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 Saturday, Feb 18 
February Certificate of Need Newsletter (Cabinet for Health and Family Services)
The February Kentucky Certificate of Need Newsletter.

 Friday, Feb 17 
Ky. EMT shoots pit bull attacking teen (EMS1)
EMTs were treating a 16-year-old when the dog began to charge at them; an EMT shot the dog and killed it.

 Friday, Feb 17 
Kentucky Flight Medic earns Tim Hynes Safety Scholarship (EMS World)
The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to enhance, promote and develop a culture of safety within their work environment.

 Thursday, Feb 16 
Madison County EMS sees a spike in overdoses (Lexington Herald Leader)
Emergency personnel have fielded five overdoses in the span of 90 minutes Wednesday night.

 Thursday, Feb 16 
House introduces companion bill to Sen. Rand Paul's ACA replacement (Louisville Courier Journal)
House conservatives joined with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Wednesday to introduce their version of Paulís free-market Obamacare replacement plan.

 Thursday, Feb 16 
Supplemental Paramedic: Methodist Hospital Union County, Morganfield (Union) KY

 Thursday, Feb 16 
Paramedic Full Time: Anderson County Department of Public Safety, Lawrenceburg (Anderson) KY

 Thursday, Feb 16 
Supplemental Paramedic: Methodist Hospital, Henderson (Henderson) KY

 Thursday, Feb 16 
Full Time Paramedic: Methodist Hospital, Henderson (Henderson) KY

 Wednesday, Feb 15 
First responders: Mutual aid agreements save lives and property (Bowling Green Daily News)
Warren Countyís nine volunteer fire departments and the Bowling Green Fire Department regularly assist one another through mutual aid agreements, which means that city and county residents are served as needed by more equipment and manpower.

 Wednesday, Feb 15 
Winter Edition: The Provider
The Winter edition of The Provider, the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association's quarterly newsletter.

 Wednesday, Feb 15 
PAramedic: Carter County Emergency Ambulance Service, Grayson (Carter) KY

 Wednesday, Feb 15 
Paramedic / Firefighter: City of Covington, Ky., Covington (Kenton) KY

 Tuesday, Feb 14 
'He's blue': Louisville rattled by 151 overdoses in 4 days (CNN)
Louisville emergency crews responded to 151 calls of overdoses over a four-day span, a blistering pace that stretched and strained resources. CNN rode along to get a glimpse of the growing heroin crisis. "He's blue," one frantic 911 caller says.

 Tuesday, Feb 14 
Black Lives Matter protesters silence lawmakers after First Responder Protection Bill passes in House (WDRB)
Attacking a first responder would be considered a hate crime in Kentucky under the "First Responder Protection Bill," which passed in the House on Monday.

 Tuesday, Feb 14 
Drug overdose calls keeping ER doctors busy (WHAS)
Patients are even overdosing in hospital parking lots to be closer to help.

 Monday, Feb 13 
Overdose cases spike in Louisville: 52 calls in 32 hours (CNN)
Another week, another cluster of overdoses. This time it happened in Louisville, Kentucky, where Louisville Metro Emergency Services responded to 52 overdose calls between midnight Wednesday and 8 a.m. ET Friday.

 Monday, Feb 13 
New dispatch director right at home in E911 center heís worked in for six years (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
In the lowest depths of the newly built Hardin County Government Building, you never know exactly where you will find Mike Leo.

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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 will not meet during 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • First responders, autism training requirement - HB 389: Feb 15 - introduced in House. Feb 16 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection (H).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Opioid overdose, reporting requirements, operator's licenses, relating to - SB 123: Feb 07 - introduced in Senate. Feb 08 - 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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