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MAOHN - Government Affairs

Issues of importance to occupational and environmental health nurses:
Expanded Nursing License Compact (eNLC) - posted 4/7/18

HF3848 and SF3305 are bills in the Minnesota Legislature that would enact and fund the eNLC. MAOHN has been a perennial supporter of the compact, which would permit Minnesota nurses to practice in the 29 other states in the compact under their Minnesota license and reciprocally for nurses in those other states.

The bills were introduced in the Legislature March 14, 2018 and were heard in committees.

Benefits (submitted to the Mn Board of Nursing, 2017 Survey) of Minnesota Joining the NLC

  • Streamlines mobility and reduce barriers to cross-border practice
  • Increases access to standardized patient care and safety
  • Promotes a cost-effective licensure process
  • Facilitates the care of patients who seek treatment in MN but reside across the border

More information about eNLC in Mn: https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/nurse-license-compact/

Contact your legislator: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

Follow the bill: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?b=Senate&f=SF3305&ssn=0&y=2017

Please send your input and availability to help through the Contact tab.

Minnesota Executive Branch
Minnesota Governor http://mn.gov/governor/ - Mark Dayton (DFL)

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Services include workers' compensation, labor standards, apprenticeships. Code administration, inspection services and licensing of boilers, high-pressure-piping and boats-for-hire. Investigating complaints and incidents.

Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.

Minnesota Board of Nursing
The board is a regulatory agency whose services include licensing, discipline and program approval, education relevant to the needs of the public and to the education and practice of nurses and disseminating information to nurses and the public.

Minnesota State Council on Disability
The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is an agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.

Minnesota Health Professionals Services Program
The State of Minnesota Health Professional Services Program (HPSP) is a professionally staffed, confidential program designed to monitor the treatment and continuing care of eligible, regulated health professionals.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Responsible for administering environmental permitting, compliance/enforcement, remediation and outreach programs to help Minnesota protect its environment.

Minnesota Public Safety Department
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Liquor Control, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Crime Victim Services, Driver and Vehicle Services, Emergency Management, Emergency Communication Networks, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Statewide Radio Board, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.

Minnesota Safety Council
The Minnesota Safety Council is a semi-state agency, providing safety and health training services to state agencies and the citizens of Minnesota through a variety of programs. Its mission is to make Minnesota a safer place to live.

Minnesota Judicial Branch, State Courts, http://www.mncourts.gov

Minnesota State Legislature
The Minnesota legislative session commenced January 3. The Minnesota Legislature changed dramatically with the 2016 election. The Senate switched to slim 34-33 Republican majority control. This gives Republicans legislative control or the first time in five years.
http://mn.gov/portal/government/state/legislature/
Legislation and Bill Tracking, https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis

Federal Executive
Donald J. Trump (R) was elected the 45th President by the Electoral College, December 19. The President nominates judges, appoints officials to execute law and operate agencies of the US Government, and they command military forces.

Federal Representation
Unites States Senate
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
Tina Smith (DFL)
Unites States House of Representatives
DistrictName
1Timothy J Walz (DFL)
2Jason Lewis (R)
3Erik Paulsen (R)
4Betty McCollum (DFL)
5Keith Ellison (DFL)
6Tom Emmer (R)
7Colin C. Peterson (DFL)
8Rick Nolan (DFL)


MAOHN Government Affairs - FAQ 2018

1. What is the public profile of MAOHN?
A capsule profile based on IRS 990 filings:
Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses
PO BOX 4845, Saint Paul, MN 55101-8845
Tax exempt since June 1972
Employee Identification Number: 23-7131248
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(6)
Defined as: Business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, etc., created for the improvement of business conditions.
Donations to this organization are not tax deductible.i

2. What issues does MAOHN follow?
Expanded nurse license compact. The expanded nurse license compact (eNLC) is a mutual recognition model of license, much like a state driver's license. Nurses who are licensed in states that have adopted the eNLC are able to practice nursing in all the eNLC participating states. This is most important for our members with interstate responsibilities. There are currently 29 participating eNLC states, six more than in 2008. The Minnesota Legislature and governor must pass law to become part of the eNLC. Two bills have been introduced this 2017 - 2018 Regular Session, SF3305 and HF3848. See https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.

What can I do to help support the NLC?
Contact your legislator. Let them know that the eNLC is an important issue for you. Ask them for their support and get a commitment from your elected official. Talk about the issue amongst your colleagues, family, and friends.

How do I contact my legislator?
Like any good citizen, MAOHN members are encouraged to become familiar with their elected officials. Face-to-face followed by written communication remains the best approach. Schedule a meeting. Present a brief description of the issue. Stories persuade. Acknowledge various stakeholders, the benefits and harms of a proposal. Identify your support or opposition. Ask for their support or opposition. Offer to help if you can. See http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us and http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us.

3. Can members advocate and lobby representing MAOHN?
The MAOHN bylaws limit official representation to the president. Arrangement and delegation may occur. Please, please inform and coordinate your activity with the board member for government affairs.

Yes. From the American Bar Associationii:

"When many people think about nonprofits and lobbying, they might think of a relationship like oil and water: they don't mix. There is a widespread perception that nonprofits cannot lobby, or if they do lobby, they are exploiting some kind of legal loophole. The fact is that nonprofits, even 501(c)(3) organizations, which are the most restricted type of nonprofits, may legally lobby. Getting involved in the legislative process and having a say in policy discussions is not just an appropriate role for nonprofits; it is vital. If nonprofits are not speaking on behalf of their often-vulnerable communities, chances are nobody else is either. Who, after all, knows the problems of their communities more intimately and is in the best position to suggest practical solutions than the nonprofit organizations that work in those communities every day? Nonprofits that do not take advantage of their ability to lobby miss an opportunity to advance policies that will improve the lives of their constituents."

"To understand the lobbying rules that affect nonprofits, a short tour of federal tax law is required. The Internal Revenue Code governs tax-exempt organizations, the most common of which are 501(c)(3) public charity organizations. Section 501(c) of the federal tax code and the relevant IRS regulations lay out the permissible activities of the various 501(c) organizations. 501(c)(3) organizations are described in the Internal Revenue Code as having charitable, religious, educational, scientific, or literary purposes. 501(c)(3) organizations include both public charities and private foundations. They have the best tax treatment under federal tax law: they are tax exempt and contributions to them are tax deductible. The trade-off for having these benefits, however, is a limitation on certain activities. No 501(c)(3) organization may support or oppose a candidate for public office. 501(c)(3) private foundations, such as the Ford Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are heavily taxed on any lobbying expenditures, which effectively acts as a prohibition on lobbying. 501(c)(3) public charities, on the other hand, are clearly permitted to lobby up to a certain dollar limit each year."

"501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, such as the League of Conservation Voters and AARP, are also tax exempt, but contributions to them are not tax deductible. The trade-off for this less beneficial tax treatment is that they may engage in unlimited lobbying and also may engage in some partisan political activities (subject to state or federal election law rules). Similarly, labor unions (501(c)(5) organizations) and trade associations (501(c)(6) organizations) also may lobby without limits and engage in some partisan political activities. Since most of the concerns about tax-exempt organizations and lobbying center around 501(c)(3) public charity organizations, they will be the focus of the rest of this article."

iPropublica (2018). Non-profit explorer. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/237131248. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
iIMehta, N. (2009). Nonprofits and Lobbying: Yes, they can! Business law today 18(4) https://apps.americanbar.org/buslaw/blt/2009-03-04/mehta.shtml. Retrieved March 26, 2018.

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