2017 Florida Statutes
Nurse Licensure Compact.
FINDINGS AND DECLARATION OF PURPOSE
(1) The party states find that:
(a) The health and safety of the public are affected by the degree of compliance with and the effectiveness of enforcement activities related to state nurse licensure laws.
(b) Violations of nurse licensure and other laws regulating the practice of nursing may result in injury or harm to the public.
(c) The expanded mobility of nurses and the use of advanced communication technologies as part of the nation’s health care delivery system require greater coordination and cooperation among states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation.
(d) New practice modalities and technology make compliance with individual state nurse licensure laws difficult and complex.
(e) The current system of duplicative licensure for nurses practicing in multiple states is cumbersome and redundant for both nurses and states.
(f) Uniformity of nurse licensure requirements throughout the states promotes public safety and public health benefits.
(2) The general purposes of this compact are to:
(a) Facilitate the states’ responsibility to protect the public’s health and safety.
(b) Ensure and encourage the cooperation of party states in the areas of nurse licensure and regulation.
(c) Facilitate the exchange of information among party states in the areas of nurse regulation, investigation, and adverse actions.
(d) Promote compliance with the laws governing the practice of nursing in each jurisdiction.
(e) Invest all party states with the authority to hold a nurse accountable for meeting all state practice laws in the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered through the mutual recognition of party state licenses.
(f) Decrease redundancies in the consideration and issuance of nurse licenses.
(g) Provide opportunities for interstate practice by nurses who meet uniform licensure requirements.
As used in this compact, the term:
(1) “Adverse action” means any administrative, civil, equitable, or criminal action permitted by a state’s laws which is imposed by a licensing board or other authority against a nurse, including actions against an individual’s license or multistate licensure privilege, such as revocation, suspension, probation, monitoring of the licensee, limitation on the licensee’s practice, or any other encumbrance on licensure affecting a nurse’s authorization to practice, including issuance of a cease and desist action.
(2) “Alternative program” means a nondisciplinary monitoring program approved by a licensing board.
(3) “Commission” means the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators established by this compact.
(4) “Compact” means the Nurse Licensure Compact recognized, established, and entered into by the state under this compact.
(5) “Coordinated licensure information system” means an integrated process for collecting, storing, and sharing information on nurse licensure and enforcement activities related to nurse licensure laws which is administered by a nonprofit organization composed of and controlled by licensing boards.
(6) “Current significant investigative information” means:
(a) Investigative information that a licensing board, after a preliminary inquiry that includes notification and an opportunity for the nurse to respond, if required by state law, has reason to believe is not groundless and, if proved true, would indicate more than a minor infraction; or
(b) Investigative information that indicates that the nurse represents an immediate threat to public health and safety regardless of whether the nurse has been notified and had an opportunity to respond.
(7) “Encumbrance” means a revocation or suspension of, or any limitation on, the full and unrestricted practice of nursing imposed by a licensing board.
(8) “Home state” means the party state that is the nurse’s primary state of residence.
(9) “Licensing board” means a party state’s regulatory body responsible for issuing nurse licenses.
(10) “Multistate license” means a license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) issued by a home state licensing board which authorizes the licensed nurse to practice in all party states under a multistate licensure privilege.
(11) “Multistate licensure privilege” means a legal authorization associated with a multistate license permitting the practice of nursing as either an RN or an LPN/VN in a remote state.
(12) “Nurse” means an RN or LPN/VN, as those terms are defined by each party state’s practice laws.
(13) “Party state” means any state that has adopted this compact.
(14) “Remote state” means a party state other than the home state.
(15) “Single-state license” means a nurse license issued by a party state which authorizes practice only within the issuing state and does not include a multistate licensure privilege to practice in any other party state.
(16) “State” means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
(17) “State practice laws” means a party state’s laws, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of nursing, define the scope of nursing practice, and create the methods and grounds for imposing discipline. The term “state practice laws” does not include requirements necessary to obtain and retain a license, except for qualifications or requirements of the home state.
GENERAL PROVISIONS AND JURISDICTION
(1) A multistate license to practice registered or licensed practical/vocational nursing issued by a home state to a resident in that state shall be recognized by each party state as authorizing a nurse to practice as an RN or as an LPN/VN under a multistate licensure privilege in each party state.
