The 2021 Alabama State Legislature session ends May 17th, 6700 bills introduced this session with 1453 signed into law. The following are the significant bills that NPAA monitored this session.
SB 186: - Controlled substance database, access by BON authorized for monitoring licensees. NOTE: This bill is for single requests and is truly needed to ensure that the pubic continues to be protected – which is the mission of the BON; NPAA supported this bill.
SB 179: BON authorized to establish standards for student nurse apprenticeships and to issue apprentice permits and for use of MACs. NOTE: This bill is significant in that it will allow for colleges to provide apprenticeships for students to keep them in the workforce; MACs are needed for the assisted living and nursing homes within our state.
SB 46: Medical Cannabis, program established to allow use of for certain conditions, defense against prosecution for marijuana possession established. NOTE: NPs are not authorized in the bill to prescribe.
Bills that died in session that NPAA monitored:
HB 402: Optometrists, practice of optometry defined, Board of Optometry to regulate, Secs. 20-2-2, 34-22-1 am'd. NOTE: this bill is important as it discusses scope of practice; one of the issues presently with NPs is that we have a separate agency, the BME, defining out SOP.
HB 176: Health of personnel performing radiologic imaging on radiation therapy, licensing. and reg.
As we move forward with the Policy Goals for NPAA, we want to hear from you. The State Legislature’s election year is 2022. What are your thoughts on political campaign funding for upcoming candidates?