Because of the importance of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) to those of us in travel nursing, we are continuing to provide our readers with periodic updates on where non-compact states are in the legislative process. Our last update covered the state of Florida as it became the latest compact state. Today, we will provide an update on the nine states that currently have legislation introduced and pending in their respective state house. Unfortunately, there has not been much movement in most of these state legislatures, so if you feel inclined, you can find ways to get involved here.
- New York – The bill, SB 7579, has been introduced and referred to the Higher Education Committee.
- Illinois – Bill HB 4263 is still in committee.
- Michigan – The bill HB 4838 has recently been introduced to the house.
- Kansas – This state has had some movement as bill HB 2496 has passed the house and is currently in the state Senate.
- Louisiana – Bill SB 202 has passed the state Senate and is now in the Health and Welfare committee in the House.
- Vermont – Bill SB 232 has been referred to the Health and Welfare Committee.
- Massachusetts - Companion bills SB 1162 and HB 1188 have been referred to the Public Health Committee.
- Rhode Island – Bill HB 7228 was in committee and has been voted to be held for further study.
- New Jersey – Companion bills AB 1597 and SB 954 have been introduced and are in committee.
As shown above, the wheels of government grind slowly so if your state appears to be slow-walking this important legislation, you may want to get involved and give your representatives a phone call or an email. For those states that have not even introduced legislation, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii, now is the time to have your voice be heard.
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