State Senate Passes CNA Training Hour, Nurse Battery Legislation

The State Senate was in session November 5 for what was likely their last floor day in 2019. The State Assembly will be in session later this week and then potentially again on November 12.  The next scheduled floor period is in January 2020.

The Senate passed several bills of interest to WPSA. They are:

Harm to a Nurse/Health Care Worker: The Senate voted unanimously on a voice vote to pass Senate Bill 163, which makes it a felony to commit battery against a licensed registered nurse (RN), a licensed practical nurse (LPN), or an individual working under the supervision of an RN or LPN.  An amendment adopted by the Senate also expands the current law penalty enhancer that makes it a felony to commit or threaten battery to an emergency department employee to include health care providers who work anywhere in a hospital (not just the emergency room). This bill still needs to be approved by the Assembly before it can be signed into law.

CNA Training Hours: The Senate voted on a voice vote to pass Assembly Bill 76, which reduces the required training hours for CNAs from 120 instructional hours and 32 clinical hours to the federal standard of 75 instructional hours and 16 clinical hours. This bill has already been passed by the Assembly, so it now heads to the Governor’s desk. The Governor can either sign the bill into law or veto it.