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MNNP Legislative Announcements 


Below is a summary from Maureen O'Connell regarding the joint efforts with APRN Coalition on legislation that applies to nurse practitioners in Minnesota


APRN Cleanup (Kiffmeyer SF 2917, Zerwas HF 3367) and Emergency Prescription for Eye Glasses ( Zerwas HF 2746, Kiffmeyer SF 3318)

The APRN cleanup bill which revises outdated statutes was amended onto the Emergency Prescription for Eye Glasses bill on the Senate floor and passed on a unanimous vote.  It was signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 16, 2018.  You can see a summary of the final bill here.


APRN Compact (Kiffmeyer SF 2976, Schomacker HF 3322)

The APRN compact bills were introduced but did not get a hearing because MMA and the pain doctors had problems with the compact. The doctors maintain that the Compact as drafted requires that the APRN’s home state practice requirements control versus the remote state. MMA has problems with this concept because it means the 2000 hours threshold for NPs and the pain rules for CRNAs wouldn’t apply. 


RN Compact

The RN Compact passed the House but died in conference committee. It was not included in the Supplemental Budget Bill that the Governor vetoed.


Opiate Advisory Council (Rosen SF 730, Baker HF 1440)

The Opiate Advisory Council was part of the major opioid bills (Penny a Pill) that stalled due to disagreements over how to fund the bills.   A scaled back version of the bill including the Senate language on the Advisory Council which did not include an APRN as a member was included in the Omnibus Supplemental bill which Governor Dayton vetoed.


Pharmacists Prescribing Tobacco cessation etc… (Jensen SF 3015, Petersen HF 2962) and Pharmacy Medication Administration bills.

These bills did not pass.


Supplemental Budget Bill Vetoed by Governor Dayton

In addition to the Opioid Advisory Council the Supplemental Budget bill also contained two other provisions MNNP was monitoring:

·       A provision mandating prescribers take 2 hours of CE on how to prescribe opiates

·       A provision that would have limited the number of days for opioid prescriptions.   

These provisions did not become law because of the veto.




MNNP would like to thank the APRN Coalition for partnering with us to support this very important legislation. 

About Maureen O’Connell: MNNP's Political Lobbyist
Maureen O’Connell is an attorney who started her own consulting firm O’Connell Consulting, LLC in October, 2013. She is a policy and government relations consultant on health care and economic justice issues for a variety of nonprofit organizations including AARP, American Massage Therapy Association-Minnesota Chapter-Minnesota Chapter, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Minnesota APRN Coalition and TakeAction Minnesota. She is also the co-founder of Health Access MN, a MNsure partner and navigator agency, providing health care outreach and enrollment assistance to individuals accessing health insurance coverage though Minnesota's online marketplace. She was a Legal Aid attorney for over twenty years and served as the Assistant Commissioner - Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services from 2010-2012.


APRN Coalition:

As a small and growing organization, MNNP relies on our partnership with the Minnesota APRN Coalition to jointly work towards full access to APRN care for all Minnesota Citizens. To that end, MNNP recommends that all nurse practitioner members also consider joining and supporting the Minnesota APRN Coalition. We will share the APRN Coalition updates and political action alerts with you through the MNNP webpage and emails.  To explore the mission and work of the Coalition, click here. 




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