COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nursing License Plate Bill (Senate Bill 159), sponsored by State Senator Jim Hughes (R-Gahanna), passed unanimously out of the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday. This bill creates a nursing themed license plate and, pending the Governor's signature, will be available in September/October of this year.
Proceeds from the license plate will help fund nursing scholarships and research grants from the Ohio Nurses Foundation – the charitable arm of the Ohio Nurses Association whose mission is to advance nursing through education, research and scholarships.
"We're thrilled that the Ohio Nurses Foundation has a nursing-themed license plate in Ohio which will fund educational scholarships and research in nursing. It's specifically designed for not only nurses, but for all who support nurses. Anyone can purchase the plate to benefit nursing and its future advancement," stated Lori Chovanak, CEO of the Ohio Nurses Association and President of the Ohio Nurses Foundation.
"I was pleased to work with the Ohio Nurses Foundation to get this measure introduced and enacted into law," Hughes, the bill's sponsor, said. "Nurses are a critical component to our national healthcare system and are always ready to aid Ohio residents whether it is a simple procedure or a grave diagnosis."
"I am very happy to learn that the monies raised from the sale of these license plates will go directly to the Ohio Nurses Foundation to fund scholarships for those who want to become a nurse, one of the oldest and most highly regarded professions in the country," Hughes added.
The Ohio Nurses Association and the Ohio Nurses Foundation began the journey of securing a license plate in 2015. The groups presented three possible images for the license plate and had the public vote for their favorite, with the winning image unveiled May 6, 2015 – the first day of National Nurses Week. The groups also collected well over 500 petition signatures, with many more nurses calling in asking how they could support the passage of this bill.
The bill now sits on Governor Kasich's desk and will be available for purchase 90 days after it receives his signature. The plate will cost $35 and will be available at local Ohio BMVs.
About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit www.ohnurses.org.
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SOURCE Ohio Nurses Association