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2019 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES AND OUTCOMES

See below for a bill by bill synopsis and link to the voting record or bill update.

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.

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  • 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 NON-PROFITS

  • 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.          

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