Mich. Gov. Vetoes Licensing Compact Bills
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a pair of bills in December that would have had Michigan join multistate licensing compacts for nurses and psychologists. Whitmer argued that joining the compacts would require Michigan to “cede its sovereign interest in regulating health professions,” Mibiz.com reports.
Ark. Panel: Eliminate Licensing for Sprinkler Fitters, Others
An Arkansas legislative panel has recommended that the state General Assembly repeal occupational licensing requirements for a variety of jobs. These include sprinkler fitters and people who sell new recreational vehicles, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports. The recommendations are likely to be introduced during the 2021 regular session, which begins Jan. 11.
Many Law Grads Skip Bar through COVID Programs
More than 1,000 recent law school graduates have opted to practice law without taking the bar exam, according to Bloomberg Law. They have been allowed to do this through COVID-related emergency programs enacted in four states and Washington, D.C. The willingness of some large firms to hire lawyers who haven’t passed the bar could help to make temporary diploma programs permanent, the journalism site reports.
Okla. Child-Welfare System Making Progress, Say Monitors
Oklahoma’s child-welfare system is making progress toward most goals listed in a settlement agreement that ended a federal class-action lawsuit in 2012, say experts who monitor the agreement. The only exception, reports the Tulsa World, involves “good-faith efforts” to measure how long it takes to make long-term arrangements for children in the custody of the state Department of Human Services.
Wyo. to Ease Restaurant, Bar Restrictions
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon will soon allow the state’s bars and restaurants to remain open after 10 p.m., his office announced Jan. 2. Gordon decided to reverse a state shutdown order because fewer Wyoming residents are being hospitalized with COVID, the Casper Star Tribune reports.