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Policy Pulse - Week of March 5, 2018

Posted By Wendy Knefelkamp, Monday, March 5, 2018

Last Week at the AZ Legislature...

March 5, 2018-

The Arizona House and Senate chambers held their first week of committee hearings on bills that had passed out of the other chamber. Calendars were light as time was spent in long meetings moving bills through the legislative process: voting out bills that had originated in each of the respective chambers, "first reading" in the receiving chamber, and assigning received bills to committees.


Last week was the second phase of our RN Advocacy Day plan. Over several days, nurses met with legislators from their home districts. The meetings were very productive and new relationships were established.


We are moving forward with our 'AzNA 90' Goal, “A Nurse Assigned to Each Legislator”, and you can take the 1st step by meeting with your legislator(s).


It’s easy to establish a relationship with your legislator by calling their office and scheduling an appointment. We make your message easy: give them a copy of our Public Policy Agenda which addresses all of the important messages related to our profession and patient safety.The AzNA staff is available to update you on bill progress or coach you on messaging.


Bill of Interest This Week


HB2197 health professionals; workforce data passed unanimously out of the House, however has now been assigned to two committees in the Senate: the Health & Human Services Committee ("Health") and the Commerce and Public Safety Committee ("Commerce"). This presents a problem as there are only 4 weeks for bills to be heard in committee of which one week has already passed and it may be difficult to persuade some Commerce Committee member of the merits of the bill. If the bill does not pass out of both committees, it will die before being heard by the Senate as a whole.

AzNA Position: Support

We will be spending a lot of energy in the next week to push this bill along. It is scheduled to be heard Wednesday in the Health Committee. Be on the lookout for a Call to Action/Letter writing campaign through our Phone2Action advocacy tool. If you haven't registered to receive text alerts, take a minute today!


See the Bills AzNA is Tracking

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.


Access the Nurses List of Bills to see the full listing of bills AzNA is following this legislative session. These new weekly reports (above) will help summarize some key points from the week before, but it is also helpful for you access the Nurses List of Bills weekly to track the bills that you are passionate about. If you have a question about a specific bill please contact We will triage your question to the appropriate person.

Tags:  Advocacy  Legislature  Public Policy 

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