N.C. Bill that Would OK Concealed Guns in Church Draws Ire
Following recent mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., North Carolina activists have ramped up opposition to legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons to religious services and on school campuses. According to the News and Observer, supporters of the legislation say it would allow people to defend themselves against shooters during religious and school events. Opponents argue that it would increase the risk of accidental shootings. The state House and Senate already have approved the legislation.
Iowa Doctor Faces Sanctions after Losing Minnesota License
A doctor who recently surrendered his license in Minnesota is now facing disciplinary action in Iowa, according to the Globe Gazette. Dennis Colby, who practices n Belmond, surrendered his Minnesota license in January after the state Board of Medical Practice received several complaints, including some related to his prescribing practices. The Iowa Board of Medicine filed charges against Colby in mid-March after discovering he had been disciplined in a different state, a violation of state code.
Deal Struck to Legalize Recreational Pot in N.Y.
New York lawmakers have finalized a deal to legalize recreational marijuana, according to the Times Union. The deal, announced March 27 by the governor and leaders of the state’s two legislative chambers, will require producers, distributors, retailers and others to be licensed. The industry is expect to generate about $350 million in tax revenue per year.
Insurer Recommended N.C. Doctor Facing Criminal Charges
A health insurance company recommended a North Carolina doctor facing assault and battery charges to a patient, according to WTVD. In January, United Healthcare recommended Oscar Cornelio-Flores, a primary care physician, to a Durham woman. United Healthcare said provider Avance Care, which terminated Cornelio-Flores on Jan. 1, didn’t provide notification about his arrest until March. Meanwhile, a February state audit reported that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services had failed to make sure that only qualified providers were part of the state’s Medicaid program. The audit showed that NCDHHS did not identify or remove providers with license suspensions and limitations.
Unlicensed Cremation Service Continues Iowa Operations
Despite having been fined $10,000 for operating without a license, an Iowa cremation service continues to solicit business, according to the Iowa Capitol Dispatch. The Iowa Board of Mortuary Science fined Legacy Funeral Services in February for operating without a license. The Colorado-based company has been fined in other states as well, including Tennessee and Colorado.
Kan. Roofer Fined $110K
A Salina, Kan., roofer has been fined $110,000 for violating the state’s consumer protection act, including its roofing registration act. According to the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Michael Stubbs, doing business as Triple M Roofing and Remodeling, received the fine March 19 after refusing to respond to a lawsuit brought by the office. The company is banned from operating in the state until it has procured a valid roofing registration.