2018 Legislation

The purpose of ANA\C’s public policy agenda is to advance the profession of nursing and assure that all Californians have access to safe, timely, appropriate and high quality health care, including access to professional nursing care. ANA\C works to achieve these goals through health policy strategies developed by our Board of Directors with input from our membership.

The ANA\C legislative team regularly reviews bills, monitors legislation and regulations, establishes legislative positions and communicates with legislators, Capitol staff, coalition partners and other appropriate regulatory agencies and key stakeholders. When assessing legislation and its impact on nursing, health care and our patients and communities, ANA\C will adopt a position regarding specific bills: Support, Oppose or Watch. As these bills move through the process, that position may change. Once, important legislation is identified, ANA\C regularly tracks these bills and provides updates to our members.

This webpage describes legislation important to RNs in California. Information about these bills and others that are introduced during this legislative session will be frequently updated as ANA\C continues to represent the voice of nursing in California’s public policy arena. If you have comments or questions, email us at: legislation@anacalifornia.org

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AB 827 - Rubio (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee

Task Force: Foreign-Trained Professionals

Creates the California Opportunity Act to require the Department of Consumer Affairs to create a task force to study and write a report of its findings and recommendations regarding the licensing of foreign-trained professionals with the goal of integrated them into the state's workforce. Requires the task force to hold open meetings at least once each calendar quarter.

AB 1795 - Gipson (D)

Status: Assembly Health Committee

Emergency Medical Services: Community Care Facilities

Authorizes a local emergency medical services agency to submit, as part of its emergency services plan, a plan to transport specified patients to a community care facility in lieu of transportation to a general acute care hospital.

AB 1998 - Rodriguez (D)

Status: Assembly Health Committee

Opioids: Prescription Limitations

Prohibits a practitioner from prescribing an opioid in an amount greater than the patient needs for a 3-day period unless the practitioner believes, in his or her professional judgment, that a larger prescription is needed to treat a medical condition or that a larger prescription is necessary for the treatment of chronic pain.

AB 2010 - Chau (D)

Status: Assembly Public Safety Committee

Juvenile Facilities: Chemical Agents

Prohibits an officer or employee of a juvenile facility from possessing any chemical agent in a juvenile facility. Allows pepper spray to be used in a juvenile facility as a last resort when necessary to suppress a riot when authorized by a juvenile facility administrator or designee.

AB 2140 - Maienschein (R)

Status: Assembly Health Committee

Home Health Agencies: Waiver Program: Nurses

Requires the State Department of Public Health, to begin collaborating with stakeholders to create a waiver program, to permit home health agencies to obtain a waiver of the one year prior professional nursing requirements imposed by the department in regulation.

AB 2315 - Quirk-Silva (D)

Status: Assembly Education Committee

Pupil Health: Health Care: Telehealth Services

Authorizes a school district maintaining Kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to partner with a health care provider to provide telehealth services to pupils at schools of the school district.

AB 2405 - Patterson (R)

Status: Assembly Public Safety Committee

Controlled Substances: Carfentanil

Classifies carfentanil, an opiate, in Schedule II. Punishes the possession, sale, or purchase for sale of carfentanil by imprisonment in a county jail for 6, 7, or 8 years, the transportation, importation, sale, furnishing, administering, or giving away of cerfentanil by imprisonment in a county jail for 9, 10, or 11 years, and the trafficking of carfentanil by imprisonment in a county jail for 9, 12, or 15 years.

AB 2682 - Burke (D)

Status: Assembly Business and Professions Committee


Authorizes a nurse midwife to practice in a variety of settings without supervision by a physician and surgeon subject to certain situations requiring consultation or comanagement with, or referral or transfer to, a physician and surgeon. Requires all emergencies to be referred to a physician and surgeon immediately.

AB 2759 - Santiago (D)

Status: Assembly Health and Business and Professions Committees

Clinics and Health Facilities: Nurses

Prohibits clinics and health facilities that receive public funds from excluding students enrolled in a public community college associate degree prelicensure nursing program from clinical placement slots if the program has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, as specified. Prohibits clinics and health facilities from discriminating against a person because he or she completed an associate degree nursing program instead of a baccalaureate degree nursing program.

AB 2760 - Wood (D)

Status: Assembly Business and Professions Committee

Prescription Drugs: Naloxone Hydrochloride

Requires a prescriber, as defined, to prescribe naloxone hydrochloride for patients when certain conditions are present and to provide specified education to those patients and their household. Makes a violation of the bill's provisions unprofessional conduct and would subject the prescriber to discipline by the California State Board of Pharmacy charged with regulating his or her license.

AB 2850 - Rubio (D)

Status: Assembly Health Committee

Nurse Assistant Training Programs: Geriatric Medication Technicians

Includes a geriatric medication technician, as defined, within the category of certified nurse assistant.



SB 984 - Skinner (D)

Status: Senate Governmental Organization Committee

State Boards and Commissions: Representation: Women

Requires the composition of state boards and commissions to be comprised of, at a minimum, 50 percent women. Requires the Secretary of State to disclose on its Internet Website the gender composition of each state board and commission.

SB 1127 - Hill (D)

Status: Senate Education Committee

Pupil Health: Administration Of Medicinal Cannabis: Schoolsites

Authorizes the governing board of a school district, a county board of education, or the governing body of a charter school maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to adopt, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the governing board or body, a policy that allows a parent or guardian to possess and administer to a pupil who is a qualified patient entitled to the protections of the act medicinal cannabis, excluding in a smokable or vapeable form, at the schoolsite.

SB 1152 - Hernandez (D)

Status: Senate Health Committee

Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients

Requires health facilities regulated by the State Department of Public Health to include within the hospital discharge policy, a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and process. Requires the health facilities to develop a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients including procedures for homeless patient discharge referrals, designated liaisons at each participating entity, and coordination protocols.

SB 1288 - Leyva (D)

Status: Senate Health Committee

Health and Care Facilities: Inspections

Requires state periodic inspections of the of health facilities to include reviews of compliance with the nurse-to-patient ratios and staff assignment regulations. Requires the State Department of Public Health to ensure that these inspections are not announced in advance of the date of inspections.

SB 1474 - Hill (D)

Status: Senate Health Committee

Anatomical Gifts

Amends the Uniform Anatomical Gift act. Authorizes an anatomical gift to be made to a school of nursing approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.