Legislative Issues

2022 TNAFP Legislative Bills of Interest

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0176

SB0176 (Lundberg)/HB0184 (Ramsey) – Nurses, Nursing – As introduced, makes various changes to the licensing of and prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 49; Title 53; Title 55; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71. *NP Independent Practice Bill

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0568

SB0568(Johnson)/HB0702(Lamberth) – Health Care – As introduced, increases from 30 to 45 days the time within which a person issued a certificate of registration by the division of health related boards must notify the division of a change of address to receive a duplicate registration certificate. – Amends TCA Title 33; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71. *Caption Bill – prohibits a covered entity from limiting access to organ transplant solely on the basis of whether an individual has received or will receive a COVID-19 vaccine

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1749

SB1749 (Reeves)/HB1686 (Williams) – Health Care – As introduced, establishes a respite care pilot program for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 71. *TNAFP Supports

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1810

SB1810 (Jackson)/HB1762 (Gant) – Health Care – As introduced, permits advanced practice nurses and physician assistants who are prescribers at federally qualified health centers to arrange for chart review by and site visits with certain collaborating physicians by means of HIPAA-compliant electronic information systems. – Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 19 and Title 63, Chapter 7.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1823

SB1823 (Johnson)/HB1867 (Zachary) – Employees, Employers – As introduced, requires an employer with a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to grant an exemption to the policy to any person who provides a medical reason supported by a statement from a licensed healthcare practitioner or a religious reason, and makes other related changes; specifies that a healthcare practitioner that provides such a statement is acting within the practitioner’s scope of practice, immune from civil liability, and protected from disciplinary action by a health-related board. – Amends TCA Title 14.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1846

SB1846 (Watson)/HB1843 (Terry) – Health Care – As introduced, expands the definition of provider-based telemedicine to include HIPAA compliant audio-only conversations for the provision of healthcare services beyond behavioral health services when other means are unavailable. – Amends TCA Title 56.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1982

SB1982 (Hensley)/HB1871 (Hulsey) – Public Health – As introduced, prohibits governmental entities, local education agencies, schools, and private businesses from adopting or enforcing laws, rules, or practices that fail to recognize natural immunity as providing a level of immune protection that is at least as protective as a COVID-19 vaccine or treat individuals with natural immunity differently than individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 7; Title 8; Title 14; Title 50; Title 63 and Title 68.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2137

SB2137 (Reeves)/HB2250 (Vaughan) – Mental Illness – As introduced, authorizes advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants who hold certain certifications and are working under the supervision of a licensed physician to complete a certificate of need for emergency diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment; removes requirement that only a physician may complete a second certificate of need in support of hospitalization when the first certificate was completed by a non-physician. – Amends TCA Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 4.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2150

SB2150 (Massey)/HB2109 (Lamar) – TennCare – As introduced, requires that doula services be provided to recipients of TennCare; requires that the doula services be performed by a person who has received certification from the department of health. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8; Title 56; Title 63 and Title 71.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2151

SB2151 (Hensley)/HB2452 (Weaver) – Human Rights – As introduced, designates as an unlawful discriminatory practice certain actions taken by a person, public officer, public employee, governmental entity, employer, or place of public accommodation against an individual on the basis of the individual’s vaccination status, immunity status, or whether the person has an immunity passport; makes various other changes related to COVID-19. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 14; Title 39; Title 50; Title 63 and Title 68.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2169

SB2169 (Hensley)/HB2778 (Alexander) – Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – As introduced, requires hospitals to permit at least one family member or patient representative who meets certain conditions to visit a patient of the hospital during end-of-life situations if a disaster, emergency, or public health emergency for COVID-19 has been declared. – Amends TCA Title 14 and Title 68, Chapter 11.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2188

SB2188 (Niceley/Hensley)/HB2746 (Lynn) – Drugs, Over the Counter – As introduced, authorizes ivermectin suitable for human use to be sold or purchased as an over-the-counter medication in this state without a prescription or consultation with a pharmacist or certain other healthcare professional. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 14; Title 47; Title 53; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2488

SB2488 (Briggs)/HB2248 (Vaughn) – Regional Authorities and Special Districts – As introduced, reduces the time by which the comptroller of the treasury must determine whether certain contracts or agreements by a medical school authority substantially comply with the guidelines, rules, and regulations of the state funding board from 15 days to 10 days. – Amends TCA Title 7; Title 33; Title 49; Title 63 and Title 68. *Caption Bill – Would include in additional funding in the Governor’s budget for residency programs tagged for primary care (Family Medicine, Peds, OB, Psychiatry) Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Surgeons. 

