Special Notice: LSNA calls for Legislative Action to ensure Workplace Safety in Healthcare
The Louisiana State Nurses Association, along with its legislative advocacy partner Southern Strategy Group, is working with Representative Dustin Miller to introduce a House Concurrent Resolution urging the Louisiana Legislature to direct and encourage a study with recommendations to the Louisiana Legislature regarding potential legislation needed to create a safer workplace environment for nurses and social service workers. The resolution calls for recommendations to be presented to joint Health & Welfare in February 2020. LSNA will then evaluate opportunities to enact those recommendations in the 2020 legislative session.
HCR60 is scheduled for concurrence with the House after an amendment in Senate adding physicians to the group of those included in the study bill.
2019 Regular Legislative Session ends Thursday, June 6
Only one week remains before the Louisiana legislature must adjourn sine die next Thursday, June 6th at 6:00pm. On Thursday this week the Senate passed House Bill 105 – the state’s budget bill and sent it back to the House for concurrence in the Senate amendments to the bill. Both chambers of the legislature are meeting over the weekend to handle their lengthy respective agendas. HB 105 (state operating budget) we expect will not be concurred in by the House and will be sent to conference committee to tinker with the Senate’s changes to the budget.
The House schedule for Sunday is fairly standard for what we expect this time of year, however, the Senate’s agenda of House bills is very lengthy as we expect the Senate to meet tomorrow, Saturday as well as on Sunday.
Bills continue to move back and forth between chambers, so progress is being made but legislators will have to move rather quickly if they want their bills to be considered before next week’s adjournment.
As always should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.
Randal Johnson, Southern Strategy Group
Throughout the year, LSNA networks with stakeholders, partners, and elected leaders to ensure our voice is heard at the policy table. LSNA engages the services of the Southern Strategy Group in Baton Rouge.
LSNA will take positions on issues related to nursing and the health of Louisiana’s citizens. Check back here for position statements as they are developed. All position statements will be shared here.