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WSNA in Olympia – Legislative Session Week 1


In this week’s update:

  • Week 1 Recap
  • Update on Safe Staffing Standards bills – TAKE ACTION
  • Training Funds for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
  • School Nurse Funding
  • ARNP Parity Bill – TAKE ACTION

Week 1

This was a busy week of hearings on policy bills and WSNA was well repre­sented with several members providing testi­mony on key bills. As a reminder, all hearings and meetings with legis­la­tors are taking place over Zoom and are being aired on TVW. WSNA’s 2022 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties are avail­able online.


Safe Staffing Standards #

This week the Safe Staffing Standards bill was intro­duced in the house. The bill number is HB 1868. We were pleased that 44 bipar­tisan cospon­sors signed on to the House bill prime sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D‑Spokane). Senator June Robinson (D‑Everett) is the prime sponsor of the Senate companion bill, SB 5751. Fourteen senators signed on as co-sponsors to the bill.

TAKE ACTION: HB 1868 is sched­uled for a hearing next week on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee. Due to the remote legisla­tive session this year, individ­uals can sign-in remotely to support this bill. By signing in you are putting your support for the bill on the legisla­tive record (not testi­fying).NOTE: When signing-in, please leave the organi­za­tion” blank; do not put the name of your employer or WSNA in this box. This is so that your employer and WSNA can enter their official organi­za­tional positions on the record without confusion.

Instruc­tions for signing-in:
SIGN IN SUPPORT: You can begin doing this right away up until one hour before start of the hearing Wednesday, Jan, 19 (sign-in will close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday).

Start at this link
1. Choose position: Pro
2. Fill out the remaining identi­fying infor­ma­tion, leaving organi­za­tion” blank (do not put the name of your employer or WSNA here)
3. Submit


Training Funds for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners #

Two bills on Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners had hearings this week. On Monday, in the House College & Workforce Devel­op­ment Committee, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive and SANE, Shawn Reed, testi­fied in support of HB 1622. Later in the day Shawn testi­fied again in House Health Care & Wellness on HB 1621. Both bills are sponsored by Repre­sen­ta­tive Mosbrucker (R — Yakima). HB 1622 is designed to increase the avail­ability of SANE educa­tion in rural and under­served areas through the creation of a program at Washington State Univer­sity. HB 1621 estab­lishes a stipend program to offset costs for nurses completing SANE training. On Thursday, the House College and Workforce Devel­op­ment Committee voted HB 1622 out of the committee. HB 1622 will now move to the House Appro­pri­a­tions Committee.


School Nurse Funding #

On Wednesday, WSNA contract lobbyist Erica Hallock testi­fied in favor of SB 5595 in the Senate Early Learning & K‑12 Educa­tion committee. On Thursday SNOW Presi­dent Liz Pray testi­fied in House Educa­tion on HB 1664. Both bills would adjust the proto­typ­ical school formulas to provide increased funding for school nurses to support the physical, social, and emotional needs of students.

On Thursday, SNOW Legisla­tive Chair Tessa McIraith and SNOW Presi­dent Liz Pray spoke at a work session called Exami­na­tion and Responses to Public Health and Mental Health Crises in the Educa­tion System.” For the House Educa­tion and Health Care & Wellness commit­tees. Tessa and Liz spoke to the public health and mental health crises in the educa­tion system. 


ARNP Reimbursement Parity Bill #

This session, Senator Emily Randall (D – Kitsap) is sponsoring a bill, SB 5704 to provide ARNPs with reimburse­ment. This bill has a hearing on Jan. 17 in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. Due to the remote legisla­tive session this year, individ­uals can sign-in remotely to support this bill. NOTE: When signing-in, please leave the organi­za­tion” blank; do not put the name of your employer or WSNA in this box. This is so that your employer and WSNA can enter their official organi­za­tional positions on the record without confusion.

Instruc­tions for signing-in:
SIGN IN SUPPORT: You can begin doing this right away, ability ends 1 hour before start of the hearing Monday 1/17/2022 (by 12:30 PM).

Start at this link
1. Choose position: Pro
2. Fill out the remaining identi­fying infor­ma­tion, leaving organi­za­tion” blank (do not put the name of your employer or WSNA here)
3. Submit


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