The legislative session ended last night and the Nurse Licensure Compact traveled to the end but was ultimately stripped out of the supplemental budget bill in the final hours of the session. The reasons for removal were: (1) the governor would likely have vetoed based on this provision’s inclusion (though he will likely veto anyway) and (2) Senator Abeler said he would not vote for the supplemental budget bill if it included the compact, jeopardizing the entire budget’s viability to pass the floor.
The work everyone did on the “Nurse Compact” this year was excellent. MOLN worked with bill proponents including the hospital and health care systems. Because of our coalition efforts, we recruited new authors, raised awareness and educated lawmakers on the issue, survived multiple hearings, highlighted practice evolutions that create even more need for the compact, and brought attention to the Board of Nursing 2017 survey showing unprecedented nurse support for the Nurse Licensure Compact. It is likely that the compact’s viability for next year rests on election outcomes but it is also it’s safe to say the 2018 session advanced our cause and showed MOLN as a leader in this legislative effort. We learned a lot about our capacity to undertake a major public policy effort and because of what we learned, we will continue to grow and refine our public policy program.
Thank you all for the tremendous work you did this year.