(2) Each party state must implement procedures for considering the criminal history records of applicants for initial multistate licensure or licensure by endorsement. Such procedures shall include the submission of fingerprints or other biometric-based information by applicants for the purpose of obtaining an applicant’s criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the agency responsible for retaining that state’s criminal records.
(3) In order for an applicant to obtain or retain a multistate license in the home state, each party state shall require that the applicant fulfills the following criteria:
(a) Meets the home state’s qualifications for licensure or renewal of licensure, as well as all other applicable state laws.
(b)1. Has graduated or is eligible to graduate from a licensing board-approved RN or LPN/VN prelicensure education program; or
2. Has graduated from a foreign RN or LPN/VN prelicensure education program that has been approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and has been verified by a licensing board-approved independent credentials review agency to be comparable to a licensing board-approved prelicensure education program.
(c) If the applicant is a graduate of a foreign prelicensure education program not taught in English, or if English is not the applicant’s native language, has successfully passed a licensing board-approved English proficiency examination that includes the components of reading, speaking, writing, and listening.
(d) Has successfully passed an NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN Examination or recognized predecessor, as applicable.
(e) Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license.
(f) Has submitted, in connection with an application for initial licensure or licensure by endorsement, fingerprints or other biometric data for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the agency responsible for retaining that state’s criminal records.
(g) Has not been convicted or found guilty, or has entered into an agreed disposition other than a disposition that results in nolle prosequi, of a felony offense under applicable state or federal criminal law.
(h) Has not been convicted or found guilty, or has entered into an agreed disposition other than a disposition that results in nolle prosequi, of a misdemeanor offense related to the practice of nursing as determined on a case-by-case basis.
(i) Is not currently enrolled in an alternative program.
(j) Is subject to self-disclosure requirements regarding current participation in an alternative program.
(k) Has a valid United States social security number.
(4) All party states may, in accordance with existing state due process law, take adverse action against a nurse’s multistate licensure privilege, such as revocation, suspension, probation, or any other action that affects the nurse’s authorization to practice under a multistate licensure privilege, including cease and desist actions. If a party state takes such action, it shall promptly notify the administrator of the coordinated licensure information system. The administrator of the coordinated licensure information system shall promptly notify the home state of any such actions by remote states.
(5) A nurse practicing in a party state must comply with the state practice laws of the state in which the patient is located at the time service is provided. The practice of nursing is not limited to patient care but shall include all nursing practice as defined by the state practice laws of the party state in which the patient is located. The practice of nursing in a party state under a multistate licensure privilege subjects a nurse to the jurisdiction of the licensing board, the courts, and the laws of the party state in which the patient is located at the time service is provided.
(6) A person not residing in a party state shall continue to be able to apply for a party state’s single-state license as provided under the laws of each party state. The single-state license granted to such a person does not grant the privilege to practice nursing in any other party state. This compact does not affect the requirements established by a party state for the issuance of a single-state license.
(7) A nurse holding a home state multistate license, on the effective date of this compact, may retain and renew the multistate license issued by the nurse’s then-current home state, provided that:
(a) A nurse who changes his or her primary state of residence after the effective date must meet all applicable requirements under subsection (3) to obtain a multistate license from a new home state.
(b) A nurse who fails to satisfy the multistate licensure requirements under subsection (3) due to a disqualifying event occurring after the effective date is ineligible to retain or renew a multistate license, and the nurse’s multistate license shall be revoked or deactivated in accordance with applicable rules adopted by the commission.
APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE
IN A PARTY STATE
(1) Upon application for a multistate license, the licensing board in the issuing party state shall ascertain, through the coordinated licensure information system, whether the applicant has ever held, or is the holder of, a license issued by any other state, whether there are any encumbrances on any license or multistate licensure privilege held by the applicant, whether any adverse action has been taken against any license or multistate licensure privilege held by the applicant, and whether the applicant is currently participating in an alternative program.
(2) A nurse may hold a multistate license, issued by the home state, in only one party state at a time.
