Ore. Board Votes to Revoke Police Certifications for Officers

Almost one dozen Oregon officers risk losing their police certification because of allegations including theft and drunk driving. In November 2019, for example, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger “medically retired with a settlement agreement during a criminal investigation after he was charged with theft for stealing a $12 credit from a video poker machine, according to court documents,” reported the Statesman Journal. The Department of Safety Standards and Training, the state agency in charge of certifying and licensing officers made recommendations to the department’s board related to the discipline of 11 officers—including Wollenschlaeger. The DPSST recommends Wollenschlaeger’s certification be revoked for life. The board votes October 27.

N.C. Contractors Board Warns of Scams After Hurricane Ian

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors warned citizens of scam artists posing as licensed contractors following Hurricane Ian. According to WITN on September 30, the NCLBGC reminds residents that a project quoted at $30,000 or more requires a valid NC general contractors license. The board asks residents to contact local law enforcement if they suspect a scam. In addition, they suggest contacting the NC Attorney General’s office, if citizens suspect price gouging at https://ncdoj.gov/file-a-complaint/price-gouging/ or at (877)-5-NO-SCAM or (877)-566-7226.

The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program: What States Need to Know

NASCIO Voices explores the recently released State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. The podcast from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers walks listeners through the highlights of the program. View the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), that came out September 16; according to NASCIO, the NOFO “kicked off a 60 day window to apply to apply” where state and local governments indicate an intention to apply. View the program’s frequently asked questions for additional information.

Calif. Gov. Signs Nursing Home Licensing Reform Bill

On September 27, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that addresses problems with the state’s nursing home licensing system, according to CalMatters. An investigation in 2021 highlighted a licensing process battling yearlong delays. In addition, the investigation found that one businessman operated 18 nursing home facilities for years with his required licenses in a “pending” status. According to a co-author of the bill, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, the bill closes a loophole that enables nursing home operators to run a nursing home without a license. The bill also requires the Department of Health to review an applicant’s track record before giving them a license.

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