Sen. Michael W. Frerichs

Filed: 5/8/2013





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3186 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
5Act is amended by changing Section 3.50 as follows:
6    (210 ILCS 50/3.50)
7    Sec. 3.50. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Licensure.
8    (a) "Emergency Medical Technician-Basic" or "EMT-B" means
9a person who has successfully completed a course of instruction
10in basic life support as prescribed by the Department, is
11currently licensed by the Department in accordance with
12standards prescribed by this Act and rules adopted by the
13Department pursuant to this Act, and practices within an EMS
15    (b) "Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate" or "EMT-I"
16means a person who has successfully completed a course of



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1instruction in intermediate life support as prescribed by the
2Department, is currently licensed by the Department in
3accordance with standards prescribed by this Act and rules
4adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and practices
5within an Intermediate or Advanced Life Support EMS System.
6    (c) "Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic" or "EMT-P"
7means a person who has successfully completed a course of
8instruction in advanced life support care as prescribed by the
9Department, is licensed by the Department in accordance with
10standards prescribed by this Act and rules adopted by the
11Department pursuant to this Act, and practices within an
12Advanced Life Support EMS System.
13    (d) The Department shall have the authority and
14responsibility to:
15        (1) Prescribe education and training requirements,
16    which includes training in the use of epinephrine, for all
17    levels of EMT, based on the respective national curricula
18    of the United States Department of Transportation and any
19    modifications to such curricula specified by the
20    Department through rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
21        (2) Prescribe licensure testing requirements for all
22    levels of EMT, which shall include a requirement that all
23    phases of instruction, training, and field experience be
24    completed before taking the EMT licensure examination.
25    Candidates may elect to take the National Registry of
26    Emergency Medical Technicians examination in lieu of the



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1    Department's examination, but are responsible for making
2    their own arrangements for taking the National Registry
3    examination. In prescribing licensure testing requirements
4    for honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the
5    United States under this paragraph (2), the Department
6    shall ensure that a candidate's military emergency medical
7    training, emergency medical curriculum completed, and
8    clinical experience, as described in paragraph (2.5), are
9    recognized.
10        (2.5) Review applications for EMT licensure from
11    honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the
12    United States with military emergency medical training.
13    Applications shall be filed with the Department within one
14    year after military discharge and shall contain: (i) proof
15    of successful completion of military emergency medical
16    training; (ii) a detailed description of the emergency
17    medical curriculum completed; and (iii) a detailed
18    description of the applicant's clinical experience. The
19    Department may request additional and clarifying
20    information. The Department shall evaluate the
21    application, including the applicant's training and
22    experience, consistent with the standards set forth under
23    subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of Section 3.10. If the
24    application clearly demonstrates that the training and
25    experience meets such standards, the Department shall
26    offer the applicant the opportunity to successfully



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1    complete a Department-approved EMT examination for which
2    the applicant is qualified. Upon passage of an examination,
3    the Department shall issue a license, which shall be
4    subject to all provisions of this Act that are otherwise
5    applicable to the class of EMT license issued.
6        (3) License individuals as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P
7    who have met the Department's education, training and
8    examination requirements.
9        (4) Prescribe annual continuing education and
10    relicensure requirements for all levels of EMT.
11        (5) Relicense individuals as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P
12    every 4 years, based on their compliance with continuing
13    education and relicensure requirements. Every 4 years, an
14    EMT-P shall have 100 hours of approved continuing
15    education, an EMT-I and an advanced EMT shall have 80 hours
16    of approved continuing education, and EMT-B shall have 60
17    hours of approved continuing education. An Illinois
18    licensed Emergency Medical Technician whose license has
19    been expired for less than 36 months may apply for
20    reinstatement by the Department. Reinstatement shall
21    require that the applicant (i) submit satisfactory proof of
22    completion of continuing medical education and clinical
23    requirements to be prescribed by the Department in an
24    administrative rule; (ii) submit a positive recommendation
25    from an Illinois EMS Medical Director attesting to the
26    applicant's qualifications for retesting; and (iii) pass a



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1    Department approved test for the level of EMT license
2    sought to be reinstated.
3        (6) Grant inactive status to any EMT who qualifies,
4    based on standards and procedures established by the
5    Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
6        (7) Charge a fee for EMT examination, licensure, and
7    license renewal.
8        (8) Suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew the
9    license of any licensee, after an opportunity for an
10    impartial hearing before a neutral administrative law
11    judge appointed by the Director, where the preponderance of
12    the evidence shows one or more of the following:
13            (A) The licensee has not met continuing education
14        or relicensure requirements as prescribed by the
15        Department;
16            (B) The licensee has failed to maintain
17        proficiency in the level of skills for which he or she
18        is licensed;
19            (C) The licensee, during the provision of medical
20        services, engaged in dishonorable, unethical, or
21        unprofessional conduct of a character likely to
22        deceive, defraud, or harm the public;
23            (D) The licensee has failed to maintain or has
24        violated standards of performance and conduct as
25        prescribed by the Department in rules adopted pursuant
26        to this Act or his or her EMS System's Program Plan;



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1            (E) The licensee is physically impaired to the
2        extent that he or she cannot physically perform the
3        skills and functions for which he or she is licensed,
4        as verified by a physician, unless the person is on
5        inactive status pursuant to Department regulations;
6            (F) The licensee is mentally impaired to the extent
7        that he or she cannot exercise the appropriate
8        judgment, skill and safety for performing the
9        functions for which he or she is licensed, as verified
10        by a physician, unless the person is on inactive status
11        pursuant to Department regulations;
12            (G) The licensee has violated this Act or any rule
13        adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act; or
14            (H) The licensee has been convicted (or entered a
15        plea of guilty or nolo-contendere) by a court of
16        competent jurisdiction of a Class X, Class 1, or Class
17        2 felony in this State or an out-of-state equivalent
18        offense.
19    (9) An EMT who is a member of the Illinois National Guard
20or an Illinois State Trooper or who exclusively serves as a
21volunteer for units of local government with a population base
22of less than 5,000 or as a volunteer for a not-for-profit
23organization that serves a service area with a population base
24of less than 5,000 may submit an application to the Department
25for a waiver of the these fees described under paragraph (7) on
26a form prescribed by the Department.



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1    The education requirements prescribed by the Department
2under this subsection must allow for the suspension of those
3requirements in the case of a member of the armed services or
4reserve forces of the United States or a member of the Illinois
5National Guard who is on active duty pursuant to an executive
6order of the President of the United States, an act of the
7Congress of the United States, or an order of the Governor at
8the time that the member would otherwise be required to fulfill
9a particular education requirement. Such a person must fulfill
10the education requirement within 6 months after his or her
11release from active duty.
12    (e) In the event that any rule of the Department or an EMS
13Medical Director that requires testing for drug use as a
14condition for EMT licensure conflicts with or duplicates a
15provision of a collective bargaining agreement that requires
16testing for drug use, that rule shall not apply to any person
17covered by the collective bargaining agreement.
18(Source: P.A. 96-540, eff. 8-17-09; 96-1149, eff. 7-21-10;
1996-1469, eff. 1-1-11; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11; 97-509, eff.
208-23-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-1014, eff. 1-1-13; revised