Five weeks have transpired in the first session of the 86th General Assembly. There are no bills left from last year. It’s start from scratch time. After the November elections, we have 21 new legislators. Even with all this newness, an important dynamic about the legislature and executive branch didn’t change. The Senate is still controlled by the Democrats 26-24. The House is still controlled by the Republicans, 57-43. The Republicans did pick up four seats to expand their majority. The Executive Branch is still controlled by Governor Terry Branstad, who not only is Iowa’s longest serving Governor, but will become America’s longest serving Governor before this term, his sixth, is completed.
Your IANP/INPS joint legislative committee is busy reviewing bills. The committee has already been sent 60 bills to review. We try to make sure we catch every bill or section of a bill that will have an impact, either positive or negative, on nurse practitioners. The committee has a conference call every two weeks to review fully the bills which have been introduced.
Because the state legislature can have such a profound impact on your profession, we are hopeful that every nurse practitioner will take the time to get more involved with public policy. Part of this project entails getting to know your State Representative and State Senator. Invite your legislator to your workplace. Give them an idea of what goes on in your world every day. Most legislators understand the importance of health care issues. What they probably don’t know is the vital role that you play in this equation.
Printed below are the bills that IANP/INPS has taken a position on so far in the 2015 session.
A bill for an act relating to persons and activities regulated by the board of nursing. (Formerly SSB 1097.) (SF 203 passed the Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously and awaits a vote by the full Senate.)
A study bill for an act relating to a dementia proficient workforce task force. (IANP/INPS is attempting to get a nurse practitioner appointed to this task force.)
SSB 1150 (HSB 103)
A study bill for an act relating to licensure of anesthesiologist assistants, providing for fees, and making penalties applicable. The Senate subcommittee of Senators Wilhelm, Taylor, and Johnson all voted “no” on SSB 1150 on Thursday, February 12th. HSB 103 will have a subcommittee meeting on February 18th)
A study bill for an act relating to the reclassification of marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinols, and the possession of marijuana, and providing a penalty. (IANP/INPS is monitoring this bill, but will likely focus more on the medical marijuana bill.)
By Human Resources. A bill for an act relating to programs and services under the purview of the department of public health including the board of hearing aid dispensers and the medical residency training matching grants program and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions (Formerly HSB 83)
By McCoy. A bill for an act relating to sexual orientation change efforts and making penalties applicable.
A study bill for An Act relating to the Iowa information program for drug prescribing and dispensing. 1/14/15 Subcommitee: Wilhelm, Bolkcom, and Segebart
HF 203 (SSB 1130)
By State Government. A bill for an act providing for the licensing of polysomnographic technologists and exceptions thereto, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions. (Formerly HSB 75)