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Legislative Updates and WVNA Lobbyist fund

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WVNA 2021 Legislative Updates

Bills our Health Policy and Legislative Committee are working / tracking

HB2672  Relating to posting of safety information in hospitals.
Sponsor: Delegate Tully
Sponsors: Majority Leader Summers
 
The purpose of this bill is to require a hospital to post the contact information to the Office for Health Facility Licensure and Certification to notify individuals on how to file a complaint.
Pending: House Health Committee
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HB2796  Supplemental Appropriations Bill 
Sponsor: Majority Leader Summers
Sponsors: Tully, Householder, Criss, Reynolds, Rohrbach
Supplemental appropriation bill is to expire funds to the surplus balance of General Revenue and to supplement and increase an item of appropriation in the aforesaid account for the designated spending unit for expenditure during the fiscal year 2021.
The purpose of this bill is to provide relief for nurses who become ill from COVID-19 while caring for patients using excess surplus funds paid from nursing licensure fees. Fifteen states have enacted legislation or executive orders to provide compensation for nurses who become ill from COVID-19 in the workplace. These states include Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Several states have pending legislation.
 
Pending: House Finance Committee
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HB2707 – APRN: Relating to prescriptive authority for advanced practice registered nurses. Legislate Executive Orders.  
Sponsor: Delegate Tully
Sponsors: Majority Leader Summers
 
Pending: House Health Committee
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HB 2674  CRNA: Relating to the administration of anesthetics. Legislative Executive Orders.
Sponsor:  Delegate Tully
Sponsors: Summers, Bates
 
Passed: House of Delegates
Pending: Senate Health Committee
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HB2368  Mylissa Smith’s Law, creating patient visitation privileges.
 
Sponsor: Delegate Jeffries, D
Sponsors: Summers, Tully, Pack, J., Rohrbach, Ellington, Steele, Espinose, Linville, Howelle, Pack, L.
 
Passed: House Health Committing
Pending: House Judiciary Committee
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HB2363 - Relating to “Best Interests of the Child Protection Act of 2021”.
Sponsor: Delegate Foster
Sponsors: Summers, Storch, Phillips, Steele, Sypolt, Pinson, McGeehan, Jeffries, J., Jeffries, D., Rowan
Passed: House of Delegates
Pending: Senate Judiciary Committee
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SB277  COVID-19 Jobs Protection Act. 
Sponsor: Senator Blair
Sponsors: Senator Baldwin
 
WVNA and AARP were vocal to encourage removing the immunity for willful misconduct, reckless or intentional infliction of harm.  Added amendments to make it safer 3/9/21. Completed legislation waiting on Governor Justice’s signature.
Passed: WV Legislature
Pending: Governor’s Signature/Approval
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SB 334  Establishing license application process for needle exchange programs
Sponsor: Senator Tarr
Sponsors: Senator Grady
 
Passed: Senate
Pending: House Health Committee
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HB 2344 – Vet Tech – Modify statute relating to Registered Veterinary Technicians.
Title Nurse
Sponsor: Delegate Pack, J.
 
Pending: House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
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HB2869  Limitations on requirement to wear face masks.
Sponsor: Delegate Jeffries, J.
Sponsors: Longanacre, Kimes, Graves, Jennings, Burkhammer, McGeehan, Horst, Martin, Pack, J., Householder
 
Pending: House Judiciary Committee
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HB2869  Limitations on requirement to wear face masks.
Sponsor: Delegate Jeffries, J.
Sponsors: Longanacre, Kimes, Graves, Jennings, Burkhammer, McGeehan, Horst, Martin, Pack, J., Householder
 
Pending: House Judiciary Committee
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SB 568  Eliminate Mask Mandate
Sponsor: Senator Azinger
Sponsors: Senator Karr
 
Pending: Senate Government Organization Committee

 


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