What can regulators do when evidence of mental illness arises in the complaint process? Because it can distort a complainant’s recollection of events, mental illness should be taken seriously by any regulator looking to establish facts in a complaint against a licensee. Here, we break down the fundamentals of dealing with mental illness in the complaint process.
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Regulatory policies are ever-evolving and differ widely from coast to coast and around the world. We keep a pulse on the active world of regulation and licensing.

The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, BC seeks feedback on new asbestos rules, DOT relaxes rules for bus drivers, and Canada's top Mountie violated legal obligations with slow complaint response.
Florida made history when it passed the Occupational Freedom of Opportunity Act in 2020, which loosened or abolished occupational licensing requirements across 30 professions. But not everyone was pleased. We explore the main provisions of the law and the debate surrounding its passage.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Louisiana looks at Gulf wind energy, Connecticut's makes marijuana advertising harder, Ontario fines gambling companies and more weekly regulatory news.
Multijurisdictional practice has been a subject of debate for licensed professionals in nursing as far back as 1995. One answer to the limitations of single-state licensure in the U.S. has been the development of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). But how did this all start? And how has COVID-19 impacted the progress of multijurisdictional practice throughout the nation?
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Oklahoma joins states offering more universal occupational licensing recognition, New Mexico moves to modernize its regulatory system, and British Columbia health care workers remain unvaccinated.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's regulatory news, efforts to ease licensing restrictions make strides in several states.
At the simplest, professional associations serve the interests of members while regulators serve the interest of the public. But on closer inspection, it's more complicated than that. Ariel Visconti explores in this article on the differences between regulators and professional associations.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Illinois sets licensing standards for midwives, Hawaii pushes to change standards for dentists, and more in this week's regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Washington reports vulnerabilities after a cyberattack, New Mexico moves to ease professional licensing restrictions, and Kansas threaders see licensing barriers removed.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Kentucky moves to support better licensing for ex-criminals, a think tank calls for less occupational licensing regulation in Ohio, and Pennsylvania moves to improve the lives of veterans.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Oklahoma eliminates licensing barriers for people with criminal records, Louisiana Senate approves universal licensure recognition bill, and more in our latest Week in Brief.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.  Louisiana bill sets new rules for funds sitting in abandoned sports betting accounts, Massachusetts Superior Court judge throws out two questions on police officer licensing questionnaire, Louisiana governor signs two occupational licensing reform bills into law, and more in our latest Week in Brief.

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States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.

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