2009-2010

MNA Approved Bills 2009-2010

A new legislative session began on January 7, 2009.  Below is a list of bills filed by the MNA, along with their key sponsors.  These bills are still being entered by the House and Senate Clerks and do not yet have numbers assigned.  This information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Archived Agendas

A Bill Relative to Patient Safety (HB3912/SB890)
Rep. Canavan/Sen. Pacheco
The MNA’s most important legislative priority, this bill would require the Department of Public Health to set a limit on the number of hospital patients a nurse is forced to care for at one time.

An Act Providing for Safe Patient Handling (HB2026/SB803)
Rep. Callahan/Sen. Chandler
This bill would set acceptable standards for the lifting and handling of patients to curb the high rate of injuries incurred by RNs doing such activities.

An Act Requiring Health Care Employers to Develop and Implement Programs to Prevent Workplace Violence (SB988)
Rep. Costello/Sen. Timilty
This bill would require health care employers to annually perform a risk assessment and, based on those findings, develop and implement programs to minimize the danger of workplace violence to employees.

An Act Relative to Assault and Battery on Health Care Providers (HB1696/SB1753)
Rep. Rodrigues/Sen. M. Moore
This legislation would enhance penalties for patients/clients who assault nurses treating, transporting or otherwise performing health care responsibilities.

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An Act Relative to a Patient's Report Card of Nursing (HB2123)
Rep. Moran
This legislation would require hospitals, nursing homes, clinics etc. to report data, including but not limited to:  measures of the severity of patient illness, readmission rates, lengths-of-stay, patient/family satisfaction, indicators of the nature and amount of nursing care directly provided by licensed nurses, the number of patients on average cared for by a nurse, and documentation of defined nursing interventions and patient safety measures. This would enable purchasers of group health insurance policies and health care services and the public to make meaningful financial and quality of care comparisons.

An Act to Ensure Safe Medication Administration (SB888)
Sen. Pacheco
This legislation would prohibit unlicensed personnel from distributing medications for which they have not received sufficient education and training as approved by the state.

An Act Relative to Improvements in Private Duty Nursing Care for Developmentally Disabled Children (SB79)
Sen. Tolman
This legislation would provide expert nursing care to all developmentally disabled children eligible to receive private duty nursing care.

An Act Relative to a Nurse Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Public Health (HB3591)
Rep. Callahan
This legislation would direct the Department of Public Health to appoint a Registered Nurse to be Nurse Deputy Commissioner responsible for statewide planning, policy development and the coordination, communication and resource management for programs and district health officers within the department.

An Act Relative to a Registered Nurse Seat on the Public Health Council (HB2032)
Rep. Canessa
This legislation would add an additional seat on the Public Health Council for a registered nurse from the state's largest organization of registered nurses.

An Act Relative to Group 4 for Health Care Professionals (SB1087)
Sen. Joyce
This legislation would include in group 4, for purposes of retirement, state employees whose duties require them to be licensed health care professionals for ten or more years who care for prisoners, the mentally ill, mentally retarded, chronically psychologically impaired or those with chronic infectious disease.

An Act Relative to Group 2 Employees (HB2481)
Rep. Kane
This legislation would include in group 2, for purposes of retirement, state employees who care for the mentally ill, mentally retarded, chronically psychologically impaired or those with chronic infectious disease.

An Act Related to Interest Arbitration for Health Care Professionals (SB1120)
Sen. McGee
This legislation would make arbitration for a bargaining unit employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts binding, provided that the scope is limited to wages, hours and conditions of employment.

An Act to Include Certain Municipal Employees of the Commonwealth in Group 2 of the Contributory Retirement System for Public Employees (HB2623)
Rep. Toomey
This legislation would entail classifying licensed nursing care employees of cities and towns in group 2 of the Public Employees Retirement System.

An Act Regarding Insurance Equity for Registered Nurse First Assistants (house bill number not assigned)
Rep. Linsky
This legislation would require insurance coverage for registered nurse first assistant services in insurance policies and health service contracts issued in the Commonwealth.

An Act Relative to Creating a Difficult to Manage Unit within the Department of Mental Health (HB1931)
Rep. Haddad
This legislation would create a "Difficult to Manage" unit for women within the Department of Mental Health and reinstate the "Difficult to Manage" unit for men.

An Act Authorizing the Sale of "RN" Distinctive Registration Plates (SB1914)
Sen. Flanagan
This legislation would direct the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive license plates whose proceeds would establish a fund for the future of nursing.

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