Press Release on Veto of HB4042
On December 30, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed HB 4042, the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact legislation (NLC). Had the bill been enacted into law, Michigan would have joined 34 other states that have already adopted the compact legislation. The veto is a first, as no other Governor to-date has vetoed this type of legislation.
Failure to have this legislation passed in Michigan is unfortunate for nurses and Michigan residents and their ability to have additional resources to access health care. The NLC increases access to care, protects patient safety, and reduces costs while supporting state-of-the-art health care delivery for today and the future. The NLC allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice in their home state and other NLC states without obtaining additional licenses.
ANA-Michigan President Julia Stocker Schneider, Ph.D., RN, CNL, stated, “We are disappointed that Michigan will not be joining the enhanced nurse licensure compact at this time. Participation in the compact would have been particularly helpful during the current COVID pandemic, as it would support needed nurse staffing in Michigan while requiring that nurses practicing in Michigan via the compact are meeting licensure standards in our state.”
Where do we go from here? A new legislative session will be convening in Lansing on Wednesday, January 13. Nurse Licensure Compact legislation will need to be reintroduced this session and go through the legislative process again. Although the legislative process requires multiple steps, including identifying a bill sponsor, committee testimony, and votes by both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate, it also provides ANA-MI members a renewed opportunity to educate legislators and the Governor’s office about the many benefits the NLC affords Michigan residents and Michigan nurses.
We look forward to activating our members on this critical legislation and will keep you apprised of developments and opportunities to engage with lawmakers.