(3) If a nurse changes his or her primary state of residence by moving from one party state to another party state, the nurse must apply for licensure in the new home state, and the multistate license issued by the prior home state shall be deactivated in accordance with applicable rules adopted by the commission.
(a) The nurse may apply for licensure in advance of a change in his or her primary state of residence.
(b) A multistate license may not be issued by the new home state until the nurse provides satisfactory evidence of a change in his or her primary state of residence to the new home state and satisfies all applicable requirements to obtain a multistate license from the new home state.
(4) If a nurse changes his or her primary state of residence by moving from a party state to a nonparty state, the multistate license issued by the prior home state shall convert to a single-state license valid only in the former home state.
ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY VESTED IN
PARTY STATE LICENSING BOARDS
(1) In addition to the other powers conferred by state law, a licensing board or state agency may:
(a) Take adverse action against a nurse’s multistate licensure privilege to practice within that party state.
1. Only the home state has the power to take adverse action against a nurse’s license issued by the home state.
2. For purposes of taking adverse action, the home state licensing board or state agency shall give the same priority and effect to conduct reported by a remote state as it would if such conduct had occurred within the home state. In so doing, the home state shall apply its own state laws to determine appropriate action.
(b) Issue cease and desist orders or impose an encumbrance on a nurse’s authority to practice within that party state.
(c) Complete any pending investigation of a nurse who changes his or her primary state of residence during the course of such investigation. The licensing board or state agency may also take appropriate action and shall promptly report the conclusions of such investigation to the administrator of the coordinated licensure information system. The administrator of the coordinated licensure information system shall promptly notify the new home state of any such action.
(d) Issue subpoenas for both hearings and investigations that require the attendance and testimony of witnesses or the production of evidence. Subpoenas issued by a licensing board or state agency in a party state for the attendance and testimony of witnesses or the production of evidence from another party state shall be enforced in the latter state by any court of competent jurisdiction according to the practice and procedure of that court applicable to subpoenas issued in proceedings pending before it. The issuing authority shall pay any witness fees, travel expenses, and mileage and other fees required by the service statutes of the state in which the witnesses or evidence is located.
(e) Obtain and submit, for each nurse licensure applicant, fingerprint or other biometric-based information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for criminal background checks, receive the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation record search on criminal background checks, and use the results in making licensure decisions.
(f) If otherwise permitted by state law, recover from the affected nurse the costs of investigations and disposition of cases resulting from any adverse action taken against that nurse.
(g) Take adverse action based on the factual findings of the remote state, provided that the licensing board or state agency follows its own procedures for taking such adverse action.
(2) If adverse action is taken by the home state against a nurse’s multistate license, the nurse’s multistate licensure privilege to practice in all other party states shall be deactivated until all encumbrances are removed from the multistate license. All home state disciplinary orders that impose adverse action against a nurse’s multistate license shall include a statement that the nurse’s multistate licensure privilege is deactivated in all party states during the pendency of the order.
(3) This compact does not override a party state’s decision that participation in an alternative program may be used in lieu of adverse action. The home state licensing board shall deactivate the multistate licensure privilege under the multistate license of any nurse for the duration of the nurse’s participation in an alternative program.
AND EXCHANGE INFORMATION
(1) All party states shall participate in a coordinated licensure information system relating to all licensed RNs and LPNs/VNs. This system shall include information on the licensure and disciplinary history of each nurse, as submitted by party states, to assist in the coordination of nurse licensure and enforcement efforts.
(2) The commission, in consultation with the administrator of the coordinated licensure information system, shall formulate necessary and proper procedures for the identification, collection, and exchange of information under this compact.
(3) All licensing boards shall promptly report to the coordinated licensure information system any adverse action, any current significant investigative information, denials of applications, the reasons for application denials, and nurse participation in alternative programs known to the licensing board regardless of whether such participation is deemed nonpublic or confidential under state law.
(4) Current significant investigative information and participation in nonpublic or confidential alternative programs shall be transmitted through the coordinated licensure information system only to party state licensing boards.
(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all party state licensing boards contributing information to the coordinated licensure information system may designate information that may not be shared with nonparty states or disclosed to other entities or individuals without the express permission of the contributing state.
