Legislative Day Leads to House Success
We’ve cleared the next hurdle on the track to full practice authority! HB 1013 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on March 1 by a 72-20 margin. That success was due in no small part to your hard work and all those who made the time to visit legislators during our annual Legislative Day at the Capitol. Thank you!
On Feb. 14, several dozen NPs and APRNs attended and engaged with legislators to explain and advocate for this legislation. Attendees heard from speakers including Sen. AJ Griffin, who is the Senate author of House Bill 1013. AONP President Toni Pratt-Reid and AONP Executive Director Benny Vanatta shared an update of our progress and the status of HB 1013.
We also heard from Mary Overall, a member of AARP Oklahoma’s Executive Council and a retired registered nurse and former CEO for Central Oklahoma Carelink, who noted, “The role of the advanced practice nurse is important. You are a leader and an advocate in seeing that Oklahomans get the care that they need.” The AARP also had several volunteers out talking to legislators and supporting the measure.
Our legislative day at the Capitol garnered news coverage on both Oklahoma City and Tulsa TV stations, and the day was covered in newspapers across the state. We are hopeful that this momentum will continue to grow as the legislative session continues this spring!
Don’t let up because there is still work to be done. Our attention now turns to the state Senate. If you haven’t yet spoken with your state senators, take some time to engage today. Our blog about preparing for the legislative session includes tips for connecting with your legislators and information about other AONP resources to utilize. When you call their office, be sure to request a return call and offer to answer questions or address any concerns. We hope you will continue to advocate for increased access to health care for all Oklahomans!