Legislature passes blood draw bill inspired by arrest of Utah nurse

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – UPDATE: Representative Craig Hall’s blood draw bill passed the state Senate Thursday. It’s now off to the governor’s desk. 

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Nurse Alex Wubbels was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak in support of a blood draw bill that aims to protect patients.

This bill comes after the now infamous video of Nurse Wubbels being arrested for not allowing police to draw an unconscious patient’s blood.

The bill unanimously passed through the Senate committee and is expected to sail through to the governor’s desk.

Nurse Wubbels and lawmakers say this will set a standard state wide for all providers.

House Bill 43 would require authorities in Utah to get a warrant, or verbal or written consent from a patient before drawing their blood as evidence.

Lawmakers in the committee meeting talked about how troubled they were when the video came to light last year.

Nurse Wubbels says this bill is another way she’s trying to made the best out of what happened to her.

“We’ve been sort of taking the incident. Which was a horrible and a very negative incident and trying to turn it into something positive for nurses in Utah and throughout the county,” said Wubbels.

Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City) is the bill’s sponsor. No one has spoken out against his bill, and he notes agencies like Utah Highway Patrol support it. UHP already has the same policy in place and noted it wouldn’t interfere with cases.

“They stated it takes an average of 10 minutes to get a warrant,” said Rep. Hall So again there really should be no reason not to get a warrant.”

Other lawmakers also acknowledged how important the body cam footage in the case was. Although it’s not an issue they’re looking into now. Some note it may be something they tackle in the future.

Wubbels attorney notes while her client is still nursing, she also has made an effort to assist 45 people in helping them obtain body cam footage from agencies.

Nurse Wubbels did settle with Salt Lake City Police and the officer in that incident was fired.

This bill is set to easily pass, but some lawmakers are now wondering if body cam legislation will be the next step. You can track this bill’s progress here

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