Maskless N.Y. Liquor Board Fines Bars for Mask Violations
A streamed live online video of a Sept. 2 New York State Liquor Authority board meeting shows board members not wearing masks, appearing to break the state’s mask rule, according to the Times Union. Board members got close to each other at times during the meeting while assessing fines on bars and restaurants for violating their mask order. During the meeting, members seem to break New York’s reopening guidelines, including not staying six feet apart, according to the Times Union.
COVID bill would waive background checks for N.C. childcare centers
A North Carolina bill would loosen licensing requirements for childcare providers during the coronavirus pandemic. Childcare providers would no longer need to provide background checks or report confirmed COVID cases. And staff members no longer would need CPR or first aid training, according to the News & Observer. The state has fast-tracked the coronavirus relief package, leaving little time for much public input about the provision.
‘Granny cams’ in nursing homes suggested by Ga. lawmaker
Georgia Rep. Demetrius Douglas has proposed legislation to allow cameras in nursing home room. He argues that with COVID restrictions blocking visits to senior facilities, family members lack basic information about their loved ones, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition, staffing shortages make getting in touch with care providers at the facility a challenge. Douglas said facilities failed to notify members of outbreaks—or even of deaths—at these facilities in a timely manner. Douglas’ House Bill 849, to allow cameras at nursing homes, has been blocked at the Capitol.
Ariz. class action suit proposes foster care system overhaul
A proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit requires significant changes to Arizona’s Department of Child Safety (DCS) foster care system, according to azcentral. The lawsuit, filed in February 2015, alleges “deliberate indifference” towards children, such as a lack of medical care, as well as a lack of visits with siblings and parents. Proposed requirements for DCS include improved behavioral health services and tracking medical checkups, along with monitoring the workloads of case managers.
Texas foster care lawsuit alleges shoddy providers endanger children
Lawyers in a Texas foster care lawsuit want sanctions levied on Gov. Greg Abbot, the Department of Family and Protective Services, as well as the Health and Human Services Commission for failing to improve long-term foster care, as ordered by the court. The judge in the case pointed to the death of a 14-year old girl, K.C., who collapsed and died at a foster care facility, as evidence of shoddy providers endangering children. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Paul Yetter, represents 12,000 children in the case, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Children’s advocates urge expansion of W. Va. foster-care suit
Lawyers for A Better Childhood, a national child advocacy group, and Disability Rights of West Virginia urged a judge Sept. 2 to expand a 2019 class action lawsuit against West Virginia officials to cover all of the state’s foster children—more than 6,900 minors. Attorneys argued that the state has failed to make substantial reforms since filing the initial complaint, according to West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The non-profit Children’s Home Society says West Virginia has the most kids per capita in state custody, with much of the rise due to the opioid epidemic. According to Marcia Lowry, an attorney for A Better Childhood, nine of the original 12 children in the class action were moved more than 100 times since entering foster care.