Health Committee approves bill to give nurses authority to sign medical documents

February 15, 2018

By Brandon Moseley 
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Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee approved a bill, Senate 46, which would allow nurse practitioners to sign many documents that currently can only be signed by a physician.

The President of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) Dr. Rebecca Huie wrote, “The Alabama State Nurses Association applauds Senate Bill 46, which unanimously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today.  The Bill grants Nurse Practitioners signing authority on certain medical documents that previously could only be signed by a physician.   Since NP’s are trained in these areas and work in collaborative practice with a physician, the Bill will help thousands of patients have easier access to care and reception of needed authorization forms.  ASNA has worked with the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and other medical advocacy groups to diminish clinical and administrative bottlenecks that have placed unnecessary burdens on providers and patients.”

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Senate Health Committee approves bill requiring restaurants to secure grease traps

February 8, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee voted to give a favorable report to legislation requiring restaurants and other commercial food service establishments to securely cover their grease traps to prevent unauthorized access.  Senate Bill 258 today is sponsored by state Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn.

Sadly, this legislation was introduced in response to the tragic death of three-year-old Sadie Grace Andrews. In Oct. 2017, Sadie drowned in a 6-foot deep grease trap outside of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream on East University Drive in Auburn.

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Senate Health Committee narrowly approves needle exchange program for addicts

January 25, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Senate Health Committee narrowly approved a bill establishing a pilot program to provide intravenous drug users with free needles and syringes in an effort to limit the spread of hepatitis and prevent an outbreak of HIV among the growing drug user community.

Senate Bill 169 was sponsored by Senator Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro.

The pilot program would be administered by the Department of Public Health and local health authorities.  SB169 would also offer some limited criminal immunity to participants in the program.

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McClendon announces he will run for re-election to State Senate

August 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, August 28, 2017, State Senator Jim McClendon, R-Springville, announced that he will seek a second term in the Alabama Senate. McClendon was elected to the seat in 2014.

Sen, McClendon represents Senate District 11, which covers portions of Shelby, St. Clair and Talladega counties.

McClendon said in a statement, “I’ll support legislation that helps small businesses grow and create good-paying jobs.”

McClendon added, “I want to focus on making the lives of hardworking Alabama families better, and I’ll continue my efforts to fight for the conservative values we all share.”

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Health Committee gives favorable report to Drug Paraphernalia Bill

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to allow non-profits to participate in a controversial program to give free drug paraphernalia to drug users to slow the spread of AIDS.

House Bill 455 is sponsored by State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia). Rep. Williams said that the nonprofits involved would provide counseling services for IV drug users. Part of that would include giving users clean needles.
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Autism bill carried over

February 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Alabama Senate Health Committee voted to carry over a bill that would have provided funding for early intervention in Autism cases.

SB57 is sponsored by State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa). Sen. Allen said that the bill would have provided for families with autistic children.

Last year the Governor formed a study group that met for 8 months. Other states have insurance for families with Autism. Early intervention is a key in treating Autism. Sen. Cam Ward has a daughter with autism who received early intervention and she is fine. My great nephew is a non-performing autisitic person. Early intervention did not take place.
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Non-prescription eyeglass bill gets favorable report

February 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the Senate Health Committee voted nine to zero to give a favorable report to SB21, which bans that sale of certain over the counter eyeglass without a prescription. “For the purposes of this act, over-the-counter spectacles means nonprescription ready-to-war magnifying spectacles or glasses that contain spherical convex lenses, uniform in each meridian, which ae encased in eyeglass frames and intended to ameliorate the symptoms of presbyopia. The lenses in over-the-counter spectacles may not have a minus power and may not exceed plus three and one-half diptera.” The sale of over-the-counter eyeglasses that do not meet that definition would be illegal without a prescription.
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Planned Parenthood Rallies to Stop Pro-Life Legislation

May 21, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 20, Planned Parenthood led dozens of protestors in front of the Alabama State Capital to protest pending Pro-Life legislation being considered by the Alabama legislature.   

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Helen Cox wrote in a statement, “Since the Alabama legislative session began in mid-March, the attack on Alabama’s women and families has been relentless. Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates is fighting back alongside supporters, volunteers, and partners to ensure their voices are heard.”
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Pro-Life Bills Get Favorable Report

May 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 6, the Alabama House of Representatives Health Committee gave a favorable report to a package of bills aimed at regulating abortions in the State of Alabama. The committee approved HB405, HB491, and HB527 in the House.

Alabama Citizens for Life Spokeswoman Cheryl Ciamarra told the Alabama Political Reporter, “Alabama citizens for life would like to see a ban on dismemberment abortions like Kansas signed into law, a limit on licensing abortion providers within 2000 feet of schools (many fear ACA will lead to Planned Parenthood eventually running clinics inside schools in Alabama) and a total ban on any type of abortions if fetal heartbeat can be detected: HB 405.”
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Health and Human Services Subcommittee Passes HB56

April 16, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 15 House Bill 56 passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Subcommittee following a public hearing with a favorable report. The subcommittee is chaired by Senator Jim McClendon (R from Springville).

HB56 is sponsored by State Representative Jim Hill (R from Odenville).  Rep. Hill said that the bill which passed the house in essence gives certain persons who are authorized to perform marriages in Alabama the right to decline on a cases by case basis.  “This gives the person who performs the ceremony the right to say yes or no.”
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