Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lawmakers Seek to Allow Kids to Perform in Bars

Republican Lawmakers Dan Knodl, Scott Gunderson, Neal Kedzie, and Dale Schultz have joined forces with Democratic Senator Lena Taylor to propose legislation (SB- 295) that would permit minor children to present musical entertainment or perform in a theatrical performance in a roadhouse, night club, tavern or other venues up to 9pm on school nights and 10pm when there is no school the next day.  Present law generally prohibits “the employment or appearance of any minor in a roadhouse, cabaret, dance hall, night club, tavern, or other similar place.”  This legislation would change that and allow kids to perform in bars.
You can read SB-295 using the following link:

A public hearing on SB-295 is being held Wednesday, March 31st at 10:10am in Room 411 South in the State Capitol.  This Bill is in the Committee on Children and Families and Workforce Development.  This Committee will vote on SB-295 following the Public Hearing.  You may have your voice heard by contacting the following Committee Members:

Sen. Robert Jauch, Chair – 1-800-469-6562
Sen. Julie Lassa – 1-800-925-7491
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout – 1-877-763-6636
Sen. Neal Kedzie – 1-800-578-1457
Sen. Randy Hopper – 1-888-736-8720

You may also contact your own Legislators using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800- 362-9472. 

Amendment Offered to Remove Offensive Language in AB-828

On March 29, 2010 an amendment has been drafted to un-do a provision in AB-828 which would have allowed an advanced practice nurse prescriber the ability to examine, diagnose and treat a minor with a sexually transmitted disease without obtaining the parent’s or guardian’s consent..  A copy of Amendment 1 to AB-828 can be read here:
No doubt this Amendment came about because people became informed and contacted legislators with their concerns.  The Public Hearing is at 1:00pm today. You may continue to express your views on AB-828 and the proposed Amendment at the numbers listed below.  

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Public Hearing Alert: Legislation Allows Nurses to Treat Children with STD’s Without Parental Knowledge

Another piece of legislation is on a fast track for passage.  Assembly Bill 828 (AB- 828) was introduced on March 9th impacting nurses.  Of concern to many comes under a section entitled, “Health Care” (Page 2).  In this section it says:

“The bill allows an advanced practice nurse prescriber to examine, diagnose, and treat a minor with a sexually transmitted disease without obtaining the parent’s or guardian’s consent and relieves the advanced practice nurse prescriber from civil liability for not having that consent.”  (Bolded emphasis added)

While parents give written consent for a school to give Tylenol to their children, the above would allow an advanced practice nurse (even in schools) to examine and treat a child with a STD without the parents even knowing and then removing them from any civil liability for that treatment.

A public hearing on AB-828 will be held Tuesday, March 30th at 1:00pm in room 328 Northwest of the State Capitol.  This public hearing is before the Assembly Committee on Public Health.  To have your views heard you may attend this public hearing and may also contact the following Committee members:

Rep. Chuck Benedict, Chair – 1-888-534-0045
Rep. Sandy Pasch, Vice-Chair – 1-888-534-0022
Rep. Kristen Dexter – 1-888-534-0068
Rep. Penny Bernard-Schaber – 1-888-534-0057
Rep. Patricia Strachota – 1-888-534-0058
Rep. Leah Vukmir – 1-888-534-0014
Rep. Scott Newcomer – 1-888-529-0033

Constituents may also contact their own legislators through the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.