This Week in the States

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STATE AND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS




CALIFORNIA




The Division of Workers’ Compensation will accept comments until January 15 regarding drafted amendments to the rules addressing physician reporting and utilization review. Contact Melissa Martin




COLORADO




The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing January 14 regarding S.B. 37, which permits the Board of County Commissions of any county to use people employed by county or to contract with for-profit or non-for-profit organizations or entities to supply people able to enter certain federal or state land for the sole purpose of removing wildfire fuel or creating a defensible space. Contact Yujia Sun




NEW HAMPSHIRE




The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing January 16 regarding H.B. 369, which requires certain boards within the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification to adopt rules relative to queries from the Prescription Drug and Monitoring Program by professionals treating patients with substance use disorders. Contact Kyle Perigard




The House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee will hold a public hearing January 16 regarding H.B. 211, which states that no employer shall inquire about a prospective employee’s wage or salary history before an offer of employment with compensation has been negotiated and made to the employee. Contact Costa Costidis




The deadline to introduce bills in the House is January 18. Contact Samuel Gundlach




NORTH CAROLINA




The Board of Pharmacy will hold a public hearing and accept comments until January 15 regarding an update to pharmacy rules. Contact Melissa Martin




NORTH DAKOTA




The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is January 14. Contact Japer Bowles




OREGON




The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing January 17 regarding proposed amendments increasing hazardous waste fees. Contact Amy Cole




SOUTH DAKOTA




The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee will hold a public hearing January 15 regarding S.B. 14, which requires the Public Utilities Commission, within 12 months of receipt of the initial application, to make complete findings in rendering a decision regarding whether a permit for the construction of solar energy facilities should be granted, denied or granted upon such terms, conditions or modifications of the construction, operation or maintenance as the commission deems appropriate. Contact Yujia Sun




TENNESSEE




The Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold a public hearing and accept comments until January 17 regarding proposed rules relative to workers’ compensation coverage. Contact Brian LeFort




VERMONT




The Department of Health will accept comments until January 18 regarding proposed rules impacting reporting of diseases and updating pharmacists requirements. Contact Melissa Martin




WASHINGTON




The House Committee on Environment and Energy will hold a public hearing January 14 regarding .H.B 1070, which exempts renewable natural gas from taxes on sales of natural gas found in the Revised Code of Washington 82.16.310. Contact Yujia Sun




WYOMING




The Board of Mental Health will hold a public hearing January 18 regarding proposed amendments overhauling education requirements for mental health professions. Contact Kent Keller

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