(6) Any personal identifying information obtained from the coordinated licensure information system by a party state licensing board may not be shared with nonparty states or disclosed to other entities or individuals except to the extent permitted by the laws of the party state contributing the information.
(7) Any information contributed to the coordinated licensure information system which is subsequently required to be expunged by the laws of the party state contributing that information shall also be expunged from the coordinated licensure information system.
(8) The compact administrator of each party state shall furnish a uniform data set to the compact administrator of each other party state, which shall include, at a minimum:
(a) Identifying information.
(b) Licensure data.
(c) Information related to alternative program participation.
(d) Other information that may facilitate the administration of this compact, as determined by commission rules.
(9) The compact administrator of a party state shall provide all investigative documents and information requested by another party state.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE
INTERSTATE COMMISSION OF
NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT ADMINISTRATORS
(1) The party states hereby create and establish a joint public entity known as the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators.
(a) The commission is an instrumentality of the party states.
(b) Venue is proper, and judicial proceedings by or against the commission shall be brought solely and exclusively, in a court of competent jurisdiction where the commission’s principal office is located. The commission may waive venue and jurisdictional defenses to the extent it adopts or consents to participate in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
(c) This compact does not waive sovereign immunity except to the extent sovereign immunity is waived in the party states.
(2)(a) Each party state shall have and be limited to one administrator. The executive director of the state licensing board or his or her designee shall be the administrator of this compact for each party state. Any administrator may be removed or suspended from office as provided by the law of the state from which the administrator is appointed. Any vacancy occurring on the commission shall be filled in accordance with the laws of the party state in which the vacancy exists.
(b) Each administrator is entitled to one vote with regard to the adoption of rules and the creation of bylaws and shall otherwise have an opportunity to participate in the business and affairs of the commission. An administrator shall vote in person or by such other means as provided in the bylaws. The bylaws may provide for an administrator’s participation in meetings by telephone or other means of communication.
(c) The commission shall meet at least once during each calendar year. Additional meetings shall be held as set forth in the commission’s bylaws or rules.
(d) All meetings shall be open to the public, and public notice of meetings shall be given in the same manner as required under Article VIII of this compact.
(e) The commission may convene in a closed, nonpublic meeting if the commission must discuss:
1. Failure of a party state to comply with its obligations under this compact;
2. The employment, compensation, discipline, or other personnel matters, practices, or procedures related to specific employees or other matters related to the commission’s internal personnel practices and procedures;
3. Current, threatened, or reasonably anticipated litigation;
4. Negotiation of contracts for the purchase or sale of goods, services, or real estate;
5. Accusing any person of a crime or formally censuring any person;
6. Disclosure of trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential;
7. Disclosure of information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;
8. Disclosure of investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes;
9. Disclosure of information related to any reports prepared by or on behalf of the commission for the purpose of investigation of compliance with this compact; or
10. Matters specifically exempted from disclosure by federal or state statute.
(f) If a meeting, or portion of a meeting, is closed pursuant to this subsection, the commission’s legal counsel or designee shall certify that the meeting, or portion of the meeting, is closed and shall reference each relevant exempting provision. The commission shall keep minutes that fully and clearly describe all matters discussed in a meeting and shall provide a full and accurate summary of actions taken, and the reasons therefor, including a description of the views expressed. All documents considered in connection with an action shall be identified in such minutes. All minutes and documents of a closed meeting shall remain under seal, subject to release by a majority vote of the commission or order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
(3) The commission shall, by a majority vote of the administrators, prescribe bylaws or rules to govern its conduct as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes and exercise the powers of this compact, including, but not limited to:
(a) Establishing the commission’s fiscal year.
(b) Providing reasonable standards and procedures:
1. For the establishment and meetings of other committees.
2. Governing any general or specific delegation of any authority or function of the commission.
(c) Providing reasonable procedures for calling and conducting meetings of the commission, ensuring reasonable advance notice of all meetings, and providing an opportunity for attendance of such meetings by interested parties, with enumerated exceptions designed to protect the public’s interest, the privacy of individuals, and proprietary information, including trade secrets. The commission may meet in closed session only after a majority of the administrators vote to close a meeting in whole or in part. As soon as practicable, the commission must make public a copy of the vote to close the meeting revealing the vote of each administrator, with no proxy votes allowed.
