Legislative Updates

2017 Legislative Update

The 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10, 2017. Several bills of interest to PAs and healthcare providers were passed during this legislative session, including:

  • Renewal of COPA for four years;
  • Inclusion of PAs as providers who can examine, diagnose, and treat minors infected with a sexually transmitted disease;
  • Changes to the advance practice registered nurse (APRN) practice act; 
  • Establishment of a surgical assistant registry;
  • Passage of the Provider Stability Act;
  • Changes to the Volunteer Health Services Act; and
  • Establishment of a task force to develop treatment guidelines for the use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder in a nonresidential setting.


To view a complete list and description of all the bills passed this year that are of interest to PAs, click here.