Friday, April 8, 2011

Update on workforce-related bills we're tracking

The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Finance & Tax voted this week to advance SB 582 by Sen. Nancy Detert (R-23), an important bill FHCA has been working on this session. The bill will exempt certain employees working for business entities, like your CNAs, from being inappropriately taxed under certain municipalities' occupational tax requirements for licensed professionals.

The House Health and Human Services Committee discussed a proposed committee bill on background screening on Wednesday. The PCB was the substance of SB 1992, which fixes a problem created last year with screenings related to the volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels. The committee adopted an amendment at FHCA’s request to allow CNA applicants to use previous background screening reports if done within the past 90 days. Peggy Rigsby of our staff testified in support of this amendment and three other issues related to background screening that we are working to fix on members' behalf. The House companion just received a number, HB 7233, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

We'll keep you updated as progress on these important bills continue.

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