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2621

SB2621 (Niceley)/HB2506 (Lynn) – Health Care – As introduced, authorizes physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses to prescribe and pharmacists to dispense ivermectin via standing order. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 14; Title 53; Title 63 and Title 68.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2775

SB2775 (Bell)/HB2629 (Cochran) – Medical Occupations – As introduced, authorizes the board of physician assistants to notify by electronic communication the board of medical examiners, board of osteopathic examination, or board of podiatry of a disciplinary action issued against a licensee; authorizes the board of physician assistants to notify by electronic communication the licensing board of the primary collaborating physician of record when a disciplinary action is issued for a violation involving the prescribing, dispensing, or issuing of controlled substances by a physician assistant. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 63, Chapter 19, Part 1.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB2735

SB2848 (Bailey)/HB2735 (Windle) – Health Care – As introduced, requires the department of health to study the utilization of provider-based telemedicine among persons over 65 years of age, with particular emphasis on usage among those persons who are unable to travel independently or who use telemedicine solely for the purpose of renewing prescriptions for life-sustaining medications; requires other departments to assist the department of health upon request; requires the department to report its findings to the health-related committees of the general assembly and the legislative librarian by December 15, 2022. – Amends TCA Title 56 and Title 63.

Medical Cannabis

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2477

SB2477 (Bowling)/HB2458 (Rudder) – Controlled Substances – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act.” – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 67 and Title 68.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2532

SB2532 (Haile)/HB2641 (Terry) – Health Care – As introduced, establishes a medical cannabis program under the purview of the medical cannabis commission; establishes a patient registry for qualified patients and authorizes the possession of certain medical cannabis products by qualified patients and designated caregivers; redefines the term “marijuana” to exclude products containing less than 0.9 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 39, Chapter 17; Title 63; Title 67 and Title 68, Chapter 7.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB2641

SB2532 (Haile)/HB2641(Terry) – Health Care – As introduced, establishes a medical cannabis program under the purview of the medical cannabis commission; establishes a patient registry for qualified patients and authorizes the possession of certain medical cannabis products by qualified patients and designated caregivers; redefines the term “marijuana” to exclude products containing less than 0.9 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 39, Chapter 17; Title 63; Title 67 and Title 68, Chapter 7.

Tobacco and Vaping

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2035

SB2035 (Southerland)/HB2058 (Gant) – Tobacco, Tobacco Products – As introduced, defines “smokeless nicotine product”; adds smokeless nicotine products to type of products that are age-restricted to persons aged 21 years and older under the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco, Smoking Hemp, and Vapor Products Act. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 15.

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2143

SB2143 (Johnson)/HB2119 (Lamberth) – Tobacco, Tobacco Products – As introduced, increases, from $500 to $750, the civil penalty for a second violation of unlawful sale, distribution, purchase, or possession of vapor products. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 15.

 

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB2219

SB2219 (Briggs)/HB2705 (Carringer) – Tobacco, Tobacco Products – As introduced, authorizes local governments to regulate, including the prohibition of, smoking and the use of vapor products in age-restricted venues; defines the terms “age-restricted venue” and “retail tobacco store” for the purposes of the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco, Smoking Hemp, and Vapor Products Act. – Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 39.

Motorcycle Hemets

https://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1536

SB1536 (Roberts)/HB0903 (Doggett) – Traffic Safety – As introduced, exempts drivers and passengers over 26 years of age from the requirement to wear a crash helmet while operating or riding in motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and motorized bicycles, if the person is covered by health or medical insurance other than insurance through TennCare; makes a violation of the helmet law a secondary offense. – Amends TCA Section 55-9-302.