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AzNA Public Policy Hotline

May 11, 2017


AZ LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS SINE DIE

Wednesday saw a nine hour day at the legislature and a flurry of last minute bills before it adjourned, Sine Die (without any future date being designated) at 7:0 pm on Wednesday, May 10. HERE is a running summary of the bills passed in the last few hours of the session. This was the first time the Legislature has quit while the sun was still up since 2003.

ARIZONA’S 2017-2018 $9.8 BILLION BUDGET IS ON GOVERNOR’S DESK

Read the 87 page SB1522 General Appropriations Act HERE or read the official summary/plan for the 2017-18 budget HERE or read a news article summarizing the 2017-2018 budget HERE . Governor Ducey is expected to sign the bill.

NEWBORN SCREENING PANEL WILL HAVE SCID ADDED

SB1368 Newborn Screening has finally passed both houses and was sent to the Governor on May 10. AzNA staff encouraged and monitored this bill closely as the end of the session approached. Attention to such details has made this session successful for nurses and their patients.

SUCCESS

  • Due process for nurses is signed.
  • No teen texting while driving signed
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist bill signed
  • Certified nurse midwives; nurse practitioners signed

SUDDEN LATE ACTION INSERTS TITLE X REQUIREMENT INTO DHS BUDGET

Despite active opposition from AzNA members and other organizations, the Arizona legislature voted on a last-minute measure requiring the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to apply to become a Title X grantee in Arizona. Competition for the Title X grant has always been open to eligible government or non-profit entities, and ADHS has chosen not to apply. Since 1983 the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) has managed and monitored the grant. Complicating the potential for ADHS as a grantee is that, as a state agency, ADHS would have to adhere to restrictions presented by ARS 35-195.05, passed in 2012, outlining who can receive funding from a state agency. Planned Parenthood is restricted from receiving that funding Read more HERE.

 

See the Nurses' List of Bills HERE

Led by Chair Denise Link, PhD, NP, FAAN, FAANP, The 32 member Public Policy Committee reviews bills that have relevance to AzNA’s Public Policy Agenda. (HERE). At least 3 nurses review each bill with a 3 day turn around for a report which includes a discussion of the bill, it’s relevance to the AzNA agenda and a suggested position of support, oppose or monitor. The list is refreshed weekly.




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