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More Political Victories for UAPD

Recently in Sacramento, the Union had two big victories on issues important to a majority of our membership.

First off, SB 277, the bill introduced by UAPD Member Richard Pan to limit the types of vaccination exemptions, was signed into law.  In his signing message, Governor Brown wrote “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”  Those same sentiments were conveyed by the majority of the doctors who answered our recent UAPD political survey. 74% of you supported SB 277, our survey showed.  UAPD was proud to sponsor the bill and lobby for its passage.

A majority of you also want the union to work against bills that expand the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners.  76% of you opposed SB 323, the bill to grant full practice authority for NPs.  Today that bill failed in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.  While it will have a courtesy reconsideration, for all intents and purposes the bill is now dead.  We know that Nurse Practitioners play a critical role in the healthcare system, but our survey showed that most of us believe that medical school training makes doctors better suited for some tasks. That was the crux of the testimony UAPD gave in committee last week as well.

When you have a moment, you can to explore the political survey results more thoroughly.  Some of the results are not surprising. At our most recent CME class in San Francisco,  it was plain to see that members are not in agreement when it comes to doctor-hastened death. However, it’s interesting that most of our members opposed recreational marijuana use, even though a majority of Americans now favor it.

A group as large and well-educated as UAPD will never be of one mind on any issue.  But we will continue to identify points of common interest and develop a legislative agenda around those issues.  And as this last week has shown us, when we take on a political issue, we can get things done.

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