Nurse Licensure Compact Passes the House

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While House Bill 4042 did pass both chambers of the Michigan Legislature during the 2019-2020 legislative session and was sent to the governor, the bill was vetoed Dec. 30. Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) did reintroduce the legislation as HB 4046 for the 2021-2022 legislative session. A full summary article of HB 4046 is available in the MHA Newsroom

Michigan Capitol BuildingMichigan House Bill (HB) 4042, also known as the Michigan Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), passed the House Feb. 26. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) and supported by the MHA, the NLC allows registered nurses to have one multistate license with the privilege to practice in their home state and other NLC states. However, permanent relocation to another compact state requires obtaining licensure in the new state, as the nurse’s residency has changed.

There are 34 states currently in the NLC, which was created 20 years ago. HB 4042 would declare Michigan to be an NLC participating state, allowing the mutual recognition of nursing licenses among the other member NLC states. HB 4042 awaits a vote in the Senate before moving to Gov. Whitmer's desk for final signature into law. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.