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Senate Bill No. 281
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Chafin, Jenkins, Kessler, McCabe, Minard,
Boley, Harrison, Minear and Weeks)
[Passed April 8, 2005; to take effect July 1, 2005.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §16-4C-5 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a
new section, designated §16-4C-5a, all relating to
continuation of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §16-4C-5 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted; and that said code be amended by adding
thereto a new section, designated §16-4C-5a, all to read as
ARTICLE 4C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT.
§16-4C-5. Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council; duties;
composition; appointment; meetings; compensation and
(a) The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council,
heretofore created and established by former section seven of this article, is continued for the purpose of developing, with the
Commissioner, standards for emergency medical service personnel and
for the purpose of providing advice to the Office of Emergency
Medical Services and the Commissioner with respect to reviewing and
making recommendations for, and providing assistance to, the
establishment and maintenance of adequate emergency medical
services for all portions of this state.
(b) The Council shall have the duty to advise the Commissioner
in all matters pertaining to his or her duties and functions in
relation to carrying out the purposes of this article.
(c) The Council shall be composed of fifteen members appointed
by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The Mountain State Emergency Medical Services Association shall
submit to the Governor a list of six names of representatives from
its Association and a list of three names shall be submitted to the
Governor of representatives of their respective organizations by
the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia, the West
Virginia State Firemen's Association, the West Virginia Hospital
Association, the West Virginia Chapter of the American College of
Emergency Physicians, the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services
Administrators Association, the West Virginia Emergency Medical
Services Coalition, the Ambulance Association of West Virginia and
the state Department of Education. The Governor shall appoint from
the respective lists submitted two persons who represent the Mountain State Emergency Medical Services Association, one of whom
shall be a paramedic and one of whom shall be an emergency medical
technician-basic; and one person from the County Commissioners'
Association of West Virginia, the West Virginia State Firemen's
Association, the West Virginia Hospital Association, the West
Virginia Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians,
the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Administrators
Association, the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services
Coalition, the Ambulance Association of West Virginia and the state
Department of Education. In addition, the Governor shall appoint
one person to represent emergency medical service providers
operating within the state, one person to represent small emergency
medical service providers operating within this state and three
persons to represent the general public. Not more than six of the
members may be appointed from any one congressional district.
(d) Each term is to be for three years and no member may serve
more than four consecutive terms.
(e) The Council shall choose its own chairman and meet at the
call of the Commissioner at least twice a year.
(f) The members of the Council shall receive compensation and
expense reimbursement in an amount not to exceed the same
compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the
Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the Citizens
Legislative Compensation Commission and authorized by law for each day or substantial portion thereof engaged in the performance of
§16-4C-5a. Continuation of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council shall
continue to exist until the first day of July, two thousand eight,
unless sooner terminated, continued or reestablished.