Ark. Bill Sought to Dissolve State Medical Board
A bill that would have dissolved the Arkansas State Medical Board and allowed legislative leaders to appoint most new members failed in the state Senate April 12, according to the Arkansas Times. Currently, the governor appoints all members of the Arkansas State Medical Board. The bill would have divided appointments among the governor, the speaker of the House and the Senate president. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, argues that state boards have become too powerful.
Nev. Bill Would Expand Marijuana Sales
Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate medical marijuana licenses for dispensaries, enabling all stores to sell both medical and recreational marijuana. According to the Nevada Current, the bill is supported by dispensary owners who have failed to win licenses to sell recreational weed. It is opposed by other retailers, who characterize it as an end run around the state’s Cannabis Compliance Board.
Viral Cat Video Sparks Probe of Ala. Veterinarian
The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medicine and the local police are investigating complaints about an Ozark veterinarian following a viral Facebook video showing him handling a cat during an examination. According to the Dothan Eagle newspaper, the anonymously posted video shows a bloodied cat following an examination by Tim Richard Logan of Andrews Avenue Animal Hospital.
Fake Ala. Docs Ran Pain, Neuropathy Clinic
Two Alabama men have been arrested for practicing medicine without a license. According to Al.com, William Timothy Rogers and Steven Douglas Elliott ran a Birmingham-area business called Wave Tech Therapy that specialized in chronic pain and neuropathy. They were arrested following an investigation by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and multiple law-enforcement agencies.
N.Y. Athletic Trainers Seek Licensure Requirement
New York athletic trainers are supporting legislation that would establish licensure for the profession, according to ABC affiliate 13wham.com. The state allows for trainers to be certified, and advocates for the bill say licensure is necessary to ensure that athletes receive high-quality care. New York is one of only four states that don’t require athletic trainers to be licensed.
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