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 Wednesday, Mar 29 
Why EMS cares for all patients without bias, judgement (EMS1)
All patients, including terrorism suspects, are treated with the same fairness and respect we deserve ourselves.

 Wednesday, Mar 29 
Governor vetoes bill aimed at providing court-ordered mental health treatment (WLKY)
Supporters of a bill that would have allowed people to petition a judge to order outpatient treatment for individuals living with mental illness said they are shocked to see it vetoed by the governor.

 Tuesday, Mar 28 
5 grant writing tips for fire, EMS agencies (EMS Grants Help)
Quality writing, demonstrated need and staying within the financial parameters are critical in determining whether or not your EMS agency wins an award.

 Tuesday, Mar 28 
Confronting pension crisis calls for reforming benefits structure (SurfKY)
The commonwealth faces more than $38 billion in pension debt with the state employee nonhazardous fund – the Kentucky Retirement System’s largest plan – sliding toward insolvency with a current funding level of only 16 percent.

 Tuesday, Mar 28 
Healing first responders through critical incident stress management interventions (EMS1)
Critical incident stress management is a short-term, psychological first-aid intervention strategy that can help mitigate long-term mental health issues.

 Tuesday, Mar 28 
Part Time Paramedic: Menifee County Ambulance Service, Frenchburg (Menifee) KY

 Monday, Mar 27 
Why EMS agencies need a PIO (EMS1)
Managing the media and public-facing communication is a science unto itself; here's a look at why PIOs are vital and what you can do help them.

 Monday, Mar 27 
Paramedic: Mercer County Emergency Medical Services, Inc, Harrodsburg (Mercer) KY

 Friday, Mar 24 
Ambulance board delays final budget for AG opinion (Advocate Messenger)
After requesting an opinion from the Kentucky Attorney General on the legality of the ambulance board’s tax rate increase, the board has decided to postpone voting on a final budget to next month.

 Friday, Mar 24 
Panel selected to facilitate development of EMS Agenda 2050 (EMS World)
Ten members will engage the EMS community in creating a vision for the future of prehospital care.

 Friday, Mar 24 
Ambulance dispatch debate goes to committee (Glasgow Daily Times)
The debate is still cooking about how dispatching for Barren and Metcalfe counties' ambulance service should be handled, but now a committee has been delegated to work out a solution.

 Friday, Mar 24 
You might want to read this before you say 'Hey Siri, 108' to your iPhone (WLKY)
Some are claiming that saying “Hey Siri, 108” will elicit an interesting response from your phone assistant but that’s not actually the case.

 Friday, Mar 24 
EMS Office Manager: Madison County EMS, Richmond (Madison) KY

 Thursday, Mar 23 
March Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The March Certificate of Need Newsletter.

 Wednesday, Mar 22 
7 ways EMS changes you (EMS1)
For some, EMS has exposed them to the best and worst elements of humanity.

  Wednesday, Mar 22 
EMSEK makes donation to Kentucky EMS Memorial
Emergency Medical Educators of Kentucky presented a $1,200 donation this afternoon to the Kentucky EMS Memorial Foundation.

 Wednesday, Mar 22 
GOP health care debate misses the point, experts say (CNN)
The future of American health care dominates politics this year, but a high-profile team of experts suggests the current debate will not be the prescription to fix the country's entire ailing system.

 Wednesday, Mar 22 
Hospitalizations from gunshot wounds cost $700 million a year, study says (CNN)
A new study sheds light on just how much gunshot wounds cost the United States and self-paying patients for an initial hospitalization. More research is needed to determine long-term costs.

