Foster-Child Adoptions on the Rise in Ga.
Children in Georgia’s foster-care program are being adopted at a rising rate, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The number of adoptions through the Georgia Division of Children and Family Services nearly doubled from 2014, when 799 children were adopted, to 2019, when 1,518 were adopted. The rate of adoptions has risen along with the number. About 5% of children in foster care were adopted in 2014 and 8% in 2019.
Vt. Allows Marijuana Sales
Vermont has become the 11th state to tax and regulate cannabis. Gov. Phil Scott allowed relevant legislation to become law without his signature on Oct. 7, urging legislators to strengthen education and prevention measures, including the adoption of a ban on advertising that might appeal to children, according to Vermont Business Magazine.
Wash. Bill Would Reform Police Decertification Process
Police officers must be certified to work in Washington state. However, few of the state’s 11,000 police officers there are decertified – on average only 13 per year – prompting Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, to propose legislation that would increase the role of civilians in the decertification process. The proposal also would expand the reasons for decertification, according to the Seattle Times.
Calif. Extends Dental Licensing Exams
A waiver issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs on Sept. 30 gives dental hygienists and dental assistants more time to complete licensing exams. The waiver applies to licenses considered abandoned between March 31 and Nov. 20 due to COVID lockdowns mandated by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the inability to take exams. The waiver extends the exam completion date to two years and six months from the date the dental board received an application, according to the California Dental Association.
Wash. Collections Board Extends Remote- Work Rule
The Washington Collection Agency Board (CAB) has extended a work-from-home rule for employees of licensed collection agencies until Feb. 17. The CAB’s temporary extension, part of an effort to create a permanent remote work rule, offers additional options for the accounts receivable management industry. The temporary rule still requires licensed agencies with remote workers to follow applicable laws and rules, according to ACA International.
Mo. Officers to Receive Implicit Bias Training
The Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission voted Oct. 5 to require law enforcement officers to receive training in de-escalation techniques and implicit bias. The decision followed a survey of over 2,000 people regarding law enforcement training. The Missouri Department of Public Safety also plans to consider licensing the Lincoln University academy to provide law enforcement training, according to KRCG.