SB 1039
Modifies minimum volunteer ambulance staffing requirements and requires Christian County to appoint an emergency services board upon voter approval of a county sales tax for central dispatching of emergency services
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Last Action:
6/25/2008 - Signed by Governor
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August 28, 2008
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SCS/SB 1039 - This act requires the county commission of Christian County, upon voter approval of a county sales tax for central dispatching of emergency services, to appoint a seven-member board to administer the funds and oversee the provision of emergency services. The board shall include the head of any of the county's fire protection or ambulance districts, the county sheriff, the head of any police departments in the county, and the head of the county's emergency management organizations.

Under current law, each ground ambulance is required to be staffed with at least two licensed individuals when transporting a patient, except for certain counties which are allowed to have only one licensed emergency medical technician, registered nurse or physician in attendance. This act amends current law to allow this exception for any ambulance licensed in the state staffed with volunteers. A volunteer is defined as an individual who performs hours of service without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered, except for a nominal stipend per call to compensate for fuel, uniforms, and training.

This act is similar to SCS/SB 1044 (2008), HCS/SB 845 (2008), and HCS/HB 1711 (2008).