2017 Legislative Updates
During the two-year 2017-2018 Legislative Session, many bills of general interest to the Board, or those having potential impact on the administration of the Board, were followed. Although these bills address many subjects, each affects registered nursing in some way.
In 2017, the Board followed forty-six bills of which one resolution was adopted. Twelve bills were signed into law by the Governor. Three bills were vetoed, and three bills no longer apply. Unless otherwise stated, the statutes of 2017 became effective January 1, 2018.
SB 799 was critical because it was the Board’s Sunset Bill. The bill extends the Board’s sunset date to January 1, 2022.
Because 2017 is the first year of a two-year session, the respective legislative bodies will continue to consider, in 2018, the twenty-seven bills that remain.
The following is a list of those bills that became law. Because some bills contain specific provisions, please refer to the bills themselves for complete details. The bills can also be accessed through the California Legislative Information website.
- AB 40 (Santiago) - CURES database: health information technology system
- AB 44 (Reyes) - Workers’ compensation: medical treatment: terrorist attacks: workplace violence
- AB 208 (Eggman) - Deferred entry of judgment: pretrial diversion
- AB 508 (Santiago) - Health care practitioners: student loans
- AB 1048 (Arambula) - Health care: pain management and Schedule II drug prescriptions
- AB 1102 (Rodriguez) - Health facilities: whistleblower protections
- SB 54 (De León) - Law enforcement: sharing data
- SB 547 (Hill) - Professions and vocations: weights and measures
- SB 554 (Stone) - Nurse practitioners: physician assistants: buprenorphine
- SB 796 (Hill) - Uniform Standards: Naturopathic Doctors Act: Respiratory Care Practice Act
- SB 799 (Hill) - Nursing