S.C. Teacher Pawned Student’s Saxophone
The South Carolina State Board of Education recently suspended the educator certificate of a band teacher for pawning a student’s saxophone in 2018. According to state documents, a student at Sedgefield Middle School returned from summer break in 2018 to find that a saxophone left in the band room was missing. The item later appeared in a Charleston pawn shop. The seller was teacher Romie Lane Doss, who blamed “financial circumstances” for the theft. On March 9, the board of education suspended Doss’ license for one year.
Iowa May Eliminate Permits for Buying, Carrying Guns
A bill that would allow qualifying Iowa residents to buy and carry handguns without permits awaits the signature of Gov. Kim Reynolds. According to the Des Moines Register, the state Senate approved the bill March 22, one week after the House voted for it. The governor has not expressed support of the bill, which would not remove a background check requirement for sales by federally licensed dealers.
Iowa Doctor Surrenders License after Lawsuits, Fraud Claims
An Iowa surgeon voluntarily surrendered his medical license in early March after years of alleged incompetence and more than a dozen lawsuits by former patients, according to the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Adam Smith, who practiced in Sioux City, had previously been suspended by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.
Ind. Bill Would Eliminate Cosmetology, Barbering Licensure
At least for now, Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate state licensing requirements for cosmetologists, barbers and other people in the personal care industry, according to The Herald Bulletin newspaper. The bill would require unlicensed professionals to notify customer in writing that they are not licensed. Indiana requires 1,500 hours of instruction to obtain a cosmetology license. The legislation is opposed by personal-care professionals and unlikely to emerge from committee, according to The Herald Bulletin.
Mo. Dental Hygienists Ask to Give COVID Shots
Dental hygienists in Missouri have asked Gov. Mike Parson to issue an executive order allowing them to give COVID vaccinations, according to KSDK.com. Missouri is not among the 14 states that authorize hygienists to give vaccines, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. In the meantime, the state dental board is working on training that would allow the state’s hygienists to administer vaccines.
Va. Barbers Unhappy about COVID Vaccine Priority
Barbers and hair stylists in Virginia aren’t happy about their position on the state’s COVID vaccine priority list, according to NBC12.com. Workers classified as essential, including construction and food-service workers, are prioritized over people in the personal-care industry even though the latter cannot easily maintain a safe distance from their clients.