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AB-2293 Emergency medical services: report.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/05/2018 11:46 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 05, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 16, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2293


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 13, 2018


An act to amend Section 1798.200 add and repeal Section 1797.229 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to emergency medical services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2293, as amended, Reyes. Emergency medical services: licensure. report.
Existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, governs local emergency medical services systems, and establishes the Emergency Medical Services Authority (authority), which is responsible for the coordination and integration of all state agencies concerning emergency medical services. The act creates the Commission on Emergency Medical Services (commission) to, among other things, advise the authority on the development of an emergency medical data collection system.
The act authorizes each county to establish an emergency medical services program under which the county is required to designate a local emergency medical services (EMS) agency. Existing law requires the medical director of a local EMS agency to issue a certificate to, or recertify, an individual as an Emergency Medical Technician-I (EMT-I) or Emergency Medical Technician-II (EMT-II), upon proof that the individual has met specified requirements.
This bill would require each local EMS agency and other certifying entities to annually submit to the authority, by July 1 of each year, data on the approval or denial of EMT-I or EMT-II applicants, containing specified information with respect to the preceding calendar year, including, among other things, the number of applicants with a prior criminal conviction who were denied, approved, or approved with restrictions. By creating new duties for local EMS agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The bill would require the authority to annually report to the commission on the extent to which prior criminal history may be an obstacle to certification as an EMT-I or EMT-II, and would require the authority to annually submit the same report to the Legislature and make the report easily accessible on the authority’s Internet Web site.
This bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2024, and would repeal them as of January 1, 2025.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Under existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, the Emergency Medical Services Authority (authority) is responsible for establishing training, scope of practice, and continuing education for emergency medical technicians and other prehospital personnel, including Emergency Medical Technician-I (EMT-I), Emergency Medical Technician-II (EMT-II), and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P). Existing law authorizes the authority to, among other things, deny, suspend, or revoke an EMT-P license for specified conduct to protect the public health and safety.

This bill would allow the authority to deny an application submitted by an individual for an EMT-I or EMT-II license and would establish the criteria related to conduct that the authority may consider in denying the application, as specified, and would permit the authority to consider whether an applicant demonstrates substantial rehabilitation, as defined. The bill would allow an applicant 30 days to respond to a denied EMT-I or EMT-II application.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NOYES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1797.229 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

1797.229.
 (a) Each local EMS agency and other certifying entities shall annually submit to the authority, by July 1 of each year, data on the approval or denial of EMT-I or EMT-II applicants. The data submitted to the authority shall include, at a minimum, all of the following information with respect to the preceding calendar year:
(1) The total number of applicants who applied for initial certification.
(2) The total number of applicants with a prior criminal conviction who applied for initial certification.
(3) The number of applicants who were denied, the number of applicants who were approved, and the number of applicants who were approved with restrictions.
(4) The number of applicants with a prior criminal conviction who were denied, the number of applicants with a prior criminal conviction who were approved, and the number of applicants with a prior criminal conviction who were approved with restrictions.
(5) The reason or reasons stated for denying an applicant with a prior criminal conviction, or the reason or reasons stated for approving with restrictions an applicant with a prior criminal conviction.
(6) The restrictions imposed on approved applicants with a prior criminal conviction, and the duration of those imposed restrictions.
(7) Race, ethnicity, gender, and age demographic data for all applicants who were denied, approved, or approved with restrictions.
(b) The authority shall annually report to the commission on the extent to which prior criminal history may be an obstacle to certification as an EMT-I or EMT-II. The authority shall annually submit the same report to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, and shall make the report easily accessible on the authority’s Internet Web site.
(c) Data submitted to the authority pursuant to subdivision (a) and the reports described in subdivision (b) shall not contain any personal identifying information of the EMT-I or EMT-II applicants.
(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2024, and, as of January 1, 2025, is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.