MOLN Day at the Capitol 2012
Update for MAOHN Members regarding COMPACT nurse licensure legislation from Judy Santiago:
HF 429 (NLC legislation) was introduced by Rep Kim Norton (Rochester), Rep. Tom Huntley (Duluth), Rep Duane Quam (Rochester- also has a mom who is a travelling nurse). The bill was introduced for first reading on 2/7/2013. The bill is exactly as it was introduced last session. Unfortunately the 9 committees who have passed this through are not noted in the first reading since it is a "new" bill.
The 2013 Session saw a shift with DFL back in majority. With a DFL majority, historically DFL (Democratic, Farm and Labor) issues and organizations have priority attention. This means MNA bills receive priority attention, this is evidenced by MN House passing the "Standard of Practice" bill, which is nothing more than mandatory staffing bill.
The NLC bill will sit out the year quietly ( I hope). This will preserve it from adverse action. The bill has successfully been introduced since 2007 in MN House and Senate, has passed EVERY Committee it was placed- regardless of DFL or Republican majority. It gives time to hopefully build for 2014 session.
One question that the members asked during the February meeting was how many MNA nurse vs. total MN nurses? It appears that there are approximately 20,000 nurses in MNA of the 113,000+ nurses in the state. It appears that maybe our legislators need to hear from the other 900,000+ nurse that don't belong to the union and have our voices heard. If we really want the NLC to come to reality then it appears that we need to have a more active voice. This can only be accomplished by nurses contacting their legislators. The second questions the members had at the February meeting was who to contact…the above information has the sponsors of the bill, but I have included a link for Nurse's to find out who their Senator and Representative is... and how they can contact them. This link will also bring you to their bio page and there will be information on how to contact them on that page. Let your voice be heard.
Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MAOHN)