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Office of the Secretary of State to Begin Implementation of HB 315 Regarding Mandatory Reporting for Licensed Nurses July 1st
Atlanta – On April 28th, Governor Deal signed HB 744, The General Appropriations Act. This allowed for the implementation of HB 315 regarding mandatory reporting for licensed nurses during State Fiscal Year 2015 that runs from July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.
HB 315 calls for the Office of the Secretary of State to ensure the integrity and quality of the nursing profession by requiring nurses, hospitals and other employers of nurses to report if there is reasonable cause to believe a nurse is in violation of their license. The Professional Licensing Division will be responsible for investigating all complaints brought forth.
The Professional Licensing Division of the Office of Secretary of State will have an operating budget of $6,818,847 for FY 2015. This is down from $7,192,564 in FY 2014. The Agency anticipates spending an estimated $2,000,000 for the Nursing Board, which includes the implementation of HB 315 starting in FY 2015.
“I firmly believe that HB 315 will bring about a safer environment of care for Georgia patients and medical professionals,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “I want to thank Governor Deal and his staff, the General Assembly and the nursing community who helped make the funding of this program a reality.”
In coordination with The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, HB 315 will be implemented in the following fashion:
1. Funding for mandatory reporting will be available July 1, 2014, the start of FY 2015. The SOS Administrative Division of Finance and Budget has made reallocations based on the language of HB 744. These decisions were made in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
2. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has approved 9 new positions, along with certain one-time costs, such as vehicles, equipment, and supplies, in order to implement HB 315. The new positions will be posted for hire in June with start dates on or around July 1, 2014.
The 9 positions will include:
• 2 Nursing Consultants
• 4 Complaint/Compliance
• 3 Investigators
The Office of the Secretary of State over the past several months has also reallocated 2 existing staff members that now exclusively serve the Nursing program to assist with their renewals and registrations.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.
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