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WHO WE ARE

Governmental Affairs Cabinet

We are a group of elected KNA members that represent nearly the entire state from central Kentucky to north and far western Kentucky. We have members who are staff nurses, nurse educators, members of nursing leadership and advanced practice nurses.

KENTUCKY LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Kentucky legislature convenes in regular session on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January for 60 days in even-numbered years and for 30 days in odd-numbered years. It convenes in special sessions at the call of the governor. The Kentucky Constitution mandates that a regular session be completed no later than April 15 in even-numbered years and March 30 in odd-numbered years.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR 2019

The Answers You Need

There are hundreds of bills that arise each legislative session. To help guide our focus the KNA Government Affairs Committee has established a list of priorities for the upcoming legislative session (2019).


Keep an eye out here for bill information as it becomes available.

SUPPORT - NURSING PRACTICE

  • SB 132 – Removes the Collaborative Agreement for Prescriptive Authority for Controlled Substances (CAPA-CS) for APRNs after four years of prescribing controlled substances with a CAPA-CS.  Result – no vote.

  • SB 1 – School safety bill includes nurses as additional mental health workforce in the schools; adds a school nurse to Center for School Safety board. Result – amended version passed, signed into law by the Governor.

SUPPORT - TOBACCO CONTROL/SMOKING CESSATION

  • HB 11 Prohibits tobacco use in schools and on public school property and activities (K-12). Result – passed, signed into law by the Governor.

SUPPORT - NO TAXES ON NONPROFITS

  • HB 354 – Exemption of taxes on sales of admissions for nonprofit organizations.  Result – amended version passed, signed into law by the Governor.

SUPPORT - MAINTAINING MEDICAID SERVICES

  • SB 78 – Requires Medicaid to maintain dental & vision services and non-emergency medical transportation for all recipients. Result – no vote.

SUPPORT - PATIENT/PROVIDER PROTECTIONS

  • SB 18 – Bans workplace discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions. Result – passed, signed into law by the Governor.

  • SB 65 – Create a Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council; may include hospice nurse or APRN. Result – amended version passed, signed into law by the Governor.

For more information about the 2019 Legislative Session results, visit Kentucky-nurses.org.

2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Budgetary session

The 2018 Legislative Session was focused on establishing the Kentucky State Budget and Revenue for the next 2 years. Additionally, it was a year of pension reform.


See the link below for key bills, general descriptions and voting records. The budget impacts all Kentuckians. The pension dilemma impacts Kentucky nurses in schools and other agencies that make up the public safety net, such as health departments and rape crisis centers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

KENTUCKY NURSES DAY

February 2020 TBA

KNA Legislative Day is a true advocacy day where you will meet with change agents from across our Commonwealth, sharing your concerns about issues that impact your home, life, profession and patients.

Let your voice be heard!

RECENT EVENTS

KENTUCKY NURSES DAY

February 6, 2019

KNA Legislative Day is a true advocacy day where you will meet with change agents from across our Commonwealth, sharing your concerns about issues that impact your home, life, profession and patients.

Let your voice be heard!

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