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Scope of practice bills sail out of Senate
Sacramento Business Journal

Legislation to allow licensed nurse practitioners and optometrists expand their practices and provide more primary care sailed out of the State Senate Tuesday on bipartisan votes. A third scope-of-practice bill to expand what pharmacists can do faced a final vote in the Senate Wednesday. One of the most controversial bill packages of the year, the legislation seeks to use the existing workforce of medical professionals to bridge a shortage of physicians in many parts of the state at a time when a huge influx of new patients is expected.