Friday March 31, 2017

Here's what passed, what failed in Ky legislative session

Kentucky EMS Connection

FRANKFORT ó Here's a look at what the Kentucky Legislature did with bills that were of interest to EMS during the 2017 regular session, which ended at midnight Thursday.


Blue Lives Matter: House Bill 14 would allow an attack on police, firefighters and other first responders to be prosecuted as a hate crime. Formerly state law only considered it a hate crime if the attack is based on the victimís race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Timís Law: Senate Bill 91 allows a judge to order outpatient treatment for up to a year for some people unable to recognize the severity of their mental illness and with a history of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.

Medical malpractice: Senate Bill 4 will require that a panel of doctors review malpractice complaints before the complaint goes to court.

Fentanyl, other opioids: House Bill 333, would limit some narcotics prescriptions to three-day supplies and create strong penalties for trafficking in any amount of fentanyl or heroin.


Tuition Benefits: House Bill 481 would have granted tuition benefits for emergency medical services personnel disabled or killed in the line-of-duty.

Kentucky Board of EMS: Senate Bill 98 would have transferred the Kentucky Board of EMS to the Public Protection Cabinet.

Autism Training: House Bill 389 would have created an autism training requirement for first responders. However, House Resolution 131 was adopted and urges training on autism for first responders.

Workers' compensation: House Bill 296 was a measure to reduce workersí compensation expenses sought by businesses but strongly opposed by advocates for workers including the Fraternal Order of Police.

Obstructing Emergency Responders: House Bill 291 would have created the offense of obstructing an emergency responder.

AEDs: House Bill 252 was a bill to require automated external defibrillators in public school buildings.

Opioid Reporting: Senate Bill 123 would have created reporting requirements related to operator's licenses in situations of opioid overdoses.