Bill to License DACA Nursing Students Reaches Senate


Help is on the way for DACA recipients who were denied the opportunity to get their nursing license in Arkansas.

The House-approved proposal passed through a Senate committee yesterday, leaving one more stop on the Senate floor before going to the governor.

The governor’s office supports it along with a list of others.

One of two fluent Spanish speakers in the Arkansas Legislature filed the bill to allow the State Board of Nursing to grant licenses to these students.

“This isn’t an immigration bill. This is a professional licensure and workforce bill,” State Representative Megan Godfrey (D) said.

The full Senate will take up the bill Thursday, April 4.

Another bill that would allow certain immigrants, including DACA recipients, to get in-state tuition at Arkansas colleges and universities just passed the Senate.

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