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Legislative session 2008.

The 2008 legislative session ended May 3. The legislators had to make some hard decisions in light of tight budgets at both the state and federal level. Vermonters needed or wanted better highways and bridges, property tax relief, better facilities for psychiatric patients, affordable health care and housing, tuition assistance, decreased energy costs, decreased costs for prisoners; and legislators had to choose from among more than a thousand bills to meet the needs of citizens and have a balanced state budget. VSNA will not know how much money has been appropriated for nursing education until July (scholarships through Vermont State Assistance Corporation); and August (loan repayment through Area Health Education Centers). Here is a list of the legislation VSNA was tracking and the status of theses bills:

H. 11 Commissioner of Health This bill changed the present statute from the commissioner being a physician to including others prepared at the graduate level in public health and with experience in the field. The bill passed and the governor has signed into law.

H. 421 Safe Patient Handling This bill did not progress but it may be resubmitted for the next biennium. In addition to talking with legislators, I had several opportunities to talk with Governor Douglas about the safety issues for patients and health care workers.

S. 166 Prohibiting Mandatory Overtime This bill did not progress.

S. 281 End of Life Care and Pain Management This bill changed significantly in the House Human Services Committee from the one introduced to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. The final version is not available but it is expected to create a legislative committee to convene a group of stake holders to study and report on palliative care, end of life care, and pain management. This group will consider existing data, and make recommendations for legislative and non-legislative solutions for improving palliative care, end of life care, and management of chronic pain, and access to these services for children as well as adults. The report is to be submitted to legislators in January 2009. This bill is awaiting governor's action.

S. 329 Regulation of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners This bill did not progress.

S. 330 Nurse Licensure Compact This bill did not progress.

VSNA hosted a successful Nurses' Day at the State House on April 2 with 100 nurses and undergraduate and graduate students. Kevin Veller, Director of Outreach for Catamount Health Care presented a program on public health insurance programs for Vermonters. Governor Douglas met with nurses in his office; and Lt. Governor Dubie stopped by the Cardroom to offer comments on health care and the value of nurses and nursing. Save the date for Nurses' Day at the State House April 1, 2009!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as VSNA's lobbyist.

Margaret Luce, MSN, RN
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Title Annotation:General News
Author:Luce, Margaret
Publication:Vermont Nurse Connection
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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