News and Commentary
Emma Ockerman writes for Vice News about former inmate Dario Gurrola who risked his life fighting wildfires as an inmate but is now banned from pursuing a career in firefighting after serving his sentence. Gurrola is unable to become a firefighter because of California’s occupational licensing regulations that prohibit individuals with two or more felony convictions from receiving certification as an emergency medical technician, a necessary step towards becoming a firefighter for most municipal fire departments.
Shira Schoenberg writes in CommonWealth Magazine about a new bill introduced in the Massachusetts Senate that seeks to extend telehealth services, expand scope of practice, and ban surprise billing in the state.
An article in JD Supra discusses recent legislation passed by the Florida legislature that expands scope of practice for pharmacists in the state. This new law which is currently being made into rules by the Florida Board of Pharmacy seeks to allow qualified pharmacists to offer specific services to patients with certain chronic conditions under a collaborative pharmacy practice agreement with a patient’s treating physician and to allow pharmacists with supervising physicians to test, screen and treat patients for minor, acute health conditions.
Shoshana Weissmann writes in a Washington Examiner opinion piece that its often easier to lose a cosmetology license than it is to lose the ability to be a police officer. She also highlights a shocking disparity in training between police officers and other occupations.
Charlotte Whelan writes for the Independent Women’s Forum about a new bill being considered in Florida that aims to reduce occupational licensing requirements for a variety of professions, including auctioneers, barbers, boxing announcers, cosmetologists, geologists, interior designers, nutritionists, and many others.
A press release from the office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, highlights the state’s efforts to lessen occupational licensing restrictions including allowing out-of-state licensees to practice their profession in Iowa.
A press release from a California law firm asserts that new rules that lessen occupational licensing restrictions in California will affect up to 30% of jobs in the state and will assist individuals with criminal convictions with re-entering the labor force.
A press release from the office of Second Lady Karen Pence highlights the Second Lady’s efforts to assist military spouses in finding employment. The Second Lady recently met with the Department of Defense’s service secretaries to discuss each military departments’ efforts to assist military spouses including issues such as occupational licensing requirements, accommodations for telework, and career training services.