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Nurse practitioner bill moves forward
San Diego Union-Tribune

An amended version of a bill that would allow nurse practitioners to see patients without doctor supervision cleared a critical hurdle Tuesday, moving one step closer to a full vote of the state Assembly.

With eight yes votes, the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection approved Senate Bill 491, which allows nurse practitioners to perform primary care services like prescribing some medications and making a diagnosis without the supervision of a doctor.