After a flurry of activity around SB 801, it’s now been tabled with no action since being pulled from the public hearing agenda last Monday, February 26. Although the bill has been quiet, members of the OSRT have been diligent in efforts to stay on top of the return of this bill. We’ve been requesting meetings with Senators on the Committee for Health Care, communicating with other organizations, informing technologists and the public about this bill, as well as preparing a response on further action of it.
This Thursday, March 9th there will be a working session of the Senate Committee on Health Care. At this meeting they are set to discuss and hopefully adopt a non-controversial bill that OBMI submitted for consideration, HB 2267. There is a chance that at this hearing the door will be open for the details of SB 801 to be considered as an amendment. We have no formal proof that this will happen and are told it is unlikely. However, as tenacious as the ARNPs have been about being granted these privileges during this legislative session, it seems this may be a good opportunity for their cause. Rest assured, we are working to have OSRT members present at that hearing to respectfully monitor, listen and offer insight if HB 2267 starts moving toward amendment mode. Stopping SB 801 before it gets started is the best thing we can do.
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