UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly GOP override vote on nurse bill fails
MADISON (AP) – Republicans have failed to override Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of a bill that would make it easier to become a nurse’s aide in Wisconsin.
The vote fell short Wednesday after Democrats who previously voted for the proposal did not support the override.
The bill at issue would reduce the number of training hours needed to become a certified nursing assistant from 120 to 75, the minimum required by federal regulations.
Supporters said lowering the state’s standards by 45 hours would help address a shortage of caregivers in the state.
Evers and fellow Democrats who opposed the bill said they objected to lowering training requirements.
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are slated to try to override Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of a bill that would make it easier to become a nurse’s aide in the state.
Wisconsin law requires nurses’ aides receive at least 120 hours of training. Federal regulations set the minimum at 75 hours. The bill would have prohibited state health officials from requiring more than 75 hours, saving aides 45 hours’ worth of training.
Evers vetoed the bill in November, saying he objects to less training for caregivers. Assembly Republicans plan to try an override Wednesday but they appear to be three votes short.
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