[r73] Legislation increasing efficiency passes through House

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) authored two bills to increase efficiency for Hoosiers. If enacted, House Bill (HB) 1183 would provide more authority to physician assistants (PAs), and HB 1531 works to streamline the judicial process by incorporating video conferencing technology. Both bills passed out of the House unanimously.

HB1183 increases the scope of practice for PAs. Under this legislation, they would be able to; treat weight loss and obesity in certain situations, write prescriptions with the co-signature of the physician and perform many of the duties delegated by the physician in a supervisory agreement.

“It is important that we allow our skilled healthcare professionals to administer health care treatment in a timely manner,” said Rep. Davisson. “This measure will create more professional freedom for physician assistants in Indiana and provide Hoosiers with better access to healthcare, especially for those in underserved areas of the state.” 

The other bill authored by Rep. Davisson would allow an individual, confined by the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), to appear before the judge using two-way video conferencing technology. The confined individual may also receive a mental health evaluation in the same manner.

“I authored this bill to increase efficiency and streamline the judiciary system through the use of technology,” said Rep. Davisson. “This measure will save the state money because the DOC would not have to fund the transportation of confined individuals to the courtroom. 

HBs 1531 and 1183 will now go to the Senate for further discussion and debate.