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 Saturday, Feb 28 
Public access bleeding kits can help save lives (EMS World)
A south Florida town recently implemented a program to place severe bleeding kits in all of the town-owned buildings and train everyone to use the tourniquets in the kits.

 Friday, Feb 27 
Louisville consolidating emergency services into a single agency (WDRB)
Louisville is changing the way it responds to emergencies. The city is consolidating MetroSafe, Emergency Management and EMS into a single Emergency Services Agency.

 Friday, Feb 27 
Paramedic - Part Time/PRN: Owen County EMS, Owenton (Owen) KY

 Thursday, Feb 26 
CPR training bill passes Kentucky House (WYMT)
Kentucky's public high schools would be expected to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to students under a bill that has passed the state House.

 Thursday, Feb 26 
Barren-Metcalfe EMS: $500K worth of new ambulances needed (Glasgow Daily Times)
At the board’s first meeting of the year Wednesday, members were asked for approval for the staff to prepare specifications so it can advertise for bids for new ambulances that would cost roughly half a million dollars.

 Thursday, Feb 26 
One lane now open on I-75 in Whitley County following rock slide (WYMT)
One lane of southbound I-75 at mile point eight is now open.

 Wednesday, Feb 25 
Rockslide closes southbound I-75 in Whitley County (WKYT)
A rockslide is causing a major back-up on Interstate 75 in Whitley County.

 Wednesday, Feb 25 
Wednesday's Forecast: Tracking snow chances overnight (WKYT)
A winter storm is sliding to the south of us, but we are still watching for the potential for it to clip our south and southeastern zones overnight.

 Wednesday, Feb 25 
Paramedic: Ballard County Ambulance Service, LaCenter (Ballard) KY

 Tuesday, Feb 24 
Paramedic - Part Time/PRN: Owen County EMS, Owenton (Owen) KY

 Monday, Feb 23 
No relief in sight from the winter feel (WKYT)
Cold air seems to hang tight the next several days. Snow chances remain in the forecast. Hoping for that warmup on Sunday.

 Monday, Feb 23 
FCC: 911 call location accuracy to improve (Louisville Courier Journal)
In Kentucky, calls to 911 made on wireless phones don't always provide reliable location information to emergency dispatch personnel, despite the fact technology exists to improve location accuracy.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2015 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a short session limited to 30 days that began with Part 1 on January 6. A break began January 10 and Part 2 convened on February 3. Feb. 6 was the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 13 was the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 23 was the last day for new House bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 10 through March 20. The final two days scheduled are March 23 through March 24. 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:
  • 911 emergency services, funding for - HB 418: Feb 10-introduced in House. Feb 11-to Appropriations & Revenue (H).
  • 911 fees, collection of by local governments - HB 190: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Local Government (H). Feb 12-posted in committee.
  • Amusement ride injuries, emergency transport procedures for - HB 525: Feb 23-introduced in House. Feb 24-to Agriculture & Small Business (H). Feb 25-taken from Agriculture & Small Business (H); 1st reading; returned to Agriculture & Small Business (H); posting waived. Feb 26-taken from Agriculture & Small Business (H); 2nd reading; returned to Agriculture & Small Business (H). Feb 27-reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent Bill; taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015.
  • Boating safety, electric shock drowning prevention, marina requirements for - HB 385: Feb 9-introduced in House. Feb 10-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - HB 213: Feb 9-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Feb 10-taken from Judiciary (H); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (H); floor amendment (1) filed; posting waived. Feb 11-floor amendment (2) filed ; reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with committee amendment (1). Feb 12-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015; floor amendments (3) (4) (5) and (6) filed. Feb 13-3rd reading; floor amendment (1) defeated ; passed 98-0 with committee amendment (1), floor amendments (3) (5) and (6). Feb 19-received in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S). Feb 20-to Judiciary (S).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - HB 61: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - SB 5: Jan 6-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S). Jan 7-taken from Committee on Committees (S); 2nd reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Judiciary (S). Jan 8-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 8, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 36-0 with Committee Substitute. Jan 9-received in House. Feb 9-to Judiciary (H). Feb 23-posted in committee
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 112: Jan 6-introduced in House. Jan 8-to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 3: Jan 6-introduced in House. Jan 8-to Health & Welfare (H); floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed. Jan 8-to Health & Welfare (H); floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed. Feb 3-posted in committee.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 53: Nov 11-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 83: Dec 10-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 8-Withdrawn.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols, relating to - HB 50: Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • CPR training in high school, requirement for - HB 249: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Education (H). Feb 13-posting waived. Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2015. Feb 26-3rd reading, passed 94-1. Feb 27-received in Senate.
  • Death in the line of duty, benefits, eligiblity for - SB 175: Feb 13-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to State & Local Government (S).
  • Emergency 911 services, funding for - SB 202: Feb 13-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S).
  • Emergency allergy treatment, requirements - HB 139: Jan 7-introduced in House. Jan 9-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 10-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day.
  • Emergency departments, requiring Medicaid MCO coverage of emergency medical conditions - HB 283: Feb 4-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 13-posted in committee. Feb 23-posting withdrawn.
  • Emergency departments, requiring Medicaid MCO coverage of emergency medical conditions - SB 88: Feb 3-introduced in Senate. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (S).
  • Health, require notice of air ambulance coverage and cost of coverage if provided - HB 171: Jan 9-introduced in House. Feb 3-to Banking & Insurance (H). Feb 6-posted in committee. Feb 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute. Feb 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 17, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015. Feb 24-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute. Feb 25-received in Senate.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, continuing education update - HB 248: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 10-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day. Feb 24-floor amendment (1) filed. Feb 25-3rd reading, passed 98-0 with floor amendment (1). Feb 26-received in Senate.
  • Medical order for scope of treatment, permit to direct medical interventions - SB 77: Jan 9-introduced in Senate. Feb 3-to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 5-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 10-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 10, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 32-3; received in House. Feb 11-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015.
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - HB 398: Feb 10-introduced in House. Feb 11-to Judiciary (H).
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - SB 6: Feb 3-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-taken from Health & Welfare (S); 2nd reading; returned to Health & Welfare (S); floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6-title) (7-title) (8) (9) and (10) filed. Feb 5-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) and (18) filed to Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 5, 2015; 3rd reading; floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (8) (9) and (10) withdrawn ; floor amendments (6-title) and (7-title) ruled out of order ; passed 24-12 with Committee Substitute. Feb 6-received in House. Feb 9-to Judiciary (H).
  • Naloxone, allow administration to third parties by first responders and others - HB 253: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 9-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; returned to Rules. Feb 24-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 26, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day.
  • Naloxone, prescribing, dispensing, and use of - HB 105: Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Personnel, honoring death of, U.S. flag half-staff - SB 161: Feb 12-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S). Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules.
  • Providers, eligibility for in-the-line-of-duty death benefits - HB 159: Jan 8-introduced in House. Jan 9-to Appropriations & Revenue (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 25-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (H); 1st reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (H).
  • Stroke, require establishment of protocol regarding - SB 10: Feb 3-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 5-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 5, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 36-0. Feb 6-received in House. Feb 9-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day.
  • Substance abuse, treatment of - HB 41: Sep 26-Prefiled by the sponsor. To Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Training, suggested annual training on Alzheimer's disease - HR 46: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H).

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