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First Special Session of the 122nd

H.P. 959 - L.D. 1373

An Act To Implement Emergency Medical Dispatch Services for
E-9-1-1 Calls

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2927, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2003, c. 194, §1, is further amended to read:

     3. Expenditure of funds. The bureau may use the revenues in the E-9-1-1 fund to fund staff and to defray costs associated with the implementation, operation and management of E-9-1-1 and transfer funds to the Other Special Revenue Funds, Emergency Medical Services account within the Department of Public Safety to defray the costs, including necessary staffing costs, of the Emergency Medical Services' Board in implementing the requirements of Title 32, section 85-A. The bureau, to the extent it determines sufficient funds are available in the E-9-1-1 fund, shall use revenues in the E-9-1-1 fund to reimburse local exchange carriers and cellular and wireless telecommunications service providers for eligible expenses incurred by the carriers and service providers. For purposes of this subsection, the term "eligible expenses" means expenses:

The Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the bureau, shall establish procedures for reviewing and approving expenses pursuant to paragraph B.

     Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §2927, sub-§3-A is enacted to read:

     3-A. Payment of emergency medical dispatch training costs. To assist public safety answering points in meeting the requirements of Title 32, section 85-A, the bureau shall provide free training courses for emergency medical dispatchers, as defined in Title 32, section 85-A, subsection 1, paragraph D, or reimburse public safety answering points for reasonable costs, as determined by the bureau, incurred for training courses approved by the bureau and attended by employees of the public safety answering point upon submission by the public safety answering point of adequate documentation of completion of the courses by the employees. The bureau shall provide each public safety answering point a sufficient number of approved Emergency Medical Dispatch Priority Reference System documents in printed or electronic format, as determined by the bureau pursuant to Title 32, section 85-A. All costs incurred by the bureau under this subsection must be paid from the E-9-1-1 fund.

     Sec. 3. 32 MRSA §85-A is enacted to read:

§85-A. Emergency medical dispatch personnel

     1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

     2. Mandatory qualifications. The board, in consultation with the bureau, shall adopt rules governing qualifications for and standards to be observed by providers of emergency medical dispatch services. The rules must, at a minimum:

Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

     3. Prohibitions. Beginning January 1, 2007, the following provisions apply.

     4. Licensing actions. A certification pursuant to this section is deemed a license for the purposes of sections 90-A and 91-A. Before the board or its subcommittee or staff takes any final action to suspend or revoke a certification or to refuse to reissue a certification, the board shall contact the bureau for input on the effect of such an action on the E-9-1-1 system and, notwithstanding section 92, may, to the extent necessary for this purpose, disclose to the bureau information that is designated as confidential under section 92.

     5. Effect on tort claims. Nothing in this section increases any liability that may arise or be limited under Title 14, chapter 741.

     Sec. 4. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.

Emergency Medical Services 0485
Initiative: Provides funds for a staff position to assist the Emergency Medical Services' Board in implementing certification requirements.
FUNDS     2005-06     2006-07

     __________     __________

DEPARTMENT TOTALS     2005-06     2006-07

     __________     __________

Emergency Services Communication Bureau 0994
Initiative: Provides funds for emergency medical dispatch training costs and other required expenses.
FUNDS     2005-06     2006-07

     __________     __________

DEPARTMENT TOTALS     2005-06     2006-07

     __________     __________

SECTION TOTALS     2005-06     2006-07

     __________     __________

Effective September 17, 2005.

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