Issues of importance to occupational and environmental health nurses:
- Nurse Compact, (House File 220) is an issue MAOHN has been interested in for many years. It would permit nurses to practice across state lines unburdening them and their employers from onerous paperwork and filings. Many of our members in a variety of sectors normally work across state lines. Our union colleagues in hospital nursing regularly pushback on this.
- A chemotherapy safety bill (Senate File 3009 and House File 3288) would have directed the Departments of Health and Labor and Industry to study chemotherapy drugs and their impact of workplace safety. The bills failed to gain a hearing-this past session, but the Department of Labor and Industry agreed to study this independently.
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Minnesota Executive Branch
Minnesota Governor http://mn.gov/governor/ - Mark Dayton (DFL)
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Services include workers' compensation, labor standards, apprenticeships. Code administration, inspection services and licensing of boilers, high-pressure-piping and boats-for-hire. Investigating complaints and incidents.
Minnesota Department of Health
The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
Minnesota Board of Nursing
The board is a regulatory agency whose services include licensing, discipline and program approval, education relevant to the needs of the public and to the education and practice of nurses and disseminating information to nurses and the public.
Minnesota State Council on Disability
The Minnesota State Council on Disability (MSCOD) is an agency that collaborates, advocates, advises and provides information to expand opportunities, increase the quality of life and empower all persons with disabilities.
Minnesota Health Professionals Services Program
The State of Minnesota Health Professional Services Program (HPSP) is a professionally staffed, confidential program designed to monitor the treatment and continuing care of eligible, regulated health professionals.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Responsible for administering environmental permitting, compliance/enforcement, remediation and outreach programs to help Minnesota protect its environment.
Minnesota Public Safety Department
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Liquor Control, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement, Crime Victim Services, Driver and Vehicle Services, Emergency Management, Emergency Communication Networks, State Fire Marshal, Pipeline Safety, State Highway Patrol, Statewide Radio Board, Capitol Security and Traffic Safety.
Minnesota Safety Council
The Minnesota Safety Council is a semi-state agency, providing safety and health training services to state agencies and the citizens of Minnesota through a variety of programs. Its mission is to make Minnesota a safer place to live.
Minnesota Judicial Branch, State Courts, http://www.mncourts.gov
Minnesota State Legislature
The Minnesota legislative session commenced January 3. The Minnesota Legislature changed dramatically with the 2016 election. The Senate switched to slim 34-33 Republican majority control. This gives Republicans legislative control or the first time in five years.
Legislation and Bill Tracking, https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis
Donald J. Trump (R) was elected the 45th President by the Electoral College, December 19. The President nominates judges, appoints officials to execute law and operate agencies of the US Government, and they command military forces.
Unites States Senate
Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
Tina Smith (DFL)
Unites States House of Representatives
1Timothy J Walz (DFL)
2Jason Lewis (R)
3Erik Paulsen (R)
4Betty McCollum (DFL)
5Keith Ellison (DFL)
6Tom Emmer (R)
7Colin C. Peterson (DFL)
8Rick Nolan (DFL)