While there are no scope of practice bills on any agenda for this week (yet), some issues could be heard the week of February 8th. We hope to get a clearer picture soon regarding how these scope of practice issues will be handled in committee. Please keep a look out for our emails and sign up for our text alerts by texting “arkmed” to 50457. (We will only send messages when there are urgent issues that need your attention).
AMS also sends weekly emails with information about the most important bills coming up, including a synopsis of that the bill will do and talking points from our viewpoint. To receive these updates, make sure your membership and email address is updated in our system. Click here to join or renew your membership.
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Bills We’re Watching
- HB 1215 by Rep. Mary Bentley (Sherwood): Removes consulting physician from certified nurse midwives.
- HB1198 by Rep. Penzo (Springdale): CRNA independence bill changes physician “supervision” to “consultation.”
- HB1246 by Rep. Bragg (Sheridan)/ SB 176 by Rep. Wallace (Leachville): Allows pharmacists to treat certain health conditions.
- SB 186 by Sen. Hammer (Benton): Allows APRN independent practice with full Schedule II prescribing
How can I contact my legislator?
When reaching out to legislators, remember to be brief and polite. Identify yourself as a physician in their district and ask vote no on an issue. Use the links below to look up members of the Public Health Committees of the House and Senate, or click here to locate your legislator.
- Contact List of House Public Health Committee Members.
- Contact List of Senate Public Health Committee Members.
You may also call the Capitol and leave a short message for your representative or senator:
- House of Representatives – (501) 682-6211 – www.arkansashouse.org
- Senate – (501) 682-2902 – www.arkansas.gov/senate
What do I say when I talk to my legislator?
Sample communication: This is Dr. Smith and I live in (town or district). I would like to talk to you about why I oppose (or support) the bill on (name of issue or bill number). Please call me back at (leaving your cell phone number is best).
When the legislator returns your call, politely and briefly explain why you are opposed or support the bill you referenced in your voice mail, also provide one or two real-world examples of how the bill would personally effect you and your patients if the bill were to pass or fail. Be persistent while being polite.
For other tips on communicating with your legislator, download our Toolkit.