senate Bill S6515A

Relates to the provision of municipal advanced life support first responder service or municipal ambulance service

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  • 31 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Jun / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 05 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6515A

Summary

Relates to the provision of municipal advanced life support first responder service or municipal ambulance service.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9852A
Versions:
S6515
S6515A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3008, Pub Health L

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BILL NUMBER:S6515A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
the provision of municipal advanced life support first responder
service or municipal ambulance service

PURPOSE: This bill provides that a municipality or a fire district
acting on behalf of a municipality, and acting through its local
legislative body, is hereby authorized and empowered to adopt and
amend local laws, ordinances, or resolutions to establish and operate
advanced life support first response services or municipal ambulance
services within the municipality or fire district when they meet or
exceed all standards set by the department for appropriate training,
staffing, and equipment and upon filing with the New York State
Emergency Medical Services Council, a written request for such
authorization. Upon filing, the municipal advanced life support first
responder service or municipal ambulance service shall be deemed to
have fulfilled all the requirements for a determination of public need
for two years. At the conclusion of the two-year period this bill
would require the Commissioner of Health to approve a subsequent
application for permanent operating authority unless the municipality
or fire district failed to meet the appropriate standards set by the
department and/or has caused an impact on services in the surrounding
region.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Subdivision 7 (b) of Section 3008 of the
Public Health Law is amended by removing the requirement that a
municipality or fire district apply to their requisite regional
emergency medical services council for permanent operating authority
at the conclusion of their initial two-year period and instead
requires the Commissioner of Health to approve a subsequent
application for permanent operating authority unless the municipality
or fire district has failed to meet all standards set by the
department for appropriate training, staffing and equipment.

EXISTING LAW: Currently, under § 3008 of the Public Health Law,
municipalities, or fire districts acting on behalf of a municipality
are granted a two-year presumption of need. Upon two years of
operation and the expiration of the presumption, an application must
be filed with a regional council for a determination of public need
prior to the continued operation of a municipal advanced life support
first response service or municipal ambulance service.

JUSTIFICATION: Municipalities that provide advanced life support
first response services or municipal ambulance services have shown
that their services reduce costs, increase efficiency, and generate
revenue.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Cost savings to local governments and
potential generation of revenue to offset first responder services. In
addition, localities currently operating advanced life support first
response services or municipal ambulance services have used such
service to offset large municipal tax increases under the new tax cap.


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall
apply to any municipality or fire district that has a temporary
determination of public need, any application made by a municipality
or fire district for a permanent operating certificate that is
currently in the administrative appellate process or on appeal before
any Court of competent jurisdiction.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6515--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LITTLE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, LIBOUS -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Health  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the  provision  of
  municipal  advanced  life support first responder service or municipal
  ambulance service

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision  7 of section 3008 of the
public health law, as amended by chapter 464 of the  laws  of  2012,  is
amended to read as follows:
  (b)  [In the case of an application for certification pursuant to this
subdivision, for a municipal advanced life support  or  municipal  ambu-
lance  service,  to  serve  the  area within the municipality, where the
proposed service meets or exceeds the appropriate training, staffing and
equipment standards, there shall be a strong  presumption  in  favor  of
approving  the application.] Notwithstanding any other provision of this
article, any [city with a population of fourteen thousand seven  hundred
or  sixty-two  thousand  two  hundred  thirty-five, according to the two
thousand ten federal decennial census, or fire district acting on behalf
of any such city, that] MUNICIPALITY WITHIN THIS STATE, OR FIRE DISTRICT
ACTING ON BEHALF OF ANY SUCH MUNICIPALITY, WHICH applies  for  permanent
certification  pursuant  to this [section] SUBDIVISION at the conclusion
of the two year period [provided in] CONTAINED IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF  this
subdivision,  shall  not  be required to apply to its regional emergency
medical services council [or the state emergency medical services  coun-
cil] for a determination of need, and the application shall be submitted
to and SUCH APPLICATION FOR A MUNICIPAL ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT OR MUNICI-
PAL  AMBULANCE  SERVICE TO SERVE THE AREA WITHIN THE  MUNICIPALITY SHALL
BE approved by the commissioner unless the [commissioner finds that  the
municipal  advanced  life  support  first responder service or municipal
ambulance service has] PROVISION OF SERVICES HAVE  failed  to  meet  the
appropriate  training,  staffing  and  equipment  standards  AND/OR  THE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13644-05-4

S. 6515--A                          2

COMMISSIONER DETERMINES THAT THE MUNICIPAL ADVANCED LIFE  SUPPORT  FIRST
RESPONDER SERVICE OR MUNICIPAL AMBULANCE SERVICE HAS CAUSED AN IMPACT ON
SERVICES IN THE SURROUNDING REGION.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
municipality or fire district that  has  a  temporary  determination  of
public  need,  any  application  made by a municipality or fire district
that is currently in the administrative appellate process or  on  appeal
before any court of competent jurisdiction.

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