Legislative Affairs

DCNA monitors legislation, gives testimony related to nursing, health planning, and family and women’s issues, lobbies elected and other government officials, works, in coalition with a range of groups, and communicates with regulatory agencies.

Nurse Lives Matter Petition
Nurses throughout the District of Columbia are attacked daily by patients in the hospitals, schools and many health care facilities. Nurses are consistently assaulted, beaten, choked, sexually assaulted, bitten, verbally dehumanized and face many other life-threatening situations with no protection.

Nurses should not have to go to work every day fearing that they might be injured.

Nurses are the first line of care for patients. Nurses have more access to the patients than any other healthcare workers and often are the first to be attacked by a violent patient. Violence claims a significant toll on the Nurses. In addition to the physical, emotional and mental effects on the victim, other negative effects include: financial loss resulting from insurance claims, lost productivity, legal expenses, property damage and possible staff replacement costs. Many nurses are leaving the profession to avoid the abuse.

Please Sign this petition to the DC Council to demand that they enact laws that will protect nurses from violence while saving lives.

To print the Nurse Lives Matter Petitionclick here.  Printed copies of the Petition should be sent to Wala Blegay via email at [email protected] or via fax at 202-362-8285.

Patient Protection Act
The Patient Protection Act was introduced on February 4, 2013 (click here to see the sponsors of the bill) and was referred to the Committee on Health.  A Hearing was held on November 8, 2013 by the Committee on Health.  An emergency hearing was held on March 4, 2014.  There has been no further action on the Bill since the Hearing.

Inclusive Prosperity Act

On April 16, 2013 Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota introduced HR1579, formally called the Inclusive Prosperity Act or the Robin Hood Tax.  The legislation would impose a tiny tax of 0.5% on the trade of stocks, equal to 50 cents on the purchase or sale of $100 worth of stock.  Economists estimate that this tax would raise up to $350 billion annually that could be used to meet human needs. 

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