Supported California Legislation

Submitted by ADonahue on July 27, 2022
Group of CNA leaders hold banner "Nurses Heal California" outside state capitol

California Nurses Association is committed to building a broad movement for transformative social change and confronting the powerful interests that dominate our economic and political system. We are proud to support legislation that reflects nurses’ values of caring, compassion, and community. Learn more about all our current supported California legislation.

A.B. 1001 Hospital Standards for Behavioral Health Emergency Services

A significant portion of patients with behavioral health care needs — including mental health and substance use considerations — enter California hospitals each year. In 2020, patients with behavioral health diagnoses represented one third of all inpatient hospitalizations and one fifth of all emergency department visits.

California must create hospital standards to ensure that hospitals have appropriate staff available and trained to respond to patients who may experience behavioral health emergencies. Additionally, California can create hospital standards to ensure timely treatment, admissions, and transfers of emergency department or observation unit patients with behavioral health needs. The state can also establish a fund to support state or county programs to hire and train psychiatric nurses or other psychiatric health care professionals who can respond to behavioral health emergencies within a hospital. Dedicating appropriately trained and licensed hospital staff to respond to behavioral health emergencies would help address the immediate care needs of hospital patients with behavioral health needs and would help address rising rates of workplace violence in emergency departments.

Read our A.B. 1001 fact sheet

A.B. 1007 Workplace Protections From Surgical Smoke in Hospitals

Surgical smoke generated during medical procedures contains toxic chemicals, gases, vapors, and particulates in addition to infectious particles and possibly even malignant and viable cancer cells. Surgical smoke can cause respiratory irritation, asthma exacerbation, infectious disease exposure, and other issues for health care workers. It also poses a threat to patients who may breathe in or be exposed to the toxic chemicals in surgical plume.

This bill would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt, within a certain time frame, an occupational safety and health standard mandating the removal of potentially dangerous surgical smoke generated during a variety of therapeutic procedures in acute-care setting.

This legislation requires regulations mandating the use of plume scavenging systems that capture and neutralize smoke at the site of origin sufficient to prevent ocular or respiratory contact.

Read our A.B. 1007 fact sheet

A.B. 1156 Workers’ Compensation for Frontline Health Care Workers

For a few select professions, some workers do not have to prove that certain diseases and injuries were a result of their employment when they first file a workers’ compensation claim: these are called workers’ compensation presumptions. But, historically, these presumptions have not extended to nurses.

Workers’ compensation presumptions should be available for all frontline professions, including nurses.

This bill would modernize outdated California laws by making it easier for registered nurses to access the workers’ compensation system, just like the law currently protects other frontline health care workers like EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police officers; all of which are male-dominated fields. This would ensure all frontline health care workers have access to the same workers’ compensation presumptions, and be a vital step in achieving economic and gender equality.

Read our A.B. 1156 fact sheet

A.B. 1690 California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare)

Today’s U.S. health care system is a complex, fragmented multi-payer system that still leaves wide gaps of coverage and poses significant issues of affordability.

The California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California, called CalCare, for all residents, regardless of citizenship status. By streamlining payments and lowering per-capita health care spending, CalCare guarantees quality health care and long-term care without creating barriers to care or out-of-pocket costs.

Read our A.B. 1690 fact sheet

Group of nurses outside hold signs "Staff up for safe patient care"

California Nurses Association calls on Sacramento to provide RNs equity in workers’ comp, pass A.B. 1156

Nurses across California are applauding the introduction of A.B. 1156. If passed, the presumptive eligibility bill would automatically provide workers’ compensation to nurses and other health care workers for a variety of injuries and illnesses.

California Nurses Association
April 3, 2023

Goup of nurses inside hospital, one holds sign "Staff Up for Safe Care"

California nurses and caregivers applaud new meal and rest break law signed by Governor Newsom

S.B. 1334 guarantees enforceable breaks for public-sector and University of California workers who provide or support direct patient care in a hospital, clinic, or public health setting.

California Nurses Association/Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union
September 30, 2022

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Nurses urge Gov. Newsom to sign bill requiring public sector employers to provide meal and rest breaks to health care workers

S.B. 1334 will ensure that public-sector employees who provide direct patient care or support direct patient care will be covered by Section 512 of the California Labor Code, guaranteeing meal breaks and rest periods for nurses.

California Nurses Association
September 2, 2022

Nurse holds sign "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

California RNs mark Nurses Week by urging state legislators to pass bills to protect nurses and public health

To mark Nurses Week, registered nurses from across California will pay online visits to state legislators on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12, to advocate in support of bills that advance the work of nurses and protect public health.

California Nurses Association
May 7, 2021

CalCare: California Guaranteed Health Care for All

California nurses say that delaying action on establishing guaranteed health care for the state is a mistake, Californians cannot wait

Lawmakers today are choosing to delay for another year action on AB 1400, the bill known as CalCare that would establish a guaranteed, single-payer health system for all California residents, using the excuse that they need to hash out more details and decide how to finance it.

California Nurses Association
April 21, 2021

Nurses protesting for PPE holding signs "PPE is as essential as I am", "Proper protection for Covid-19 Nurses", "Every Nurse Protected Every Time", "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

New law requiring hospitals to maintain a three-month supply of PPE takes effect April 1

Nurses welcome the April 1, 2021 implementation of a new law requiring hospitals to create and maintain a three-month stockpile of N95 respirators, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

California Nurses Association
March 31, 2021

CalCare logo for California Guaranteed Healthcare for All

Nurses applaud introduction of CalCare bill to implement a single-payer system in California

Renewing its commitment to the larger fight for health care justice, the California Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to sponsor Assembly Bill 1400 (Kalra), the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare), which would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right.

California Nurses Association
February 19, 2021