Legislative Update

March 2012

Board of Registered Nursing is Restored

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation reconstituting the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) in February.  This was necessary because the BRN, the board that regulates all Registered Nurses in the state of California, was disbanded on January 1, 2012.

The “new” BRN is funded until January 1, 2016.  The entire board will be reappointed under the new bill. We look forward to working with the Governor on appointments.

Get Involved—Become an Guest Observer to the AFSCME Convention

The International AFSCME Convention will be June 18-22, 2012 in Los Angeles.  The International Union, based in Washington, DC, coordinates the union’s actions on major national issues such as privatization of public services, fair taxes and health care.  Every two years, delegates to AFSCME’s International Convention decide on the union’s basic policies.  This is an opportunity to see what our international union will do for the next two years.  Anyone may attend the convention, which will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Want to Propose a Constitutional Amendment?

Constitutional amendments must be submitted by July 20, 2012. Article XIV explains how:

Section 1401 – Proposed Amendments to the UNAC/UHCP Constitution may be submitted to the State Convention by request of the Executive Council, the Board of Directors, Resolutions Committee, or an Affiliate.  All Amendments introduced by an Affiliate shall bear the signatures of at least two (2)
elected officers of the Affiliate certifying that the Amendment was approved for submission to the Convention by the policy making body or membership of the Affiliate.

Section 1402 – Proposed Amendments to the UNAC/UHCP Constitution may be submitted to the State Convention by a signed petition of twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of any Affiliate in good standing.

Section 1403 – If a proposed Amendment is to be submitted to the State Convention, it must reach the office of the State Secretary at least ninety (90) days prior to the convening of the Convention and must be sent by the State Secretary to the Affiliates at least sixty (60) days before the Convention.