July 17, 2020

Settlement proposed in Kansas foster care lawsuit

GL Solutions’ weekly newsletter features a brief roundup of notable regulatory news and information from around the country:

Settlement proposed in Kansas foster care lawsuit: A settlement was filed July 8 in a class action lawsuit involving Kansas’ troubled foster care system. The suit alleged, among other things, that children have been subjected to frequent placement changes and experienced instability. The settlement will end most night-to-night placements of foster children by December 2021 and placements of 14 days or fewer by December 2023, according to The Wichita Eagle.

Mississippi dentist sues state board for $10M:
A Mississippi dentist has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the state dental board, claiming that he has been targeted for disciplinary action because he advertises his dental service on TV, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger newspaper reports. The dental board’s complaint accuses dentist Jon Germany of practicing incompetently or negligently, among other things, and seeks a 90-day license suspension. But in his suit, Germany alleges that the board is targeting him because of his widespread advertising. He has been the focus of two prior disciplinary cases, according to the Clarion Ledger, including one claiming he violated advertising rules by failing to state in advertisements that he was a general dentist.

Missouri governor signs reciprocity bill:
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill July 6 that expands license reciprocity, according to The Center Square website. The bill, meant to remove barriers to employment, grants reciprocity to people licensed in other states as long as they meet the appropriate educational standards. The bill also bars licensing boards from denying licenses on the basis of criminal history unless a crime is related directly to the occupation or is violent or sexual in nature.

Louisiana governor closes bars:
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide mask mandate on July 11 and announced that bars in the state must close. The announcement, which came amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, required bars to return to “go to” service by July 13, The Advocate newspaper reported. The order also reduced the maximum size of social gatherings from 250 to 50.

Michigan extends license requirement suspension:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the suspension of certain licensing and certification requirements for health care professionals and others on July 13. The extension applies to requirements that such professionals take an exam, be fingerprinted or take part in continuing education in order to obtain or renew licenses, according to WWMT television.

California closes nail salons, other businesses:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded an order closing many businesses to all counties in the state. Since the beginning of July, Newsom has ordered all counties on the state coronavirus watch list for more than three days to close bars, nail salons and many other indoor businesses. On July 13, he expanded the order to all counties, according to The Sacramento Bee.

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