CATEGORY: Appropriations Committee

Testing for and Treatment of Influenza 714

While not typically thought of as such, pharmacists are medical workers too and must go through additional schooling and licensing. This package of bills recognizes pharmacists training and expands their scope of practice to allow for testing of a number of common diseases such as the flu, giving more people greater options for treatment while freeing up more specialized medical professionals to treat fewer routine illnesses. HB 389 was voted up in both the House and Senate and sent to the Governor to sign.

Bill Categories: Appropriations Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Direct Cre Workers 1676

Medical professionals such as nurses are often trained to do far more procedures than is actually allowed by regulations or law. This bill would expand the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to perform a host of procedures they’ve previously been certified to do without needed direct doctor supervision, allowing more patients to be seen and giving doctors the time to dedicate to patients who need their advanced skills. HB 607 passed through both legislative chambers and was signed into law by the Governor.

Bill Categories: Appropriations Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Criminal Justice 346

Mandatory minimums take away judicial discretion forcing judges to impose harsh sentences even if the crime doesn’t deserve one. As originally constructed, these bills would have given back that judicial discretion for certain offenses allowing judges to look at each case on its own merits. While the Senate passed SB 346 after a heavy amendment process, it did not receive a House vote.

Bill Categories: Appropriations Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

Dispensing Medicinal Drugs 100

Currently, a physician may dispense up to a 24-hour supply of a medicinal drug to a patient the physician is treating in an emergency department of a hospital. If the patient needs more than a 24-hour supply of a drug, the physician must provide the patient with a prescription for use after the initial 24-hour period. These bills would expand this authorization to allow all prescribers, not just physicians, to prescribe medicinal drugs upon release. While HB 57 and SB 100 managed to move through the committee process, they were unable to pass their respective chambers.

Bill Categories: Appropriations Committee

AFP POSITION: Support

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