(d) Establishing the titles, duties and authority, and reasonable procedures for the election of the commission’s officers.
(e) Providing reasonable standards and procedures for the establishment of the commission’s personnel policies and programs. Notwithstanding any civil service or other similar laws of any party state, the bylaws shall exclusively govern the commission’s personnel policies and programs.
(f) Providing a mechanism for winding up the commission’s operations and the equitable disposition of any surplus funds that may exist after the termination of this compact after the payment or reserving of all of its debts and obligations.
(4) The commission shall publish its bylaws and rules, and any amendments thereto, in a convenient form on the commission’s website.
(5) The commission shall maintain its financial records in accordance with the bylaws.
(6) The commission shall meet and take such actions as are consistent with this compact and the bylaws.
(7) The commission has the power to:
(a) Adopt uniform rules to facilitate and coordinate implementation and administration of this compact. The rules shall have the force and effect of law and are binding in all party states.
(b) Bring and prosecute legal proceedings or actions in the name of the commission, provided that the standing of any licensing board to sue or be sued under applicable law is not affected.
(c) Purchase and maintain insurance and bonds.
(d) Borrow, accept, or contract for services of personnel, including employees of a party state or nonprofit organizations.
(e) Cooperate with other organizations that administer state compacts related to the regulation of nursing, including sharing administrative or staff expenses, office space, or other resources.
(f) Hire employees, elect or appoint officers, fix compensation, define duties, grant such individuals appropriate authority to carry out the purposes of this compact, and establish the commission’s personnel policies and programs relating to conflicts of interest, qualifications of personnel, and other related personnel matters.
(g) Accept any and all appropriate donations, grants, and gifts of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services and receive, use, and dispose of the same, provided that, at all times, the commission shall avoid any appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest.
(h) Lease, purchase, accept appropriate gifts or donations of, or otherwise own, hold, improve, or use any property, whether real, personal, or mixed, provided that, at all times, the commission shall avoid any appearance of impropriety.
(i) Sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, abandon, or otherwise dispose of any property, whether real, personal, or mixed.
(j) Establish a budget and make expenditures.
(k) Borrow money.
(l) Appoint committees, including advisory committees comprised of administrators, state nursing regulators, state legislators or their representatives, consumer representatives, and other interested persons.
(m) Provide information to, receive information from, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies.
(n) Adopt and use an official seal.
(o) Perform such other functions as may be necessary or appropriate to achieve the purposes of this compact consistent with the state regulation of nurse licensure and practice.
(8) Relating to the financing of the commission, the commission:
(a) Shall pay, or provide for the payment of, the reasonable expenses of its establishment, organization, and ongoing activities.
(b) May also levy and collect an annual assessment from each party state to cover the cost of its operations, activities, and staff in its annual budget as approved each year. The aggregate annual assessment amount, if any, shall be allocated based on a formula to be determined by the commission, which shall adopt a rule that is binding on all party states.
(c) May not incur obligations of any kind before securing the funds adequate to meet the same; and the commission may not pledge the credit of any of the party states, except by and with the authority of such party state.
(d) Shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements. The commission’s receipts and disbursements are subject to the audit and accounting procedures established under its bylaws. However, all receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the commission shall be audited yearly by a certified or licensed public accountant, and the report of the audit shall be included in, and become part of, the commission’s annual report.
(9) Relating to the sovereign immunity, defense, and indemnification of the commission:
(a) The administrators, officers, executive director, employees, and representatives of the commission are immune from suit and liability, either personally or in their official capacity, for any claim for damage to or loss of property or personal injury or other civil liability caused by or arising out of any actual or alleged act, error, or omission that occurred, or that the person against whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred, within the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities. This paragraph does not protect any such person from suit or liability for any damage, loss, injury, or liability caused by the intentional, willful, or wanton misconduct of that person.
