TAXATION – AMBULANCE FUEL TAX
During the first half of the 127th session, we tracked LD 315, An Act To Provide a Refund of Fuel Taxes to Maine Ambulance Companies, which would have provided a fuel tax exemption to all ambulance service companies and associations in Maine, including those that have a contract with a political subdivision and those that do not.
This legislation was not passed in the Taxation Committee, but remains a topic of interest for the Association. You can read Tim Beals testimony before the committee by clicking here: MAA Testimony
COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE PILOT PROJECTS
The Legislature did pass LD 629, An Act Regarding Community Paramedicine Pilot Projects, allowing the Emergency Medical Services’ Board establish an unlimited number of pilot projects for the purpose of developing and evaluating a community paramedicine program. There is also no time limitation on these projects.
This emergency legislation went into effect on May 19, 2015, as Public Law, Chapter 92.
LD 818, An Act To Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 passed into law during the first session, making changes to align the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 law with the Emergency Medical Services rules and the national scope of practice levels by changing the term “first responder” to “emergency medical responder.”
- Removed a requirement that the Emergency Medical Services’ Board or its staff must request the Attorney General to file a complaint in District Court to commence either full or emergency proceedings to suspend a license for more than a year or to revoke a license when the board or its staff concludes to so suspend or revoke the license is in order;
- Required applicants and licensees to notify the Emergency Medical Services’ Board regarding name and address changes, criminal convictions, actions taken by another regulatory agency against any of their occupational and professional licenses and material changes to their conditions and qualifications set forth in their original applications for licensure;
- Gave the Emergency Medical Services’ Board has the power and duty to appoint or approve the members of the Medical Direction and Practices Board; and
- Data collected by Maine Emergency Medical Services that allows identification of persons receiving emergency medical treatment may be released for purposes of research, public health surveillance and linkage with patient electronic medical records if the release is approved by the board, the Medical Direction and Practices Board and the director. Information that specifically identifies individuals must be removed from the information disclosed pursuant to this paragraph, unless the board, the Medical Direction and Practices Board and the director determine that the release of such information is necessary for the purposes of the research, public health surveillance or linkage with patient electronic medical records.