Bill expanding nursing authority moves out of committee

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A controversial proposal expanding the authority of nurse practitioners to work in Kansas without signing collaborative agreements with physicians emerged from a Senate committee on Monday after languishing in the Legislature for a year.

The Senate health committee approved the legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to work independently from physicians, although the proposal has been vehemently criticized as potentially putting patients at risk.

The proposal, which enjoys support from some high-profile conservative groups such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, has lingered in the Legislature for years.

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