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Who Drafted That? Model Legislation Impacting Nursing and Regulation

      A recent study found that nearly 10,000 legislative bills filed over the past 8 years across the United States were exact copies or replicas of one another (
      • O’Dell R.
      • Penzenstadler N.
      Copy, paste, legislate: You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.
      ). These copies and replicas, known as model legislation, differ in origin, draft style, and purpose. Authors of model legislation often include interest groups, corporations, and coalitions of private or public actors. Authors draft model legislation on a topic of interest and activate an advocacy campaign aiming for wide-reaching enactments. Of the nearly 10,000 bills analyzed by USA Today, The Arizona Republic, and the Center for Public Integrity, more than 2,000 were enacted into law at the state and federal level (
      • O’Dell R.
      • Penzenstadler N.
      Copy, paste, legislate: You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead.
      ). Model legislation often concerns occupational licensing and other healthcare topics that affect nursing and regulation.
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      Biography

      Nicole Livanos, JD, MPP, is Senior Associate, State Advocacy and Legislative Affairs, Nursing Regulation, NCSBN, Chicago, Illinois.

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