The legislature saves 86,000 nurses in their first bill sent to the Governor

Representative Hugh McKean – Loveland (HD 51)

Rep. Hugh McKean – Loveland (HD 51)

DENVER—Today, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 18-027, sending Governor Hickenlooper the first bill of the 2018 session. The bill, sponsored by Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland), changes the current interstate Nurse Licensure Compact to the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact. While the new compact makes several changes to the current background check process, most notably it relieves all nurses licensed prior to July 20, 2017 from needing a new Colorado license in order to continue working in Colorado.

“I am pleased to see that the first bill of the session will improve health care in Colorado,” said McKean. “86,000 nurses can breathe easier knowing that they will not be required to get a different license to continue serving Coloradans, and I am grateful for the Colorado Legislature’s expedient work to pass this bill.”

Senate Bill 18-027 takes effect upon the Governor’s signature, which is expected in the coming days.