Senate BillNo. 700

Introduced by Senator Berryhill

February 27, 2015

An act to amend Section 1797.172 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to emergency medical services.


SB 700, as introduced, Berryhill. Emergency medical services.

Under existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and the Prehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act, the Emergency Medical Services Authority is responsible for establishing minimum standards and promulgating regulations for the training and scope of practice for emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT-P).

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 1797.172 of the Health and Safety Code
2 is amended to read:



(a) The authority shall develop and, after approval
4by the commission pursuant to Section 1799.50, adopt minimum
5standards for the training and scope of practice for EMT-P.

6(b) The approval of the director, in consultation with a
7committee of local EMS medical directors named by the EMS
8Medical Directors Association of California, is required prior to
9implementation of any addition to a local optional scope of practice
P2    1for EMT-Ps proposed by the medical director of a local EMS

3(c) Notwithstanding any otherbegin delete provision ofend delete law, the authority
4shall be the agency solely responsible for licensure and licensure
5 renewal of EMT-Ps who meet the standards and are not precluded
6from licensurebegin delete because of any of the reasons listed inend deletebegin insert pursuant toend insert
7 subdivisionbegin delete (d)end deletebegin insert (i)end insert of Section 1798.200. Each application for
8licensure or licensure renewal shall require the applicant’s social
9security number in order to establish the identity of the applicant.
10The information obtained as a result of a state and federal level
11criminal offender record information search shall be used in
12accordance with Section 11105 of the Penal Code, and to determine
13whether the applicant is subject to denial of licensure or licensure
14renewal pursuant to this division. Submission of fingerprint images
15to the Department of Justice may not be required for licensure
16renewal upon determination by the authority that fingerprint images
17have previously been submitted to the Department of Justice during
18initial licensure, or a previous licensure renewal, provided that the
19license has not lapsed and the applicant has resided continuously
20in the state since the initial licensure.

21(d) The authority shall charge fees for the licensure and licensure
22renewal of EMT-Ps in an amount sufficient to support the
23authority’s licensure program at a level that ensures the
24qualifications of the individuals licensed to provide quality care.
25The basic fee for licensure or licensure renewal of an EMT-P shall
26not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) until the
27adoption of regulations that specify a different amount that does
28not exceed the authority’s EMT-P licensure, license renewal, and
29enforcement programs. The authority shall annually evaluate fees
30to determine if the fee is sufficient to fund the actual costs of the
31authority’s licensure, licensure renewal, and enforcement programs.
32If the evaluation shows that the fees are excessive or are insufficient
33to fund the actual costs of the authority’s EMT-P licensure,
34licensure renewal, and enforcement programs, then the fees shall
35be adjusted accordingly through the rulemaking process described
36in the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing
37with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the
38Government Code). Separate additional fees may be charged, at
39the option of the authority, for services that are not shared by all
P3    1applicants for licensure and licensure renewal, including, but not
2limited to, any of the following services:

3(1) Initial application for licensure as an EMT-P.

4(2) Competency testing, the fee for which shall not exceed thirty
5dollars ($30), except that an additional fee may be charged for the
6cost ofbegin delete anyend delete services that provide enhanced availability of the exam
7for the convenience of the EMT-P,begin delete such asend deletebegin insert including, but not
8limited to,end insert
on-demand electronic testing.

9(3) Fingerprint and criminal record check. The applicant shall,
10if applicable according to subdivision (c), submit fingerprint images
11and related information for criminal offender record information
12searches with the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau
13of Investigation.

14(4) Out-of-state training equivalency determination.

15(5) Verification of continuing education for a lapse in licensure.

16(6) Replacement of a lost licensure card. The fees charged for
17individual services shall be set so that the total fees charged to
18EMT-Ps shall not exceed the authority’s actual total cost for the
19EMT-P licensure program.

20(e) The authority may provide nonconfidential, nonpersonal
21information relating to EMS programs to interested persons upon
22request, and may establish and assess fees for the provision of this
23information. These fees shall not exceed the costs of providing the

25(f) At the option of the authority, fees may be collected for the
26authority by an entity that contracts with the authority to provide
27any of the services associated with the EMT-P program. All fees
28collected for the authority in a calendar month bybegin delete anyend deletebegin insert anend insert entity
29designated by the authority pursuant to this section to collect fees
30for the authority shall be transmitted to the authority for deposit
31into the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Fund within 30
32calendar days following the last day of the calendar month in which
33the fees were received by the designated entity, unless the contract
34between the entity and the authority specifies a different timeframe.