Legislative News

Lack of Committee Support
Marks the End for Senate Bill 323

June 28, 2016

During this morning’s hearing of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions, Senator Ed Hernandez opted not to present Senate Bill 323, as it was apparent that there was still not sufficient support among committee members to advance the bill. Because June 30 is the deadline for bills to move out of policy committees, this therefore marks the end of the line for the measure.
The California Association for Nurse Practitioners applauds the work and leadership of Senator Hernandez and Assembly member Susan Eggman on Senate Bill 323. Our members and coalition partners rose to a new level to help educate their legislators on the work that nurse practitioners do across California every day.
Unfortunately, a bill that would significantly expand access to health care for millions of Californians continues to stall based on the antiquated and byzantine discussion around the “ban on the corporate practice of medicine.” It’s a debate which focuses on who would employ nurse practitioners, rather than the more timely question of to which medically underserved communities would NPs be able to provide care – in particular, in the many regions of the state where physicians have chosen to no longer practice, where NPs could fill in the gaps.
“SB 323 would allow California’s more than 20,000 nurse practitioners to do what they are already doing every day – providing vital healthcare services often without a physician in the room or even in the building,” said CANP President Donna Emanuele. “Nearly half the states in the country have adopted legislation that allows patients direct access to the quality care and services that nurse practitioners provide. It is frustrating that California continues to lag behind the growing national movement toward full practice authority for nurse practitioners. No other state in the nation has become as bogged down in this conversation around who NPs are employed by.”
“Our thanks go out to all of our supporters who undertook a monumental effort in support of this common sense measure,” she continued. "The issues and concerns raised through discussions over SB 323 have indeed allowed us to make substantial progress toward our ultimate goal, and we will continue to expand our coalition to educate the Legislature on the training of nurse practitioners and their key role in the health delivery system in California.  We’ll continue this fight and we’ll come back stronger than before -- and we won’t let up until full practice authority is realized in California.”
Senate Bill SB-323

The measure which provides full practice authority for California nurse practitioners, was passed by the California State Senate on May 7th.The measure would enable California to join 21 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting NPs to practice to the full extent of their education, experience and expertise. Co-authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton), the bill will allow an NP who holds a national certification and practices in a specific settings to work without physician supervision. For details on the current wording of the bill, please Click Here.

We encourage all members to reach out to their State Assemblymember to express support for SB323 as they prepare for a vote. If you are unsure of who your Assemblymember is, please visit Click Here. A sample support letter can also be found under the SB323 Resource Center tab.