Regulatory News (CLEAR News Online)

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  • 09 Mar 2012 5:31 PM | Anonymous

    The Colorado chapter of the Community Associations Institute, the professional association for professional community association managers, is urging the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies to initiate an investigation to determine if licensure is appropriate for Home Owners Association managers.  The Colorado General Assembly created the HOA Information and Resource Center in response to numerous complaints against HOAs.  A report is being prepared for the 2012 legislative session.

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  • 09 Mar 2012 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has settled with four barbers in the suit against them following some controversial inspections conducted in August 2010.  The Department conducted the inspections in collaboration with the Sheriff's Office.  Unannounced inspections are under the authority of the Department, but the suit described the inspections as SWAT-style raids without warrants.  The inspections and subsequent lawsuit garnered media attention.

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  • 09 Mar 2012 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    Two bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly would double the fee for a physician license.  This would be the first increase since 1987.  The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation claims that the increase is needed to offset the cost of regulatory enforcement, including hiring additional investigators for the Department.  The Illinois State Medical Society opposes the increase and claims that in past years money from the Medical Discipline Fund has been inappropriately transferred to the state's general revenue fund.

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  • 09 Mar 2012 5:29 PM | Anonymous

    The Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission in the Phillipines has made a statement against periodic testing for medical practitioners.  The Chairman stated that a better evaluation measure would be based on actual performance evaluation.  Practice-based evaluation would occur following a practitioner's participation in a Continuing Medical Education (CME) session.  The statements were shared during the Interscholastic Medical Debate Competition organized by the University of the Phillipines College of Medicine.

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  • 09 Mar 2012 1:37 PM | Anonymous
    The UK Law Commission has published a consultation paper containing proposals to "seek to simplify and modernise the law and establish a streamlined, transparent and responsive system of regulation of health care professionals". In England only, the regulation of social care workers would also be affected. The proposals are wide-ranging and include:
    • "The registration and renewal of registration of professionals, student registers, registration appeals, protected titles and protected functions.
    • How the regulators oversee the quality of pre-registration and post-registration education and training.
    • How the regulators set standards for professional conduct and practice, and ensure ongoing practice standards (for example, through revalidation).
    • The investigation and adjudication of fitness to practise case.
    • The role of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
    • The regulation of business premises and activities
    • The governance arrangements of the regulators, including the size and composition of Councils
    • The systems through which the regulators can be held to account, including the roles of the Privy Council, Government and Parliament, and duties to consult the public."

    The closing date for the consultation is May 31, 2012.

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  • 09 Mar 2012 1:36 PM | Anonymous
    Florida House Bill 887, which has been approved by both house and senate, waives fees for initial licensure, the initial application fee, and the initial unlicensed activity fee for military veterans returning from service, when a veteran applies for licensure within 24 months of being honorably discharged. Separately, Florida was acknowledged in a Defense Department report as one of 11 states with a licensing program for spouses of military veterans.

    Bill text.

  • 24 Feb 2012 11:38 AM | Anonymous
    In their jointly-issued report Supporting Our Military Families: Best Practices for Streamlining Occupational Licensing Across State Lines the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense highlight the large percentage of military spouses working in regulated occupations, and the high level of interstate mobility within this population. It further identifies Department of Defense initiatives in this area and identifies measures states can adopt to assist military spouses moving across state lines. Three measures in particular are cited: 1) facilitating endorsement of an existing license issued by another state; 2) provision of a temporary or provisional license while fulfilling requirements for endorsement, or while awaiting verification of documentation; and 3) expediting application procedures.

    Supporting Our Military Families: Best Practices for Streamlining Occupational Licensing Across State Lines.

  • 24 Feb 2012 11:37 AM | Anonymous
    West Virginia House Bill 4104 would provide licensing boards with the authority to "exempt from continuing education requirements licensees who have been licensed for a total of twenty years or more, in this state or in any jurisdiction with licensure requirements that are substantially similar to licensure requirements in this state". The bill was approved by the House and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

    Bill text

    Bill tracker.

  • 24 Feb 2012 11:37 AM | Anonymous
    Oregon House Bill 4063 would permit licensing applicants to substitute their military training or experience for what is normally required by an agency for licensure. The bill applies to more than 20 professions and occupational fields and licenses, including teachers, engineers, land surveyors, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, private security professionals and investigators. The bill's sponsor, Representative Julie Parrish, commented that the bill "is designed so that transferability of a veteran’s skills is recognized in the civilian work after separation from the military,” noting that, “Many times, soldiers have difficulty explaining their training and skills in civilian speak, because the methodology of military training doesn’t always line up perfectly with a university liberal arts degree or trade school program in a community college.” The bill has been approved by the House and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

    House Bill 4063

    Bill tracker.

  • 24 Feb 2012 11:36 AM | Anonymous
    Pursuant to Public Act 95-613, Illinois has begun to accept applications for licensure from fingerprint vendors. Applicants must be at least 18, have completed an Illinois State Police (ISP)-approved training course, posses equipment approved by the ISP, and have a fingerprint vendor (other than the applicant) send their fingerprints for a background check by ISP.  The background check includes a ‘good moral character’ requirement. Licensees will be required to comply with ISP fingerprinting equipment and software specifications.   Vendors must further show proof of minimum of $1,000,000 in general liability insurance.

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