United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia

Join the CAPRN Bi-Weekly Legislative Call Tonight 8 pm and Continue to Call House HHS re. Nursing Compact SB 166

Posted over 2 years ago by Molly Bachtel

Please join us on the CAPRN bi-weekly legislative call.

We will share updates on on the healthcare and RN/APRN legislation we are following and supporting this session. There are about 10 (non-consecutive) legislative days left this session and we hope you will join in the effort to get our bills we care about to the finish line.

Also, We have many upcoming opportunities for you  to get involved in APRN advocacy here in Georgia.  The APRN of the Day CE Opportunity is still available. We will also have many new leadership opportunities as we prepare for a VERY busy summer if our Study Committee Bills (SR 188 and HR 388) get successfully passed.

We have word from GNA that we need to continue to make phone calls to the 35 members of the House HHS committee so that the Nursing Compact Bill SB 166 gets on their schedule for a committee hearing. The list and talking points are below.

It would also be great to have APRNs at the Capitol pulling out your own legislators and members of the House HHS committee at the ropes to ask them in person to support the Nursing Compact SB 166.

Here is the Sign up if you would like to come to the Capitol to serve as APRN of the Day and earn FREE CE.


CALL TO ACTION Nursing Compact SB 166

This is all bill ALL NURSES need to get behind with ONE VOICE, GNA who is taking the LEAD on this Bill has initiated a CALL TO ACTION today. Here are the details:

Nursing Licensure Compact Bill (NLC/SB 166) has successfully passed the Georgia State Senate! This is great news for us but our work is far from done.

Crossover Day (Legislative Day 28) was Friday, March 3, 2017 and only 12 legislative days remain to get SB 166 out of the House Health and Human Services (HHS) committee and on to the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives for a full vote.


It is a vital imperative that the members of the House HHS committee hear from you, from the entirety of the nursing profession in our state, about the importance of the passage of this bill and Georgia becoming a part of the Nursing Licensure Compact.

Please see the complete contact information for the entire House HHS Committee listed below and consider emailing, calling, tweeting or all of the above, these legislators and indicating the need for them to give SB 166 positive consideration and passage so that it can be moved along onto the floor of the House for a vote. In a matter of 30 minutes

***Talking Points***

Emails and Phone calls

  • NLC will help to fill the need for nurses in rural Georgia.
  • NLC will help military spouses obtain their license without undue delay- they typically have to wait between 4-7 weeks for their license to take effect. This means they are unable to work during that time.
  • NLC will allow nurses to quickly cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of disaster.
  • NLC will help meet the need to get nurse educators that typically have to purchase a license for every state in which they teach. This will help Colleges and Universities recruit other nurse educators to train Georgia nurses.
  • NLC removes a burdensome expense for organizations that employ nurses and may share the expense of multiple licenses. This is why several organizations support the compact and want its passage like Piedmont, Grady, CHOA and the Association of Health Plans. In sum, there are more than 20 Georgia organizations that would like to see the NLC passed in Georgia.
  • 25 states have already passed this legislation
  • Any personal stories you that can be shared about how Georgia being a part of NLC can now make, or could have made, your experience as a nurse more pleasant is always encouraged.


  • Ask that they give SB 166 the Nursing Licensure Compact Bill positive consideration and passage using the hashtag #PassTheCompact

WE MUST let our elected officials know that nurses are tuned in and paying attention to them as they make the decision about whether to, or not, take heed our calls for the advancement of the nursing profession in our state!

Call!….. Email!…. Tweet!…. And engage your co-workers and colleagues to join you in doing so, that we may display our ability to organize and engage when the future of our profession is hanging in the balance.

There are 35 legislators below to call. It will take about 30 minutes of your time to call each person. If can’t call all 35, then try to call half of the list. If your last name begins with A to M Call the first 19 on the list, if your last name begins with N to Z call the HHS CHAIR and VICE CHAIR (Rep. Cooper and Rep Hawkins) and the last 17 on the list.

House Health and Human Services Committee

Chair: Sharon Cooper
Email: Sharon.cooper@house.ga.gov
Phone: 404-656-5069
Twitter: @repsharoncooper

Vice Chair: Lee Hawkins
Email: lee.hawkins@house.ga.gov
Phone: 404-656-0213
Twitter: @blhdds

· Ed Rynders

Email: erynders@bellsouth.net

Phone: 404-656-6801

· Timothy Barr

Email: timothy.barr@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0325

Twitter: @patriotbarr

· Karen Bennett

Email: Karen.Bennett@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0202

Twitter: @kbennettcares

· James Beverly

Email: james.beverly@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0220

· Bruce Broadrick

Email: bruce.broadrick@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0298

Twitter: @bruce_broadrick

· Katie Dempsey

Email: Katie.dempsey@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-463-2247

· Demetrius Douglas

Email: Demetrius.douglas@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404- 656-7859

· Karla Drenner

Email: Dren16999@aol.com

Phone: 404-656-0202

Twitter: @KarlaDrenner

· Spencer Frye

Email: spencer.frye@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0265

Twitter: @spencerfrye

· J. Craig Gordon

Email: jcraig.gordon@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0287

· Buddy Harden

Email: bharden@planettel.net

Phone: 404-656-7855

· Matt Hatchett

Email: matt.hatchett@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-5025

Twitter: @jmatthatchett

· Michele Henson

Email: Michele.henson@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-7859

Twitter: @RepHenson86

· Scott Hilton

Email: Scott.Hilton@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0202

Twitter: @ScottHiltonGA

· Henry “Wayne” Howard

Email: wayne.howard@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-6372

· Rick Jasperse

Email: rick.jasperse@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-7857

Twitter: @RickJasperse

· Sheila Jones

Email: Sheila.Jones@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0127

Twitter: @repsheilajones

· Trey Kelley

Email: Trey.Kelley@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-657-1803

Twitter: @reptreykelley

· Jodi Lott

Email: Jodi.Lott@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0177

Twitter: @JodiD4lott

· Karen Mathiak

Email: Karen.mathiak@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0287

Twitter: @karenmathiak

· Billy Mitchell

Email: billy.mitchell@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0126

Twitter: @Repbmitchell

· Howard Mosby

Email: Howard.Mosby@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0287

Twitter: @RepMosby

· Mark Newton

Email: mark.newton@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0325

· Don Parsons

Email: repdon@parsons.org

Phone: 404-656-9198

Twitter: @don4georgia

· Allen Peake

Email: allen.peake@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-5132

Twitter: @allenpeake

· Jesse Petrea

Email: jesse.petrea@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-657-1803

· John Pezold

Email: john.pezold@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0188

Twitter: @johnpezold

· Betty Price

Email: Betty.Price@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0202

· Jimmy Pruett

Email: jimmy.pruett@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-7855

Twitter: @JimmyPruett

· Dexter Sharper

Email: dexter.sharper@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0126

Twitter: @dextersharper

· Deborah Silcox

Email: Deborah.Silcox@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0109

· Mickey Stephens

Email: mickey.stephens@gmail.com

Phone: 404-656-0265

· Pam Stephenson

Email: pam.stephenson@house.ga.gov

Phone: 404-656-0126