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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 11, 2017 03:42 PM
From: Representative Tim Hennessey
To: All House members
Subject: Prior Conviction Disclosure - EMS
 
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that will require prospective or current emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to disclose prior criminal convictions when applying for certification or
re-certification.

I am introducing this legislation in response to concerns raised by one of my constituents whose minor son, was negatively influenced by a certified EMS provider who had a prior undisclosed criminal record.

Under this proposal applicants for EMS certification would be required to disclose all prior criminal convictions. A prior criminal record will not necessarily prevent certification or hiring by an EMS organization. But a willful failure to disclose would result in an automatic disqualification from or revocation of certification. In addition, this proposal includes provisions that will enhance and detail the criteria upon which the Department of Health may sanction EMS applicants.

Please consider joining us in sponsoring this important legislation.