Received this in my work email:
Rep Budak has authored HB 1416 to provide for nursing scholarships. The bill would take some of the money from the current licensing fees for scholarships. There is no chance of this going anywhere as it would take money out of the general fund.
Is there support or opposition to increasing the biennial license renewal fee by $5.00 if that was dedicated to nursing scholarships? The increase fee would them be $55 every two years.
I need to get back to her by Monday. Please feel free to widely distribute this.
Ernest C. Klein, Jr., RN, CAE
Indiana State Nurses Association
2915 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224
317/299-4575 FAX 317/297-3525
web site: www.indiananurses.org
(If this isn't wide distribution, I don't know what is!)
Jan 31, '03
I sent my post to the email address that was listed up there at the top of this thread & just received this reply:
<<Thank you for sending your comments regarding the suggestion to increase the biennial license renewal fee by $5.00 to help fund nursing scholarships in Indiana. I appreciate your time and thoughts and will be forwarding your remarks to Representative Budak. (Rep Budak is the author of this bill - HB 1416 - to provide for nursing scholarships by using funds from increased licensing fees.)
We received a large number of responses to this informal poll - with a clear majority (85 percent) favoring the idea. The Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA) has four lobbyists at the Indiana State House monitoring legislation and regularly meeting with key legislators. In the current session we have identified more than 100 proposed bills that impact nurses. ISNA members, through their dues, support this important initiative to ensure the high standards and interests of the nursing profession are competently represented.
One of the many benefits of ISNA membership is access to weekly status reports about legislation, which may impact nurses, that is currently under consideration. Members also receive valuable behind-the-scenes insights which provide a clearer picture of the twists and turns of activities around the state house.
Visit our website (www.indiananurses.org)
If you are interested in reading about some of the legislative observations we share with ISNA members, please send an email to Gary Abell (mailto: email@example.com) and he'll send you a copy of one of our recent reports.
With a current 100 bills in that states legislature that will affect nurses, it looks like Indiana nurses better get updated on what those bills are & let their state's elected officials hear their opinion on them.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 31, '03