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House OKs bill to let nurses practice independently of MDs

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Over the strong objections of organized medicine, a House healthcare subcommittee on Wednesday gave the green light to a bill that would allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to work independently from physicians. The House Innovation Subcommittee debated the bill for one hour before passing it by a 9-4 vote and heard from a score of proponents and opponents. At times the debate teetered on testy. “Where i grew up the kids played doctor,” said state Rep. “Doc” Renuart, who opposed the…

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