July 2, 2021

Miss. Now Allows Cross-State Occupational Licenses

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Miss. Now Allows Cross-State Occupational Licenses

On July 1, the Universal Recognition of Occupational License Act takes effect in Mississippi. The legislation requires Mississippi’s occupational licensing boards, agencies, and commissions to issue licenses to applicants with a license in good standing from another state, along with meeting other criteria. Gov. Tate Reeves in a press conference on June 29, according to WLBT, said he hopes the legislation helps Mississippi have the most board certified teachers per capita in the United States.

Minn. School Superintendent Receives Punishment for Plagiarism

Michael Munoz, the Rochester Public Schools superintendent, received a letter of censure from Minnesota’s Board of School Administrators on June 28. Munoz admitted to plagiarizing emails he sent to families and staff, including a Thanksgiving letter. The Board of School Administrators oversees licensing for administrators in Minnesota’s public schools, according to the Post Bulletin.

Fla. Sees Increase in Unlicensed Contractors with Increase in Construction

Since January 1, 2021, The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has received 911 unlicensed activity complaints. According to Bryan Oglesby with the Better Business Bureau the high housing demand and shortage of supply means “contractors without licenses are lining up to fill the gaps.” Oglesby tells consumers to ask for their license number and to verify that with the state of Florida, according to Fox4 on June 30.

Minn. Gov. Takes Executive Action on Policing Proposals

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said he plans to use $15 million in COVID relief money in part to help increase data sharing from the state’s police licensing board. Under his executive actions, Minnesota plans to use $15 million in federal American Rescue Plan money for the data sharing, along with other initiatives, such as community violence intervention. Walz also asked for a review of the data the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board collects and to place this on a “public-facing dashboard,” according to the Star Tribune on June 29.

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