SB 705
Modifies laws relating to emergency management
LR Number:
Last Action:
4/17/2007 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Health and Mental Health Committee (2582S.03C)
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2007

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 705 - This act allows health care providers from any state to provide care as necessitated by an emergency declared by the Governor, subject to approval by the State Emergency Management Agency. In these instances, the professionals shall not be liable for administrative penalties or civil damages for failure to exercise ordinary care. The professionals shall be liable for damages due to willful or wanton acts and omissions in rendering care.

The Governor may suspend rules prescribing procedures for conducting state business when strict compliance would hinder action by the Department of Health and Senior Services during such an emergency.

The Department of Health and Senior Services may suspend rules pertaining to dispensing medications in a state of emergency declared by the Governor, and may dispense under the supervision of a licensed health care provider.

Currently, the State Emergency Management Agency operates under the Office of the Adjutant General. This act reorganizes the agency under the Department of Public Safety.

This act is similar to HB 579 (2007), SCS/SB 889 (2006), SCS/HB 1118 (2006), HB 788 (2007), SB 380 (2007).