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: [email protected]

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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 992 - Arambula (D)

Status: Senate Human Services Committee
ANA\C Position: Support

CalWORKs: Baby Wellness and Family Support

Establishes the Baby Wellness and Family Support Home Visiting Program to require the State Department of Social Services to allocate funds to counties to provide voluntary home visiting programs. Authorizes the funds to be used to coordinate early home visiting services with diaper bank services. Requires the Department to develop and disseminate an informing notice to ensure that all assistance units, as specified, are aware of the program and their ability to participate.


AB 1795 - Gipson (D)

Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

Emergency Medical Services: Behavioral Health Facility

Authorizes a local emergency medical services agency to submit, as part of its emergency medical services plan, a plan to transport specified patients who meet triage criteria to a behavioral health facility or a sobering center. Authorizes a city or county to designate, and contract with, a sobering center to receive patients and establishes sobering center standards.

AB 1998 - Rodriguez (D)

Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

Opioids: Safe Prescribing Protocol

Requires every health care practitioner authorized to prescribe certain opioids to adopt a safe prescribing protocol. Requires the practitioner to note the reason the protocol was not followed if adherence is not appropriate for a patient's condition. Makes the failure to develop or adhere to the protocol unprofessional conduct and enforceable by the practitioner's licensing board.

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 Appropriations Committee

Pupil Health: Mental Health Services: Telehealth 

Requires the State Department of Education to develop guidelines for the use of telehealth technology in public schools, including charter schools, to provide mental health and behavioral health services to pupils on school campuses on or before a certain date. Requires the Department to post the guidelines on its website on or before that same date.

AB 2405 - Patterson (R)

Status: Failed in Assembly 

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 Appropriations Committee
ANA\C Position: Support


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: Author pulled the bill from Committee
ANA\C Position: Oppose

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 Third Reading File

Prescription Drugs: Naloxone Hydrochloride

Requires a prescriber to offer a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist to a patient when certain conditions are present and to provide education on overdose prevention and the use of naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist to the patient and specified others. Makes a violation of the bill's provisions unprofessional conduct and subjects the prescriber to discipline by the board charged with regulating his or her license.

AB 2850 - Rubio (D)

Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee

Nurse Assistant Training Programs: Distance Learning

Authorizes the required classroom training hours to be offered through online or distance learning classes approved by the State Department of Public Health.



SB 974 - Lara (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee

Medi-Cal: Immigration Status: Adults

Extends eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals of all ages who are otherwise eligible for those benefits but for their immigration status.

SB 984 - Skinner (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee

State Boards and Commissions: Representation: Women

Requires the composition of each appointed state board and commission to have a specified number of women directors based on the number of board or commission members. Requires the office of the Governor to collect and release aggregated demographic data provided by state board and commission applicants, nominees, and appointees.


SB 1023 - Hernandez (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee 
ANA\C Position: Support

Reproductive Health Care Coverage

Amends existing law relating to the practice of telehealth. Clarifies that health service plans, health insurers, and MediCal managed care plans may cover sexual and reproductive health services provided appropriately through telehealth. Amends existing law relating to the Family PACT Program. Requires the Program to cover services through direct video and telephonic communications or through a smart phone app.


SB 1127 - Hill (D)

Status: Passed Senate - To Assembly

Pupil Health: Administration Of Medicinal Cannabis

Enacts Jojo's Act which authorizes the governing board of a school district, a county board of education, or the governing body of a charter school maintaining grades kindergarten through 12, to adopt, at a regularly scheduled meeting, 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 Compassionate Use Act of 1996 medicinal cannabis, excluding in a smokable or vapeable form, at the schoolsite.


SB 1138 - Skinner (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee: To Suspense File

Food Options: Plant-based Meals

Requires licensed general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities, special hospitals, and nursing facilities to make available wholesome, plant-based meals of such variety as to meet the needs of patients in accordance with their physicians' orders. Requires the food provided to inmates to include the availability of plant-based meals.


SB 1152 - Hernandez (D)

Status: Senate Third Reading File

Hospital Patient Discharge Process: Homeless Patients

Requires health facilities, regulated by the Department of Public Health, to include within the hospital discharge policy a written homeless patient discharge planning policy and process. Requires health facilities to develop and annually update a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients, including homeless patient discharge referrals to shelters, medical care, and mental health care. Requires a hospital to identify the needs of the homeless population it serves.

SB 1288 - Leyva (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee
ANA\C Position: Support

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 1480 - Hill (D)

Status: Senate Appropriations Committee 

Professions and Vocations

Makes technical changes to the Department of Consumer Affairs. Requires the director to amend guidelines to include the category of allegations of serious harm to a minor. Authorizes the renewal of expired statements of licensure, branch office licenses, and fictitious name permits by filing an application for renewal and paying renewal and delinquency fees prescribed by the board.