Governor Ducey signs legislation to strengthen background checks for nursing facility workers

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PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation that strengthens background checks for people who want to work in Arizona nursing facilities.

The bill was one of 19 bills signed into law by the governor.

“Our nursing homes and assisted living facilities deserve accountability and leadership from their supervisors,” Governor Ducey said. “SB 1242 accomplishes this. Our elders – grandmothers, grandfathers and family members – deserve nothing less to keep them safe, happy and healthy.

Senate Bill (SB) 1242, sponsored by Senator Tyler Pace of Mesa, improves background checks for licensing through nursing and assisted living facilities (NCIAs). Proper vetting of managers and staff at these facilities is critical to the safety of vulnerable seniors housed at NCIA facilities. In addition to strengthening background checks, the bill bars those convicted of violent crimes or financial fraud from obtaining a license. The NCIA board should work with the Arizona Department of Health Services to establish an expedited process for identifying and referring complaints between agencies.

Bills the governor has also signed will expand services for dentists, open adoption hearings to family friends, reduce regulatory burdens on nonprofits, and more.

SB 1074, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto, expands the scope of practice for dentists to include Botox for cosmetic purposes. Arizona dentists are currently allowed to use Botox for medical purposes, such as treating excessive saliva production. With this bill, dentists will also have more flexibility to treat their patients for cosmetic purposes.

SB 1069, sponsored by Senator Barto of Phoenix, allows adoptive families to invite guests to accompany them to adoption hearings and share in the joy of adopting a child. Previously, only those directly interested in the case could attend hearings.

SB 1066, sponsored by Sen. TJ Shope of Coolidge, reduces regulatory burdens on nonprofits and expands their ability to use raffles for fundraising efforts. The legislation reduces the period a nonprofit must be in continuous existence before proceeding to a draw from five years to one year. Reducing this regulatory burden will provide young nonprofit organizations with more opportunities to raise funds and therefore serve the community.

SB 1275, sponsored by Sen. JD Mesnard of Chandler, gives local governments the ability to address noise pollution from fireworks in their neighborhoods and communities. Localities are able to limit fireworks during nighttime hours from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., with exceptions for New Year’s Eve and Independence Day. Fireworks can only be banned after 1 a.m. during these holidays.

“Arizona is a land of opportunity for all and we believe the government should not stand in the way,” Governor Ducey said. “Today’s bills reinforce that belief. My thanks go out to all legislators for their continued work in service to our great state. »

Below is a list of all the bills the Governor signed into law today:

SB 1074 dentists; scope of practice (Sen. Barto)
SB 1257 Long Term RV Parks; caregivers (Sen. Mesnard)
SB 1088 physicians; Naturopathic Medicine (Sen. Barto)
Health Care Guidelines Register SB 1190; access (Sen. Shope)
SB 1069 juvenile dependency; placement of children (Sen. Barto)
nursing SB 1242; life support; regulation (Sen. Pace)
nursing SB 1202; assisted living, continued (Sen. Pace)
SB 1073 juveniles; arbitration; arrangement; probation (Senator Barto)
SB 1300 Tribal College Dual Enrollment Program (Sen. Shope)
Legislation conforming to SB 1321; Committee on Post-Secondary Education (Sen. Shope)
Raffles SB 1066; non-profit organizations; lifespan (Sen. Shope)
SB 1115 in-state student statistics; Veterans (Senator Sonny Borrelli)
Department of Veterans Services SB 1212; commission; sequel (Sen. Vince Leach)
fireworks SB 1275; use; night hours; prohibition (sen. Mesnard)
State Real Estate Department SB 1276; suite (Sen. Mesnard)
SB 1376 codes; prescriptions; use of refrigerants (Sen. Rick Gray)
state lands SB 1238; assessments; leases; rights of way (Sen. Sine Kerr)
Property Tax Liens SB 1265; seizures; opinion (Senator David Livingston)
SB 1089 privileges; costs; exemption (Sen. Shope)

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