WSNA in Olympia: 2021 Legislative Session Week 12

In this week’s update:

  • Week 12 Recap
  • WSNA Priority Bills Continue to Move
  • WSNA Members Meet with Members of Congress

Week 12

Today marks the April 2 cutoff when bills must be voted out of fiscal commit­tees in the opposite chamber. Most WSNA priority bills are still alive and continue to move through the process. The next cutoff is April 11, when all (non-budget related) bills must be voted out of the opposite chamber.

All floor sessions, including debate and votes on bills, are being aired on TVW. WSNA’s 2021 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties are avail­able online.

Senate & House Budgets Released

On Thursday this week, the Senate passed its 2021 – 23 operating budget. The House is expected to pass its budget on Saturday. Please watch for WSNA Action Alerts next week on budget priorities.

WSNA Priority Bills Continue to Move

SB 5190: Presump­tive Eligi­bility for Health Care Workers

Pierce County nurse Shelly Pollock Mead testi­fied in support of SB 5190 in the House Appro­pri­a­tions Committee. SB 5190 provides presump­tive eligi­bility for health care workers during a declared federal or state health emergency. The bill was voted out of the Appro­pri­a­tions Committee on March 31. It now goes to the House Rules Committee.

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HB 1152: Public Health System Legislation

WSNA Presi­dent Lynnette Vehrs testi­fied in the Senate Ways & Means Committee this week in support of HB 1152, which provides updates and new require­ments for our state’s public health system. She also thanked the Committee for the Senate budget invest­ment of $150 million in new funding for Founda­tional Public Health Services.

Today, HB 1152 was passed by the Senate Ways & Means Committee. It now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.

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HB 1272: Health System Trans­parency
HB 1272 passed out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee today. The bill was amended in the Ways & Means Committee to: 1) address the need for critical access hospi­tals to upgrade their EHR systems so they can better collect and share the demographic data required in the bill; and, 2) requires DOH to contract with the UW School of Nursing to lead an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary study to analyze the impact of the number, type, educa­tion, training, and experi­ence of acute care hospital staffing personnel on patient mortality and patient outcomes. The study is due to the legis­la­ture on October 1, 2022.

WSNA Members Meet with Members of Congress

This week, WSNA members met with several congres­sional repre­sen­ta­tives. We had good meetings with Congressman Adam Smith, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Congress­woman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congress­woman Kim Schrier, and Congress­woman Pramila Jayapal. WSNA nurses shared their experi­ences a year in to the pandemic and with the COVID-19 vaccine. Partic­i­pating nurses also shared their experi­ences with workplace violence and asked for service recog­ni­tion for the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

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WSNA members meet with Congressman Derek Kilmer on Monday, March 29.

Please look for regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session continues – we look forward to your partic­i­pa­tion in the process!