The commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation has two weeks to respond to a Miami Herald series claiming that 10,000 people with past felony convictions have been licensed to enter the mortgage lending industry. Read more. Read the series.
The Nevada State Medical Association has proposed an administrative consolidation of the 42 state agencies with oversight authority for professional licensing. Under the proposal, the independent boards would continue to handle disciplinary matters. Read more.
The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents says that recent changes to the Insurance Information Act of 2008 (H.R. 5840) provide for federal regulation of insurance. If passed as written, the Secretary of the Treasury would have the power to preempt state insurance laws and regulations as a matter of national interest. Read more.
Capitol Weekly reports that the progress of a bill intended to change California's regulatory boards is worth watching. If passed, it would eliminate the sunset review process for professional licensing boards and introduce strict rules about ex parte communication. Read more.
Professionals may soon be able to work in any province without encountering any regulatory barriers. Under the terms of a new accord, provinces and territories will accept occupational and professional credentials from other areas by August 2009. Read more.
The insistence of the United States that it be permitted to inspect audits of European companies must be reciprocated by allowing European Union regulators working with US companies the same access. European legislation could be used to block US access if reciprocity is not permitted. Read more.
Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, Texas and Washington all now regulate senior guardians according to Stateline.org. Several other states are considering revising their laws for court-appointed guardians to include state oversight of guardian duties. Voluntary professional certification is available through the Center for Guardianship Certification and some states rely on its examination as a licensure requirement. Read more.
Health Secretary Mary Selecky is asking the state dental board to "investigate all patient deaths that occur in connection with dental care." The department has changed its website so that an action taken against a provider will show up under every license held by that provider. Read more.
Dental hygienists and dental therapists who have appropriate skills training may whiten teeth on the prescription of a dentist, says the General Dental Council (GDC). Whitening procedures carried out by non-professionals is still illegal. Read more.