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Arizona Will Be First State to Recognize Out-of-State Occupational Licenses - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Arizona is one signature away from becoming the first state in the country to recognize out-of-state occupational licenses. That means licensed workers will be able to move to Arizona and immediately find work without going through the expensive, time-consuming, and redundant process of getting re-licensed.

That's a big deal.

The state House and state Senate voted this week to pass a bill recognizing out-of-state licenses. Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has championed the legislation throughout the process and is expected to sign it sometime next week.

"We've heard too many stories of licensed, experienced professionals denied the opportunity to work upon moving to Arizona," Ducey tells Reason. "With this first-in-the-nation reform, Arizonans who have recently moved here will be able to put their skills to work faster and without all the red tape."

The bill's passage is the culmination of a fight between reformers and Arizona's licensing boards. Ducey used his State of the State Address in 2017 to call licensing boards "a group of special interest bullies." He's saved his sharpest barbs for the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology, which has investigated students for giving free haircuts to the homeless and defended a rule requiring 1,000 hours of training before letting someone blow-dry hair for money. The board, Ducey said in 2017, "is going after people who simply want to make a living blow-drying hair. No scissors involved."
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13 days ago by jtyost2
Conservatives Say Students Censored Border Patrol. Now the University of Arizona Will Charge Them for Protesting.
Law enforcement at the University of Arizona said they plan to charge two students for protesting Border Patrol agents’ presence on campus last month. In a statement announcing the charges, the university’s president accused the students of infringing on “free speech” rights.

The March 20 incident was tailor-made for right-wing outrage. A viral video shows a University of Arizona student standing outside a classroom and criticizing two Border Patrol agents who had come to give a presentation to the school’s Criminal Justice club. A young woman calls the officers “an extension of the KKK” and cites the agency’s destruction of water bottles left for migrants in the desert. Conservative outlets and a border patrol union blasted the students involved for apparently censoring the agents.

Their hand-wringing about students going “berserk” and “harassing” Border Patrol are part of a larger right-wing narrative about the supposed death of free speech at the hands of leftist students. But the student activists, not the federal agents the students shouted down, are the ones facing punishment for their speech. The university’s police force plans to charge two unidentified students with “interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution,” for which they face up to six months behind bars.

The University of Arizona did not return a request for comment. In a March 29 email to students, university president Robert Robbins described what he characterized as “a dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech on this campus.”

Video shows one student criticizing Border Patrol agents through an open door of a classroom where the agents were speaking to the Criminal Justice club. She does not appear to enter the classroom, and two members of the club appear to call the police on her.
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17 days ago by jtyost2
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“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”! 🌵
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26 days ago by jcoffey42
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