Lawmakers reach agreement to keep Colorado nurses with out-of-state licenses working

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DENVER — The Colorado General Assembly beat a Friday deadline to keep thousands of nurses employed.

Lawmakers passed legislation allowing nurses with out-of-state licenses to keep working.

If lawmakers did not reach an agreement, potentially thousands of nurses would have been out of job Friday.

The State Senate passed a measure keeping nurses employed last week while the State House passed the bill Tuesday.

“Health care does not stop at state lines and we need to ensure our nursing staff don’t have to either,” said Rep. Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, who sponsored SB18-027 in the House with Rep. Hugh McKean, R-Loveland.

“This current compact has been operational and successful for more than 17 years. Our bipartisan bill allows Colorado nurses to maintain their multi-state license and join the enhanced nurse licensure compact.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper signaled he would sign the legislation.

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