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2017 Bill tracking Update

Needlestick Injury Prevention:

SB1251  - An Act relative to needlestick injury prevention in public health facilities and settings.

Testimony submitted in support June 2017.


Nurses on Boards:

H1681/S615 - An Act relative to the governance of the Health Policy Commission.

No hearing scheduled yet.


Nurse Licensure:

H1188/S1162 - An Act Relative to Nurse Licensure Compact in Massachusetts

Testimony in support submitted June 2017.


Scope of Practice:

H3829- An Act promoting affordable health care options

Drafting testimony


H2451/S1257 - An Act to Contain Health Care Costs and Improve Access to Value Based Nurse Practitioner Care as Recommended by the IOM and FTC.

No hearing scheduled yet.


H2452/S658 - An Act to remove the restrictions on the licenses of certified registered anesthetists as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.

No hearing scheduled yet.

S214 - An Act Relative to the Administration of Diabetes Medication

Provided testimony in support with conditions June 2017.


SB1109  - An Act to improve access to care by removing barriers to practice for psychiatric clinical nurse specialists.

No hearing scheduled yet.


H608 - An Act relative to the Health Policy Commission reviews of scope of practice proposals.

No hearing scheduled yet.



SB356  - An Act to Establish safe staffing levels at skilled nursing facilities. Staffing ratio bill.

No hearing scheduled yet.


Workplace Safety:

H1144/S1167 - An Act Providing for Safe Patient Handling.

No hearing scheduled yet.


Workplace Violence: 

HB1007 - An Act requiring health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence.

Provided testimony in Support of April 2017.



HB795 – An Act strengthening the penalty for assault or assault and battery on an emergency medical technician, ambulance operator, ambulance attendant or health care provider.

Working on testimony in support of July 2017.


H2333 and S788 - An Act to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation.

Provided testimony in support June 2017.


H2430 - An Act Relative to Facilitating the Utilization of Psychologists on the Health Care Team, legislation to include psychologists in the definition of nursing practice. Public Health.

No hearing Scheduled yet.

SB1064/HB3373 - An act relative to the regulatory authority for oversight of the recreational marijuana industry,

SB1066/HB3177 - An Act further regulating the manufacture and sale of certain commercial marijuana products,

SB1067/HB3184 - An act further regulating marijuana commercialization,

SB1071/HB3180 - An act relative to youth marijuana use prevention and education,

SB1072/HB3181 - An act relative to marijuana research, data collection, and best practices,

SB1077/HB3182 - An act relative to marijuana product packaging and labeling,

SB1073/HB3183 - An Act relative to marijuana potency.

SB1065/HB3176 – An Act strengthening local control over recreational marijuana businesses.

Provided Testimony in support April 2017

Enacted on July 20, 2017.(H3818)  Awaiting Governor’s action.

SB1266  - An Act relative to liability protection for disaster volunteers.

No hearing scheduled yet.

SB1265  - An Act relative to public safety and public health worker protections.

No hearing scheduled yet.

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