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Policy Pulse for Nurses - Week of April 9, 2018

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 9, 2018

Last Week at the AZ Legislature...



AzNA tracks bills based on our Public Policy Agenda. This agenda focuses on the health of all Arizonans and the professional practice and work environment of our Arizona nurses.


April 9, 2018-


Budget, Budget, Budget

As the 53rd Legislature, 2nd Regular Session begins to wind down, the budget is the prime topic of discussion. Non-budget bills are moving slowly through the process until the budget is passed (hopefully sometime this week).


The Governor's school safety proposal to increase funds for on-campus police officers, introduced on March 19th, is still being discussed. We are unsure at this time whether it will be taken up in the regular session or warrant a special session like the opioid bill. One thing that we can be sure of; there will be a strong debate by both sides.


Dead, but Now Alive!

HB2127 children’s health insurance program died after it passed out of the house because it was never heard in a senate committee. This was an AzNA supported bill and we have not yet given up hope! The language in 2127 has been re-purposed and now appears in the striker SB1087 Notice of program suspension or termination: spending limit. This would add flexibility in the legislature to continue to fund Kid's Care when federal funding decreases and is being held up in the ongoing budget discussions.


Tag…You’re It!

These bills originated in the house, passed the house, then the senate, but need to go back to the house for final approval due to a senate amendment.


HB2323 schools: inhalers; contracted nurses adds nurses who are contracted (and not just employed) to the list of professionals who can administer inhalers at schools. If approved, it will head to the Governor’s office to be signed.


HB2549 controlled substances; dosage limit adds NPs with advanced pain certification as eligible to serve as medical directors of pain clinics. If approved, it will head to the Governor’s office to be signed.


Signed Into Law by Governor

HB2085 schools; emergency epinephrine administration adds NPs as prescribers of epinephrine to the statute allowing its administration at schools.

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