SB506 (2020) Detail

Establishing a commission to study workplace safety in health care settings.


SB 506 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

02/06/2020   0315s

02/06/2020   0529s

 

2020 SESSION

20-2889

01/04

 

SENATE BILL 506

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study workplace safety in health care settings.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study workplace safety in health care settings.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/06/2020   0315s

02/06/2020   0529s 20-2889

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study workplace safety in health care settings.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subdivision; Commission to Study Workplace Safety in Health Care Settings.  Amend RSA 126-A by inserting after section 80 the following new subdivision:

Commission to Study Workplace Safety in Health Care Settings

126-A:81  Commission to Study Workplace Safety in Health Care Settings.

I.  There is established a commission to study workplace safety in health care settings.

(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(2)  Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(3)  One member appointed by the chief justice of the New Hampshire supreme court.

(4)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(5)  The commissioner of the department of safety, or designee.

(6)  The commissioner of the department of labor, or designee.

(7)  The attorney general, or designee.

(8)  The president of the State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1984, or designee.

(9)  A member of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, appointed by the association.

(10)  A member of the New Hampshire Nurses Association, appointed by the association.

(11)  A member of Granite State Home Health and Hospice Association, appointed by the association.

(12)  A member of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, appointed by the association.

(13)  A member of the New Hampshire Medical Society, appointed by the society.

(14)  The director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire, or designee.

(15)  A member of NAMI-New Hampshire, appointed by that organization.

(16)  A member of the New Hampshire Association of Residential Care Homes (NHARCH), appointed by the association.

(17)  A member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, appointed by that organization.

(18)  The long-term care ombudsman, or designee.

(19)  A member from a nonprofit social services organization representing the patient perspective, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall:

(1)  Review past history of incidents of violence in the health care workplace that have been instigated by the public, including patients, against health care workers.

(2)  Explore barriers to reporting incidences.

(3)  Explore creating a culture that supports reporting by reviewing of best practices.

(4)  Determine a structure for reporting incidences and effective mechanisms for responding to incidences.

(5)  Identify education and other strategies to identify risks, increase and reduce vulnerabilities in order to prevent workplace violence.

(6)  Review other states' workplace safety policies.

(7)  Review current statutes regarding penalties for assaulting a health care worker and consider changes to the statutes.

(8)  Consider other matters the commission deems relevant to its study.

(b)  The commission may solicit input from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the senate member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Ten members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission shall make a report with its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation on or before November 1, 2021 to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library.

2  Repeal.  RSA 126-A:81, relative to commission to study workplace safety in health care settings, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2021.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 14, 2020 Senate Hearing
Feb. 6, 2020 Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 6, 2020 Senate Floor Vote
March 18, 2020 House Hearing
March 19, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

SB506 Revision: 8095 Date: Feb. 6, 2020, 3:34 p.m.
SB506 Revision: 7714 Date: Dec. 23, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 1
Jan. 14, 2020 Hearing: 01/14/2020, Room 101, LOB, 02:00 pm; SC 2
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0315s, 02/06/2020; SC 5
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0315s, 02/06/2020; SC 5
Feb. 6, 2020 Committee Amendment # 2020-0315s, AA, VV; 02/06/2020; SJ 3
Feb. 6, 2020 Sen. Sherman Floor Amendment # 2020-0529s, AA, VV; 02/06/2020; SJ 3
Feb. 6, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2020-0315s and 2020-0529s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/06/2020; SJ 3
Feb. 20, 2020 Introduced 02/20/2020 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 5 P. 56
March 18, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 03/18/2020 10:00 am LOB 205
March 18, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Subcommittee Work Session: 03/18/2020 11:00 am LOB 205
March 19, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 03/19/2020 10:00 am LOB 205
June 30, 2020 Vacated and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020