H.P. 702 - L.D. 1018
An Act To Require a Criminal Background Check for the Initial Licensure of Emergency Medical Services Personnel
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §85, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2001, c. 474, §1, is further amended to read:
3. Minimum requirements for initial licensing. In setting rules for the initial licensure of emergency medical services persons, the board shall ensure that a person is not licensed to care for patients unless that person's qualifications are at least those specified in this subsection. Any person who meets these conditions is considered to have the credentials and skill demonstrations necessary for licensure to provide emergency medical treatment.
A. The person must have completed successfully the training specified in rules adopted by the board pursuant to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.
B. The person must have successfully completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification requirements as specified in rules adopted by the board pursuant to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.
C. The person must have successfully completed a state written and practical test for basic emergency medical treatment.
The board shall obtain criminal history record information containing a record of conviction data from the Maine Criminal Justice Information System for an applicant seeking initial licensure under this subsection. Information obtained pursuant to this subsection is confidential and may be used only to determine suitability for initial issuance of a license to provide emergency medical services. The results of criminal history record checks received by the board are for official use only and may not be disseminated outside the board. The applicant for initial licensure shall pay the expense of obtaining the information required by this subsection.
Sec. 2. 32 MRSA §85, sub-§4, as amended by PL 1993, c. 152, §2, is further amended to read:
4. Minimum requirements for relicensing. The board shall set by rule the license and relicensing requirements and the relicensing interval for emergency medical services persons. A person who is duly licensed in Maine as an emergency medical services person must be issued a renewal license if the following requirements are met:
A. The person must have satisfactorily completed relicensure training as defined in the rules; and
B. The person must have satisfactorily demonstrated competence in the skills required for the license level. Skill competence may be satisfied by a combination of run report reviews and continuing education training programs conducted in accordance with the rules or by satisfactorily completing the state written and practical tests.
If the person is not duly licensed at the time of application, the person must demonstrate skill and knowledge as defined in the rules.
To maintain a valid license, an emergency medical services person must meet the criteria set out in this section. If those criteria are not met, a person does not hold a valid license and must reapply for licensure.
A criminal history record check for information containing a record of conviction data from the Maine Criminal Justice Information System is not required for the relicensing of emergency medical services personnel.
Sec. 3. Application. A person who received an initial license to provide emergency medical services for whom the Emergency Medical Services' Board has never obtained criminal history record information containing a record of conviction data from the Maine Criminal Justice Information System must submit to a criminal history record check at the time of license renewal.
Effective August 23, 2006.
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