 Wednesday, Mar 22 
Bevin signs ‘Blue Lives Matter’ bill into law (WFPL)
Gov. Matt Bevin has signed the so-called “blue lives matter” bill into law. The legislation gives hate crimes protections to emergency responders and police officers.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2017 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a "short" session limited to 30 days that began with Part 1 on January 3. A break began January 8 and Part 2 convened on February 7. Feb. 9 was the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 16 was the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 17 was the last day for new House bills. The legislature is in recess through the Veto Period of March 16 through March 27. The session is scheduled to end on March 30. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • Automated external difibrillators in public school buildings, requirement for - HB 252: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to Education (H). Feb 17 - posted in committee. Feb 21 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1). Feb 22 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 24 - 3rd reading, passed 92-2 with Committee Substitute; received in Senate. Feb 27 - to Education (S).
  • Board of EMS, transfer to Public Protection Cabinet - SB 98: Jan 05 - introduced in Senate; 1st reading. Jan 07 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S).
  • Boating safety, electric shock drowning prevention, marina requirements for - HB 437: Feb 16 - introduced in House. Feb 21 - to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H).
  • Disabled and retired first responders, disabled combination hunting and fishing license, eligibility - HB 188: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H).
  • Emergency medical services personnel, disabled or killed, tuition benefits - HB 481: Feb 17 - introduced in House. Feb 21 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection (H). Mar 07 - posted in committee. Mar 08 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute and committee amendment (1-title). Mar 14 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 15. Mar 15 - 3rd reading, passed 97-0 with Committee Substitute and committee amendment (1-title); received in Senate.
  • First responders, autism training requirement - HB 389: Feb 15 - introduced in House. Feb 16 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection (H).
  • First responders, urge training on autism - HR 131: Feb 24 - introduced in House. Feb 27 - to House Floor. Mar 15 - adopted by voice vote.
  • Hate crime, offense against emergency medical services personnel as a result of - HB 14: Jul 06 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 03 - introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Feb 07 - posted in committee. Feb 08 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar; floor amendment (1) and (2-title) filed. Feb 09 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, February 13, 2017. Feb 10 - floor amendment (3) filed. Feb 13 - 3rd reading; floor amendment (1) ruled out of order; floor amendment (3) defeated; passed 77-13-1. Feb 14 - received in Senate. Feb 15 - to Judiciary (S). Feb 27 - reassigned to State & Local Government (S). Mar 01 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Mar 02 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Mar 07 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 7, 2017; 3rd reading, passed 33-5; received in House; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House. Mar 08 - enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; delivered to Governor. Mar 20 - signed by Governor.
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - SB 4: Jan 03 - introduced in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Jan 04 - taken from Health & Welfare (S); 2nd reading; returned to Health & Welfare (S); floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5-title) (6) (7) (8) (9) and (10) filed. Jan 05 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute (1); posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 5, 2017; 3rd reading; floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5-title) (6) (7) (8) (9) and (10) ruled out of order; passed 23-13 with Committee Substitute (1); floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16)) (17) (18) and (19) filed to Committee Substitute; floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) and (19) ruled out of order; received in House; to Health and Family Services (H); taken from Health and Family Services (H); 1st reading; returned to Health and Family Services (H) Jan 06 - floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7-title) (8) (9) and (10) filed. Feb 23 - taken from Health and Family Services (H); 2nd reading; returned to Health and Family Services (H). Feb 28 - floor amendment (11) filed. Mar 01 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 1, 2017; floor amendment (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) and (21) filed to Committee Substitute; 3rd reading, passed 51-45 with Committee Substitute. Mar 02 - received in Senate; to Rules (S); posted for passage for concurrence in House Committee Substitute on Friday, March 2. Mar 03 - Senate concurred in House Committee Substitute; Bill passed 25-11. Mar 06 - enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor. Mar 16 - signed by Governor.
  • Obstructing an emergency responder - HB 291: Feb 10 - introduced in House. Feb 14 - to Small Business & Information Technology (H). Feb 15 - posted in committee. Feb 16 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute (1). Feb 17 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 21 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 22. Feb 22 - 3rd reading, passed 99-0 with Committee Substitute (1). Feb 23 - received in Senate. Feb 24 - to Judiciary (S). Mar 06 - taken from Judiciary (S); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (S). Mar 07 - taken from Judiciary (S); 2nd reading; returned to Judiciary (S). Mar 14 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute. Mar 15 - floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute.
  • Opioid overdose, reporting requirements, operator's licenses, relating to - SB 123: Feb 07 - introduced in Senate. Feb 08 - to Transportation (S). Feb 27 - taken from Transportation (S); 1st reading; returned to Transportation (S).
  • Personnel, in-the-line-of-duty death and educational benefits, eligibility for - HB 199: Feb 07 - introduced in House. Feb 09 - to State Government (H).

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