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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill H.1284 192nd (2021 - 2022)

An Act relative to nurse licensure compact in Massachusetts

By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1284) of Kay Khan, Colleen M. Garry and Joseph D. McKenna relative to participation in the national nurse licensure compact agreement. Health Care Financing.

Bill Information

Kay Khan
Referred to Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to Whereas, The health and safety of the public are affected by the degree of compliance with and the effectiveness of enforcement activities related to state nurse licensure laws; Whereas, Violations of nurse licensure and other laws regulating the practice of nursing may result in injury or harm to the public; Whereas, The expanded mobility of nurses and the use of advanced communication technologies as part of our nation’s health care delivery system require greater coordination and cooperation among states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation; Whereas, New practice modalities and technology make compliance with individual state nurse licensure laws difficult and complex; Whereas, The current system of duplicative licensure for nurses practicing in multiple states is cumbersome and redundant for both nurses and states; and Whereas, Uniformity of nurse licensure requirements throughout the states promotes public safety and public health benefits. The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purposes, which are to facilitate the states’ responsibility to protect the public’s health and safety, ensure and encourage the cooperation of party states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation; facilitate the exchange of information between party states in the areas of nurse regulation, investigation and adverse actions, promote compliance with the laws governing the practice of nursing in each jurisdiction, invest all party states with the authority to hold a nurse accountable for meeting all state practice laws in the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered through the mutual recognition of party state licenses, decrease redundancies in the consideration and issuance of nurse licenses, and provide opportunities for interstate practice by nurses who meet uniform licensure requirements, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.


Name District/Address
Kay Khan 11th Middlesex
Colleen M. Garry 36th Middlesex
Joseph D. McKenna 18th Worcester
David M. Rogers 24th Middlesex
Adam J. Scanlon 14th Bristol
Jason M. Lewis Fifth Middlesex
Joan B. Lovely Second Essex

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