Last night, Governor Brown released his veto of Senate Bill 538, by Senator Price, which would have extended the life of the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2012. This means that the current Board Members will cease to hold their seats on the Board, effective December 31, and Governor Brown will be able to appoint an entirely new BRN once the Board is re-established.
As a point of context, all regulatory boards include a sunset date which is regularly extended by the Legislature and typically signed by the Governor after a review of the board’s necessity and efficiency.
In the Governor’s veto message, he clearly supports the mission of the Board and specifically asks that the Board be re-established. This will take some sorting out to determine what happens next. There is a possibility that the Legislature may reconvene prior to January to deal with the Budget and that something could be done prior to December 31. However, this is uncertain. Stay tuned for details as they unfold.