The Blogmeister was recently made aware the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) was notifying current licensees of the need to renew their licenses via email. While the PLA is to be congratulated for attempting to save money on postage (they used to mail the reminders), they apparently did not realize many people change email addresses over the two year license period. End result… some people did not receive the notice and their licenses expired. As of the time of this post, they are allowing people to still renew their licenses, but there is an additional fifty dollar fee. Some people are reporting they received a mailed notice of this policy change, while others are being caught unaware. The Blogmeister’s advice? Check your license status ASAP and renew if you are expired.
April 29, 2010
March 16, 2008
January 31, 2008
According to WTHR, Dr. Phillip McGraw “regrets” discussing his “visit” with pop singer Brittany Spears. Here is the background:
Spears, 26, was hospitalized in Los Angeles after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police January 3. Federline has sole physical and legal custody of their two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.
McGraw said he visited the pop singer as a family friend, and rejected critics who accused him of practicing psychology without a license.
This is what Dr. Phil has to say:
“I regret making the statement. It didn’t help. It didn’t work,” the syndicated TV psychologist said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I did not go there to diagnose her. I did not go there to treat her,” said McGraw, who showed up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 5 as Spears was about to be discharged.
McGraw said he retired his Texas license after 25 years of private practice because of the demands of his “Dr. Phil” daytime talk show.
The Spears family has accused McGraw of betraying their trust by making an “inappropriate” public statement about the singer’s hospitalization.
McGraw had told celebrity news TV shows that Spears was in “dire” need of medical and psychological help.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, McGraw said his public comments after visiting Spears were intended to prevent rumors and misinformation.
“I wanted to stop speculation about what may have gone on in there,” he said.
OK, whatever. We all know he went there to get ratings for his pseudo-psychological show. Anytime a person in the therapy, or psychological, field puts their needs in front of a person or family, in a professional situation, they act unethically. Speaking of which, a formal complaint was filed in California over the incident. The California Board of Psychology treats complaints as confidential, so we don’t know what will happen with this yet. Interestingly, the complaint also alleges Dr. Phil violated Ms. Spears confidentiality rights under HIPA. While the California complaint is a felony, the HIPA violation could result in federal charges.
January 30, 2008
January 24, 2008
Not really, but I betcha that got your attention. Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star. Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it. From the story:
About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.…The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.
January 15, 2008
January 9, 2008
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette announces this morning that Marie Osmond will be speaking in the Fort in April.
[She will] be the keynote speaker at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s seventh annual Tapestry: A Day for Women, scheduled for April 25 at Memorial Coliseum. Tapestry is a daylong event that promotes renewal and self-growth for women.
Osmond was chosen for a variety of reasons, but the ones germane to this blog include…
…Osmond has also struggled in her life, most recently with the divorce from her husband of more than 20 years, the death of her father and her teenage son entering rehab – which all occurred last year.
Osmond, the mother of eight children, has also suffered from postpartum depression.
Here is the info on how to see her;
$60 for open seating. A reserved table for 10 close to the stage costs $650. Businesses can sponsor tables for $1,000. Registration begins Feb. 25, and women can either sign up on the Web site, www.ipfw.edu/tapestry, or through a mailed brochure.
January 6, 2008
Here are the current bills and resolutions filed in the statehouse this week. The master list has been updated and is here.
HB 1060 — Great Lakes compact. HB 1061 — Application of landlord-tenant statutes. HB 1062 — Architectural salvage material dealers. HB 1064 — Partition fences. HB 1065 — PERF beneficiary change after divorce. HB 1066 — Recovery for indirect injury in restraint of trade. HB 1067 — United States flag protocol for Indiana soldiers. HB 1068 — Drivers of vehicles carrying school children. HB 1069 — Local ordinances to reduce speed limits. HB 1070 — Legislators’ defined contribution plan. HB 1071 — Funding for voting machine replacement. HB 1072 — Unlimited lifetime handgun permit endorsements. HB 1073 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks. HB 1074 — Disarming a law enforcement officer. HB 1075 — Abandoned embryo adoption. HB 1077 — Funding for local Memorial Day celebrations. HB 1078 — Redistricting commission. HB 1079 — Subjects of educational discussion and bargaining. HB 1080 — Homeowners associations. HB 1081 — Resisting law enforcement. HB 1083 — Hoosier Inland Port study. HB 1084 — Taxation of civil service annuities. HB 1085 — Whistle stop signs. HB 1086 — Penalties for failure to pay state taxes. HB 1088 — Student mobility rates. HB 1089 — Fire sprinkler contractors and installers. HB 1090 — Climate registry. HB 1091 — Growth and development study committee. HB 1092 — School starting and ending dates. HB 1093 — Charity gaming. HB 1094 — Sales tax exemption for vending machine sales. HB 1096 — Various provisions concerning courts. HB 1098 — Net metering and interconnection rules. HB 1099 — Shortfall loans from the common school fund. HB 1100 — Halloween enticement. HB 1101 — Utility receipts tax. HB 1104 — Fire protection district excess property tax levy. HB 1105 — Transfer of property to fire departments. HB 1107 — Cultural competency. HB 1108 — Sheriff’s compensation. HB 1112 — Learner’s permits and driver’s licenses. HB 1113 — Birth certificate fraud. HB 1114 — Town police officer residency. HB 1115 — Wabash River heritage corridor commission. HB 1116 — State agency fines and penalties. HB 1117 — Coal gasification and substitute natural gas. HB 1118 — Alcoholic beverages.
SB 0117 — Parole issues. SB 0118 — DOC superintendent qualifications. SB 0119 — Cell phone use while driving. SB 0120 — Employer immunity for hiring offenders. SB 0121 — Donations by local units to community foundations. SB 0122 — Coverage for stereotactic radiotherapy. SB 0123 — Grading and certification of meat products. SB 0124 — Child seduction. SB 0125 — Reentry courts and community transition. SB 0126 — License plate cycle for certain plates. SB 0127 — Local port authority eminent domain procedures. SB 0128 — Equivalent jobs and wage discrimination. SB 0129 — Notice of meetings. SB 0130 — Conversion by failure to return rented property. SB 0131 — Jurisdiction of university and college police. SB 0132 — Definition of “serious bodily injury”. SB 0133 — PERF COLA and thirteenth check. SB 0134 — Consolidation of certain environmental and natural resources proceedings. SB 0135 — Relocation of a riverboat. SB 0136 — Challenges to a candidate’s eligibility. SB 0137 — Public safety employees. SB 0138 — Income tax withholding. SB 0139 — Violation of probation. SB 0140 — Tort claims against governmental entities. SB 0141 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks. SB 0142 — Teacher professional development days. SB 0144 — Residency of police officers and firefighters. SB 0145 — Voter identification. SB 0146 — Information preceding an abortion. SB 0147 — Abandoned embryo adoption. SB 0148 — Repeal of expiration dates for state offices. SB 0149 — Coroner and deputy coroner training. SB 0150 — Physical therapists. SB 0151 — Checkoff for cancer research. SB 0152 — Automated external defibrillators in health clubs. SB 0153 — Extension of dentist instructor license. SB 0154 — Regulated occupation definition. SB 0155 — Study on domestic violence program. SB 0156 — Communicable disease rules. SB 0157 — Opioid treatment programs.