(b) The commission shall defend any administrator, officer, executive director, employee, or representative of the commission in any civil action seeking to impose liability arising out of any actual or alleged act, error, or omission that occurred within the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities or that the person against whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, provided that the actual or alleged act, error, or omission did not result from that person’s intentional, willful, or wanton misconduct. This paragraph does not prohibit that person from retaining his or her own counsel.
(c) The commission shall indemnify and hold harmless any administrator, officer, executive director, employee, or representative of the commission for the amount of any settlement or judgment obtained against that person arising out of any actual or alleged act, error, or omission that occurred within the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities or that such person had a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of commission employment, duties, or responsibilities, provided that the actual or alleged act, error, or omission did not result from the intentional, willful, or wanton misconduct of that person.
(1) The commission shall exercise its rulemaking powers pursuant to the criteria set forth in this article and the rules adopted thereunder. Rules and amendments become binding as of the date specified in each rule or amendment and have the same force and effect as provisions of this compact.
(2) Rules or amendments to the rules shall be adopted at a regular or special meeting of the commission.
(3) Before adoption of a final rule or final rules by the commission, and at least 60 days before the meeting at which the rule will be considered and voted upon, the commission shall file a notice of proposed rulemaking:
(a) On the commission’s website.
(b) On the website of each licensing board or the publication in which each state would otherwise publish proposed rules.
(4) The notice of proposed rulemaking shall include:
(a) The proposed time, date, and location of the meeting in which the rule will be considered and voted upon.
(b) The text of the proposed rule or amendment and the reason for the proposed rule.
(c) A request for comments on the proposed rule from any interested person.
(d) The manner in which an interested person may submit notice to the commission of his or her intention to attend the public hearing and any written comments.
(5) Before adoption of a proposed rule, the commission shall allow persons to submit written data, facts, opinions, and arguments, which shall be made available to the public.
(6) The commission shall grant an opportunity for a public hearing before it adopts a rule or amendment.
(7) The commission shall publish the place, time, and date of the scheduled public hearing.
(a) Hearings shall be conducted in a manner providing each person who wishes to comment a fair and reasonable opportunity to comment orally or in writing. All hearings will be recorded, and a copy will be made available upon request.
(b) This article does not require a separate hearing on each rule. Rules may be grouped for the convenience of the commission at hearings required by this article.
(8) If no interested person appears at the public hearing, the commission may proceed with adoption of the proposed rule.
(9) Following the scheduled hearing date, or by the close of business on the scheduled hearing date if the hearing is not held, the commission shall consider all written and oral comments received.
(10) The commission shall, by majority vote of all administrators, take final action on the proposed rule and shall determine the effective date of the rule, if any, based on the rulemaking record and the full text of the rule.
(11) Upon determination that an emergency exists, the commission may consider and adopt an emergency rule without prior notice, opportunity for comment, or hearing, provided that the usual rulemaking procedures provided in this compact and in this article shall be applied retroactively to the rule as soon as reasonably possible within 90 days after the effective date of the rule. For the purposes of this subsection, an emergency rule is one that must be adopted immediately in order to:
(a) Meet an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare;
(b) Prevent a loss of commission or party state funds; or
(c) Meet a deadline for the adoption of an administrative rule that is required by federal law or rule.
(12) The commission may direct revisions to a previously adopted rule or amendment for purposes of correcting typographical errors, errors in format, errors in consistency, or grammatical errors. Public notice of any revisions shall be posted on the commission’s website. The revision is subject to challenge by any person for 30 days after posting. The revision may be challenged only on grounds that the revision results in a material change to a rule. A challenge must be made in writing and delivered to the commission before the end of the notice period. If no challenge is made, the revision shall take effect without further action. If the revision is challenged, the revision may not take effect without the commission’s approval.
OVERSIGHT, DISPUTE RESOLUTION,
(1) Oversight of this compact shall be accomplished by:
(a) Each party state, which shall enforce this compact and take all actions necessary and appropriate to effectuate this compact’s purposes and intent.
(b) The commission, which is entitled to receive service of process in any proceeding that may affect the powers, responsibilities, or actions of the commission and has standing to intervene in such a proceeding for all purposes. Failure to provide service of process in such proceeding to the commission renders a judgment or order void as to the commission, this compact, or adopted rules.
