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Legislative Advocacy

The 2019 Legislative session (the first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature) reconvened on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 12:00 noon.

When the Oklahoma Legislature is in session, the AONP legislative team, led by Executive Director, Benny Vanatta, monitors events at the Capitol every day; meeting with legislators and scrutinizing legislation. We fight legislation that would harm NP practice and create and promote bills that advance NP practice in Oklahoma.

During the interim, from June through January, we maintain our vigil by working with legislators and staff on interim studies. Due to the short legislative session, interim studies are necessary, in-depth research of important issues that are conducted by committees to aid the legislators in the upcoming session that begins in February.

Click here to view the Legislative Report that provides details and a status of the bills we are monitoring.

Click here to view our current Legislative events and "Call to Action" campaigns.

Additionally, if you have questions or need information about legislation or the legislative process contact AONP's Executive Director, Benny Vanatta at

Legislative Bills and Updates

February 23, 2019 Update on CS SB839:

It came to the attention of AONP Leadership that Sen. Jason Smalley, the author of SB839, had amended the committee substitute. The new language is not supported by AONP. We respectfully asked Sen. Smalley to change CS SB839 back to the version we had seen previously or withdraw the piece of legislation from the committee meeting agenda on Monday, Feb. 25. At this point, he has agreed to not introduce the bill in committee on Monday.

One provision added, since our last review, would require nurse practitioners working without a collaborative agreement to practice for at least three years in a medically underserved area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration. AONP believes that all nurse practitioners in the state should be regulated in the same manner and not discriminated against because of geography. Another added provision would create a Committee of the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine to license nurse practitioners. This board would have appointees from both the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure. Nurse practitioners follow a nursing model of care and should continue to be regulated by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. This provision adds needless bureaucracy and would only trade one barrier to practice for another.

Because of these changes, we cannot support Sen. Smalley's legislation.

January 2019 Update: 2019 Legislative Session - Senate Bill 839

Good news! AONP has been working with Sen. Smalley to craft a committee substitute for Senate Bill 839 that moves us forward in achieving our legislative goals, and we’re happy to share the results of that work. Please note that the language for SB 839 that appears on the Senate website is not the final version of the bill. That bill will be changed to this committee substitute language when the bill is heard in committee.

October 2018 Update:

Click here to view the Pro-NP candidates in favor of FPA. The list details the legislative candidates who responded to the AONP survey and if their responses were favorable to Full Practice Authority. Incumbents are indicated with an asterisk(*). There may be times where multiple candidates are favorable to AONP. There may be others, both incumbents and candidates, that are favorable to our position but did not respond to our attempts to reach them. We hope you will do your own investigation. Ask us if you have any questions and we will attempt to guide you.

May 2018 Update:

Thank you to the hard work and dedication of state Sen. AJ Griffin and state Rep. Josh Cockroft, for their efforts to pass legislation to enact full practice authority in Oklahoma.

We encourage all NPs and APRNs to be involved in the upcoming elections and make sure that our elected officials understand the importance of full practice authority and how vitally important it is for Oklahomans in need of quality health care providers. As soon as the June 26th primaries are over, AONP will engage with and begin walks for candidates that will support this goal.


Full Practice Authority (FPA) toolkit for NPs

Resources for NPs - Below you will find the FPA toolkit for NPs

What is FPA: An overview

SB839 AARP-AFP letter

SB839 Infographic

SoonerPoll- Oklahomans favor NPs

Public speaking guide

FPA powerpoint presentation to use at speaking events

Tips for contacting your Legislator

FPA talking points

FPA Infographic 

Media flier to give patients, who are willing to talk about the benefits of NPs.

For promoting HB1013 to Oklahoma Senators, the list of House members supporting HB1013.

2019 Legislative Day

Thanks to your support we had a great day at the State Capitol during AONP’s Legislative Day 2019!

2019 Legislative Nurse of the Day

The Nurse of the Day program, sponsored by the Oklahoma Nurses Association (ONA), gives Nurse Practitioners an opportunity to bring advanced practice nursing to the policy makers, and provides an opportunity for NPs to learn more about the legislative process.

During the legislative session, many professional associations are trying to get legislators to take notice of their views. The Nurse of the Day program provides visibility and an opportunity for NP voices to be heard.

Click here for more information: Oklahoma Nurses Association’s Nurse of the Day program.


AONP Legislative Victories

Click here to read about some of our legislative successes!

Find Your State and Federal Legislative Members

Do you need to contact your state and federal officials, but not sure who they are? Find your legislator here →

Federal/Congressional Alerts and Updates

Check the latest federal/congressional alerts and updates.  View all

Oklahoma Nurse Practitioners Political Action Committee

AONP PAC is the non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC) that supports, protects and promotes nurse practitioners throughout the Oklahoma legislative process.

Your voluntary, personal contributions to AONP's PAC have had tremendous impact on several key issues affecting nurse practitioners by raising awareness and educating legislators on the importance of nurse practitioners and their role in the future of health care.

All AONP-PAC funding is provided by donations from AONP members and friends.

Keeping AONP strong in Oklahoma takes the financial support of its members. Please consider donating today!

To support AONP's political efforts, you may send a check to:
1611 N. Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103

You may also click here to make a one-time or recurring donation online.

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