ARPA and IIJA Funds—Is Your Agency Ready?

American City and County on June 14 offers a simple comparison of the federal funding programs for state and local governments—the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Discover exactly what ARPA and IIJA cover, along with your state’s allocation for IIJA, as well as ARPA. To help your office start the planning process, view an extensive list of resources for the programs, along with federal funds in general.

Pa. Alters Nursing Permit Process to Address Staff Shortages

Pennsylvania changed the nursing permitting process for recent nursing graduates to help fill a staffing shortage at the state’s health care facilities. The Department of State said that the State Board of Nursing plans to issue temporary practice permits to confirmed graduates from a state nursing school. According to Yahoo! News on July 29, recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows 39 Pennsylvania hospitals reporting critical staff shortages.

Massachusetts Senate Passes Gun Licensing Law

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation on July 30 in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling related to handgun licensing. The bill removes a “firearm licensing authority’s and the Massachusetts State Police’s discretion in issuing, renewing or restricting licenses to carry firearms.” The Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues explains that the bill makes small changes to bring the state’s gun licensing law into compliance with the federal decision, according to Governing on August 1.


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