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Legislature deals nurse practitioner bill a blow
San Diego Union-Tribune

A bill that seeks to grant nurse practitioners authority to see patients without doctor supervision fell two votes shy of moving forward in the state assembly Tuesday, though a similar bill aimed at expanding the role of pharmacists won unanimous support from legislators during a hearing in Sacramento.

Members of the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection voted 6-3 in support of the nurse practitioner bill (SB-491) with five abstentions; eight yes votes were needed for passage.