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Governor Scott Walker Signs Specialty License Plate for Nurse Scholarships into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 56 bills into law on March 30, 2016 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.  One of which was Assembly Bill 702, a bill that WNA has fought hard for at the capitol. It was signed into law as Wisconsin Act 328.

The law allows for the issuing a specialty license plate for nurses. The proceeds from the license plate will go to a fund called the Wisconsin Nurses’ Education Fund, that will be established by the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives. The distribution of funds would be determined by an Advisory Council of the Nurses’ Education Fund comprised of several Nursing Organizations, one of whom will be the Wisconsin Nurses Association.

The Wisconsin Nurses’ Education Fund will create a new funding source for education of Wisconsin nurses, recognize the contribution that Wisconsin nurses make to their communities, and expand awareness of the nursing profession as a career option.

The anticipated cost of the plate is $40.00; there will be a $15.00 issuance fee and $25.00 annual donation to the Wisconsin Nurses’ Education Fund. We expect the license plate to be available for purchase no later than next year.

WNA was an active supporter of this legislation through direct communication with legislators and providing testimony to both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Transportation.

WNA wishes to thank all of our members who contacted their legislator asking for support.  Your voice made a difference!

To view Wisconsin Act 328 please go to:  http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/document/acts/2015/328

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