Calif. High Court OKs Special Licensing for Law School Grads
The California Supreme Court has approved a rule creating a temporary licensing program for 2020 law school graduates as an alternative to the bar exam, Bloomberg Law reports. Provisional licenses will be available to people who were eligible for the bar exam between Dec. 1, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020. Applicants also must have an offer of employment, among other things. The program takes effect Nov. 17 and ends in June 2022.
Enhanced Immunization Authority for Pharm. Techs, Interns
State-licensed pharmacy interns and “qualified” pharmacy technicians enjoy greater immunization authority under guidance recently released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The guidance, reports pharmacist.com, not only allows qualified interns and techs to administer ACIP-recommended childhood vaccines and FDA-authorized COVID vaccines and tests, but it grants liability coverage for these duties during the public health emergency. The guidance can be found here.
Texas Psychiatrist Rounded Up in Prostitution Sting
A Texas psychiatrist rounded up in an October prostitution sting had his license suspended in 2011 following a series of complaints from three women, reports KJAS news in Jasper. According to Texas Medical Board documents, a patient of Dr. Rajen Desai complained that he showed up at her home uninvited after her first session. He told her she didn’t need medication, KJAS reports, but did need a boyfriend. Desai’s suspension lasted approximately four months.
Penn. Gov. Pushes to Waive Alcohol License Fees
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Oct. 23 that he’d like the state liquor control board to waive licensing fees for bars and restaurants struggling with COVID-related restrictions, according to The Center Square. Legislative Republicans and the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association argued that a bill Wolf had vetoed would have helped businesses more. It would have rolled back capacity restrictions for all restaurants and allowed alcohol sales beyond 11 p.m.
Mass. to Add Pot-Delivery Licenses
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted Oct. 20 to allow home delivery of recreational weed, beginning in 2021. The agency will issue two types of licenses, The Boston Globe reports. A “courier” permit will allow licensees to pick up orders from brick and mortar shops and deliver them for a fee to customers. A “warehouse” license will allow companies to operate like retailers, but without physical storefronts. They will buy marijuana in bulk and sell it online via home delivery. The rules are opposed by many brick-and-mortar retailers.
Architect Licensing Exam Goes Online
Architecture graduates and other qualified people will be able to take the national licensing examination online, beginning in mid-December, reports The Construction Specifier. They will have the option to take the six-part Architect Registration Examine online, at Prometric centers or at a combination of both.
Ga. Stores Prepare to Deliver Alcoholic Beverages
Stores in Georgia are gearing up to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers’ homes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Oct. 22. The state General Assembly approved the concept four months ago, but businesses couldn’t get started until the Department of Revenue approved training courses designed to ensure that recipients are at least 21 years old.