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Nurse practitioner autonomy bill fails in state Assembly (updated)
Southern California Public Radio

A bill that would have given California’s nurse practitioners more autonomy died in an Assembly committee Tuesday.

The vote in the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions was 9 to 4 with one abstention against SB 323. The bill, which cleared the Senate last month, would have allowed nurse practitioners to work independently, without a doctor’s supervision, as long as they contracted with a medical group.

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with masters or doctorate degrees and additional certifications.