The American Counseling Association and its Tennessee counterpart had come unglued in recent weeks over state Sen. Jack Johnson’s bill that prohibited Tennessee’s licensing board from farming out its duty to develop rules governing professional counselors to a private organization. But on Wednesday Sen. Johnson announced that he would not pursue his bill and instead support a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Bell and Rep. Dan Howell that would prohibit any Tennessee licensing board from turning over their power to a private association. The Tennessee Counseling Association said the new bill was an “improvement” because it treated all groups the same.
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