Realtor vs. Cosmo Board in Minn. Legislature
Independent professional licensing boards regularly face legislative threats of elimination and consolidation. One of these is the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology, which would be eliminated by a bill under consideration in the state Legislature. According to the associated fiscal note, “this bill prohibits he licensing of individuals,” which means that “anyone in any capacity could perform salon services which could include chemicals and sharp instruments on the body and face.” This could be a good idea or a bad idea depending upon your tolerance for chemicals and sharp objects in close proximity to your face. Interestingly, however, the bill’s chief author, Sen. Karin Housley, is herself a real estate salesperson licensed by the state. She is the founder and lead agent of Karin Housley Homes and a proud “Top Salesperson in the Twin Cities market.” As far as we can tell, Housley has not proposed to eliminate real-estate licensure, though her work in the Legislature has raised eyebrows.
Ore. Requires Licenses for Drug Company Representatives
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services held a public meeting Oct. 5 to discuss rules proposed to satisfy a new law mandating licensure for pharmaceutical representatives. Under the proposed rules, licensure will require coursework, continuing professional education and annual renewal, according to Policy and Medicine.
Mo. Gov. Blasts Paper that ID’d Website Security Flaw
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson lashed out on Oct. 14 at a newspaper that had reported a security flaw on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, its reporters had discovered that a website that allows the public to look up teacher licensure information contained a vulnerability that could allow the release of teachers’ Social Security numbers. Parson accused the “individual” who alerted the state about the problem of trying to “embarrass the state and sell headlines for their news outlet.”
Calif. Dentists May Now Administer COVID Tests
Thanks to a law signed Oct. 8 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California dentists may apply for licensure to administer rapid COVID tests in their offices. The law also gives dentists authority to administer COVID and flu vaccines in their offices, according to the California Dental Association.
Ohio Chiropractor Suspended for Sexting Patients
An Ohio chiropractor has had his license suspended for sexting patients. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Nicholas Murtland admitted to the Ohio State Chiropractic Board that he had texted photos of his genitalia to multiple patients. In response, the board suspended his license for six months.
Wash. Suspends PA’s License over COVID ‘Cures’
The Washington Medical Commission announced Oct. 15 that it had suspended the license of a physician assistant who promoted unfounded COVID cures and interfered with hospitalized COVID patients. According to the Camas-Washougal Post-Record, Scott Miller promoted ivermectin as a COVID cure. He also is alleged to have threatened hospital staff and pushing hospital patients to request unproven treatments.
Pa. Gov. Eases Cosmetology, Barber Licensing Rules
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed a handful of bills that will ease licensing requirements for barbers, cosmetologists and others. According to The Center Square, cosmetology and barber schools will be allowed to provide up to half of their courses online. Another bill enhances the authority of physician assistants.
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