky Register. New home inspectors must receive training, demonstrate experience and pass a criminal background check, among other things. Existing home inspectors have been grandfathered and need only demonstrate experience in the profession.
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