(2) When the commission determines that a party state has defaulted in the performance of its obligations or responsibilities under this compact or the adopted rules, the commission shall:
(a) Provide written notice to the defaulting state and other party states of the nature of the default, the proposed means of curing the default, or any other action to be taken by the commission.
(b) Provide remedial training and specific technical assistance regarding the default.
(3) If a state in default fails to cure the default, the defaulting state’s membership in this compact may be terminated upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the administrators, and all rights, privileges, and benefits conferred by this compact may be terminated on the effective date of termination. A cure of the default does not relieve the offending state of obligations or liabilities incurred during the period of default.
(4) Termination of membership in this compact shall be imposed only after all other means of securing compliance have been exhausted. Notice of intent to suspend or terminate shall be given by the commission to the governor of the defaulting state, to the executive officer of the defaulting state’s licensing board, and each of the party states.
(5) A state whose membership in this compact is terminated is responsible for all assessments, obligations, and liabilities incurred through the effective date of termination, including obligations that extend beyond the effective date of termination.
(6) The commission shall not bear any costs related to a state that is found to be in default or whose membership in this compact is terminated unless agreed upon in writing between the commission and the defaulting state.
(7) The defaulting state may appeal the action of the commission by petitioning the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the federal district in which the commission has its principal offices. The prevailing party shall be awarded all costs of such litigation, including reasonable attorney fees.
(8) Dispute resolution may be used by the commission in the following manner:
(a) Upon request by a party state, the commission shall attempt to resolve disputes related to the compact that arise among party states and between party and nonparty states.
(b) The commission shall adopt a rule providing for both mediation and binding dispute resolution for disputes, as appropriate.
(c) In the event the commission cannot resolve disputes among party states arising under this compact:
1. The party states may submit the issues in dispute to an arbitration panel, which will be comprised of individuals appointed by the compact administrator in each of the affected party states and an individual mutually agreed upon by the compact administrators of all the party states involved in the dispute.
2. The decision of a majority of the arbitrators is final and binding.
(9)(a) The commission shall, in the reasonable exercise of its discretion, enforce the provisions and rules of this compact.
(b) By majority vote, the commission may initiate legal action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or the federal district in which the commission has its principal offices against a party state that is in default to enforce compliance with this compact and its adopted rules and bylaws. The relief sought may include both injunctive relief and damages. In the event judicial enforcement is necessary, the prevailing party shall be awarded all costs of such litigation, including reasonable attorney fees.
(c) The remedies provided in this subsection are not the exclusive remedies of the commission. The commission may pursue any other remedies available under federal or state law.
EFFECTIVE DATE, WITHDRAWAL,
(1) This compact becomes effective and binding on the date of legislative enactment of this compact into law by no fewer than 26 states or on December 31, 2018, whichever occurs first. All party states to this compact which were also parties to the prior Nurse Licensure Compact (“prior compact”), superseded by this compact, are deemed to have withdrawn from the prior compact within 6 months after the effective date of this compact.
(2) Each party state to this compact shall continue to recognize a nurse’s multistate licensure privilege to practice in that party state issued under the prior compact until such party state is withdrawn from the prior compact.
(3) Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a statute repealing the compact. A party state’s withdrawal does not take effect until 6 months after enactment of the repealing statute.
(4) A party state’s withdrawal or termination does not affect the continuing requirement of the withdrawing or terminated state’s licensing board to report adverse actions and significant investigations occurring before the effective date of such withdrawal or termination.
(5) This compact does not invalidate or prevent any nurse licensure agreement or other cooperative arrangement between a party state and a nonparty state that is made in accordance with the other provisions of this compact.
(6) This compact may be amended by the party states. An amendment to this compact does not become effective and binding upon the party states unless and until it is enacted into the laws of all party states.
(7) Representatives of nonparty states to this compact shall be invited to participate in the activities of the commission, on a nonvoting basis, before the adoption of this compact by all party states.
CONSTRUCTION AND SEVERABILITY
This compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof. The provisions of this compact are severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States, or if the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is not affected thereby. If this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any party state, the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining party states and in full force and effect as to the party state affected as to all severable matters.