Smallwood Nurse Mobility Bill is First To Cross the Finish Line

Denver -- Whether it counts as a new world record no one can say for sure. But the speed with which Senator Jim Smallwood's SB-27 flew through the Statehouse sent heads spinning, by showed how quickly lawmakers can move when they absolutely must.

When signed by the Governor, Smallwood's bill will include Colorado nurses in a 25-state information-sharing compact, aimed at speeding background checks and improving their ability to work across state lines. Colorado faced a January 19th deadline for joining the compact, which is why speed was of the essence on the bill.

“Nurses are the unsung heroes of our medical community, and this legislation allows those licensed in the State of Colorado to practice outside of our state without the need for redundant, costly, and unnecessary licenses in other states,” said the Republican from Parker. “SB-27 will facilitate telehealth nursing services, online education, and will even allow our nurses to assist other states in times of natural disaster.”

Senate President Kevin J. Grantham (R-Canon City) also credited Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County) for putting the bill on the legislative fast track, ensuring that it would clear the Senate in record time. And he held up the bill's swift passage as another example of how the US Congress and Colorado General Assembly differ in their approaches.

"We faced a very tight deadline but we got it done,” said Grantham. “I am optimistic that we’ll be able to say that many times in the 2018 legislative session, as we go to bat for the people of Colorado.”



Please direct any media inquires to Sean Paige at 719-337-0355

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