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Minn. nursing board seeks more authority

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The head of the Minnesota Board of Nursing says the board wants more authority to deny licenses to nurses who have committed crimes.

But nursing board staff members also are defending the agency's disciplinary record.

A legislative hearing was held Wednesday in response to a Star Tribune investigative series into Minnesota's handling of problem nurses.

Nursing Board executive director Shirley Brekken indicated at the hearing that the board would benefit from new laws that would give it more investigative authority.

Democratic state Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato chairs the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee. The Star Tribune reports that Sheran said she will explore whether the public should have more access to nurses' backgrounds.

Only government officials were invited to speak at Wednesday's hearing.

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