On April 25, legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) that would allow Illinois to join the 25 other states that are part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) passed the Senate unanimously. Senate Bill 677 would give registered Illinois nurses the flexibility to practice in other states in the Compact.
“I have worked on this legislation for many years and am thrilled that it has moved out of the Senate once again. I encourage my colleagues in the Illinois House to pass this bill in order to expand the opportunities for Illinois’ licensed nurses,” said Senator Althoff.
“This piece of legislation is very important to nurses in my district, which is in very close proximity to Wisconsin—a Compact state. The bill would allow nurses from either side of the border to work across state lines.”
If signed into law, Illinois would become the 26th state to join the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which would allow for the ability of RN’s and LPN’s in Illinois to be recognized in other compact member states.
“Year after year, this legislation has been held up due to Illinois’ strict background check rules,” said Sen. Althoff. “However, the NLC has since altered their rules and now have background check requirements that mirror current practices already in place in Illinois.”
Senate Bill 677 passed the Senate without opposition and has been sent to the House for a vote.