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Senate Bill No. 281

(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Chafin, Jenkins, Kessler, McCabe, Minard, Boley, Harrison, Minear and Weeks)

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[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;

reported February 24, 2005.]

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A BILL 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 Council.

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 follows:
ARTICLE 4C. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACT.
§16-4C-5. Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council; duties;
composition; appointment; meetings; compensation and expenses.
(a) The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, heretofore created and established by former section seven of this article, shall be 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) The current advisory council members' terms shall end on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six and, pursuant to the provisions of this section, the governor shall appoint an advisory council on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six. Of those first appointed, one-third shall serve for one year, one-third shall serve for two years and one-third shall serve for three years. Each subsequent 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 official duties.
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 five.
§16-4C-5a. Continuation of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.
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 pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of this code.
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(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to continue the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council until July 1, 2008, pursuant to the West Virginia Sunset Law. This bill is recommended by the Joint Committee on Government Operations.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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