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APRN Full Practice Authority Legislation Update
We want to start by thanking everyone who showed up in support for the Senate Health Committee hearing. The room was packed again and overflowing. It is truly inspiring to see so many individuals engaged to promote their profession and defend their patients’ right to have access to affordable high quality health care.
At the Senate Health Committee Hearing it was apparent to Senator Nancy Barto, the sponsor of our bill, and our lobbying team that we were not going to have the votes needed to get the bill out of committee. Senator Barto allowed testimony on both sides and then held the bill from being voted on. This action allows us the opportunity to continue to work on the bill and make additional changes to satisfy the legislators before sending it to a vote.
For those who were not able to attend the hearing, it can be viewed on the azleg.gov website. Testimony for SB1473 begins at 1:15:00. All of our speakers did a phenomenal job and should be commended.
In the following days, the leaders of our coalition of organizations will be meeting to finalize plans for our next step. We are still in the fight and will press forward. We have an amazing team of lobbyists and they are already preparing for the next steps in getting this bill passed.
Stay tuned. There will be several more calls to action where we are going to need your help to get this bill passed. Your participation in the call to action is what is keeping this bill alive. It is your involvement in showing up to hearings, writing and calling your legislators which will ultimately get our bill passed.
Moving Ahead & How You Can Help
to the Nurses Care 4 Arizona Campaign.
In 2016, Arizona lawmakers will consider the most critical legislation in a generation affecting nurses in this state. Your donation will provide the critical resources we need to make sure Advanced Practice legislation is approved in Arizona in 2016.
*Submit Letters of Support from our communities: Over 700 letters of support have been gathered so far from Arizona nurses and health care supporters. But that is not enough, we continue our appeal to secure more letters of support from physicians, patients and other friends of nursing.
More information about this important legislation can be found on APRNaz.org