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 Sunday, Feb 18 
Can Kentucky afford to have 120 counties? (WDRB)
“We have too many governments and counties for our tax base,” said Toby Herald, a Republican House member from Lee County, population 6,580.

 Saturday, Feb 17 
First responders oppose cap on worker compensation (WAVE)
Opponents to a proposed change in Kentucky's worker compensation law say an attempt to cap benefits would further burden injured workers, particularly first responders.

 Friday, Feb 16 
We'll finally see a pension reform bill next week, lawmakers say (Louisville Courier Journal)
Long-awaited pension reform bill will be filed as soon as Tuesday.

 Friday, Feb 16 
50 years in the making: '911, what's your emergency?' (EMS1)
In the 50 years since its inception, 911 emergency response has evolved into an advanced framework helping others.

 Friday, Feb 16 
The top 10 worst 911 calls ever (EMS1)
With 50 years of emergency calls made nationwide, there are bound to be some callers who don’t quite know how to use the system.

 Wednesday, Feb 14 
Not just Kentucky: This week, we saw the real agenda behind pension push. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Corporations have spent four decades taking traditional pensions away from most American workers. Now they and their allies want to do the same to school teachers and other public employees.

 Wednesday, Feb 14 
Kentucky pension reform: Switching workers to 401(k)-like plans won't be in revised bill (Louisville Courier Journal)
The revised pension reform bill will not mandate that any current or future Kentucky public employees be moved into 401(k)-like savings plans because the move would actually cost more money, Senate President Robert Stivers said on Wednesday.

 Wednesday, Feb 14 
Days after controversial email, support eroding in House for 401(k)-style public pensions (Lexington Herald Leader)
Sentiment appears to be waning in the Kentucky House to switch public pension systems to 401(k)-style accounts as Gov. Matt Bevin proposed last October.

 Tuesday, Feb 13 
Plan to raise $600 million a year for pension debt appears dead on arrival in House (Lexington Herald Leader)
State Rep. James Kay last week filed a package of five bills that could collect more than $600 million a year in fresh revenue for Kentucky’s ailing public pension systems with taxes on tobacco, prescription opiates and outsourced labor and potentially raise even more money by scrutinizing the state’s long-unexamined tax breaks. But Kay’s plan appears dead on arrival.

 Monday, Feb 12 
‘Kari’s Law’ requiring direct 911 access to be signed by President Trump (EMS1)
The bill that ensures that multi-line phone systems have direct access to 911 was created after a woman died after attempts to call 911 from a hotel room failed.

 Monday, Feb 12 
Officials: States stealing 911 funds to fill budget gaps (EMS1)
The FCC is seeking to prevent states from using the funds to pay for other government services.

 Monday, Feb 12 
Pocket-size device to test for heart attacks (CNN)
A device developed in Israel could radically change how we detect heart attacks by making the process simpler, quicker and cheaper.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2018 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a long session limited to 60 days that began on January 2. February 16 was the last day for new bill requests. February 26 is the last day for new House Bills and February 28 is the last day for new Senate Bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 29 through April 9. The final two days scheduled are April 12 and 13. 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:
  • Air ambulance, balance billing, prohibition of; billed charges, assumption of; billing dispute resolution program, establish - HB 135: Jan 04 - introduced in House. Jan 08 - to Banking & Insurance (H).
  • Boating safety, electric shock drowning prevention, marina requirements for - HB 254: Jan 25 - introduced in House. Jan 29 - to Tourism & Outdoor Recreation (H).
  • Certificate of need, elimination of - HB 85: Jan 02 - introduced in House. Jan 04 - to Health and Family Services (H).
  • County consolidation, direction of - HB 243: Jan 24 - introduced in House. Jan 26 - to Local Government (H).
  • Elections of governing bodies of certain districts - HB 186: Jan 11 - introduced in House. Jan 17 - to Local Government (H). Jan 24-WITHDRAWN.
  • EMS certification and licensing, update - HB 279: Jan 31 - introduced in House. Feb 02 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Admin Regs (H). Feb 09 - posted in committee. Feb 14 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 15 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, February 16, 2018. Feb 16 - 3rd reading, passed 84-0.
  • Fee disclosure posting by ambulance providers, require - HB 176: Jan 10 - introduced in House. Jan 16 - to Local Government (H). Jan 18 - posted in committee. Jan 24 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with committee amendment (1); floor amendment (1) filed. Jan 25, 2018 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Jan 29 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Jan 30 - 3rd reading, passed 91-0 with committee amendment (1) and floor amendment (1). Jan 31 - received in Senate. Feb 01 - to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S).
  • Mobile command center, local government, use of oscillating lights and sirens - SB 161: Feb 15 - introduced in Senate. Feb 16 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S).
  • Newborn safety device, establishing - HB 167: Jan 10 - introduced in House. Jan 16 - to Health and Family Services (H). Jan 23 - posted in committee. Jan 25 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute. Jan 26 - 2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, January 29, 2018. Jan 29 - 3rd reading, passed 89-0 with Committee Substitute. Jan 30 - received in Senate. Jan 31 - to Health & Welfare (S).
  • Obstructing an emergency responder - HB 22: Jun 05 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 02 - Introduced in House; to Small Business & Information Technology (H). Jan 05 - reassigned to Judiciary (H). Jan 08 - posted in committee. Jan 10 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Jan 11 - 2nd reading, to Rules. Jan 16 - posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Jan 17- 3rd reading, passed 94-0. Jan 18 - received in Senate. Jan 19 - to Judiciary (S).
  • Portable automated external defibrillators in public school buildings, requirement for - HB 278: Jan 30 - introduced in House. Feb 01 - to Education (H).
  • Workers on duty, criminal attempt to commit murder of, classification as a violent offense for - HB 61: Nov 17 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s). Jan 02 - introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Jan 04 - posted in committee. Jan 10, - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Jan 11 - 2nd reading, to Rules; recommitted to Appropriations & Revenue (H). Jan 16 - floor amendment (1) filed.


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