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Full Text of HB3186  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act
5is 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
17instruction in intermediate life support as prescribed by the
18Department, is currently licensed by the Department in
19accordance with standards prescribed by this Act and rules
20adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and practices
21within an Intermediate or Advanced Life Support EMS System.
22    (c) "Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic" or "EMT-P"
23means a person who has successfully completed a course of



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1instruction in advanced life support care as prescribed by the
2Department, is licensed by the Department in accordance with
3standards prescribed by this Act and rules adopted by the
4Department pursuant to this Act, and practices within an
5Advanced Life Support EMS System.
6    (d) The Department shall have the authority and
7responsibility to:
8        (1) Prescribe education and training requirements,
9    which includes training in the use of epinephrine, for all
10    levels of EMT, based on the respective national curricula
11    of the United States Department of Transportation and any
12    modifications to such curricula specified by the
13    Department through rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
14        (2) Prescribe licensure testing requirements for all
15    levels of EMT, which shall include a requirement that all
16    phases of instruction, training, and field experience be
17    completed before taking the EMT licensure examination.
18    Candidates may elect to take the National Registry of
19    Emergency Medical Technicians examination in lieu of the
20    Department's examination, but are responsible for making
21    their own arrangements for taking the National Registry
22    examination. In prescribing licensure testing requirements
23    for honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the
24    United States under this paragraph (2), the Department
25    shall ensure that a candidate's military emergency medical
26    training, emergency medical curriculum completed, and



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1    clinical experience, as described in paragraph (2.5), are
2    recognized.
3        (2.5) Review applications for EMT licensure from
4    honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the
5    United States with military emergency medical training.
6    Applications shall be filed with the Department within one
7    year after military discharge and shall contain: (i) proof
8    of successful completion of military emergency medical
9    training; (ii) a detailed description of the emergency
10    medical curriculum completed; and (iii) a detailed
11    description of the applicant's clinical experience. The
12    Department may request additional and clarifying
13    information. The Department shall evaluate the
14    application, including the applicant's training and
15    experience, consistent with the standards set forth under
16    subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of Section 3.10. If the
17    application clearly demonstrates that the training and
18    experience meets such standards, the Department shall
19    offer the applicant the opportunity to successfully
20    complete a Department-approved EMT examination for which
21    the applicant is qualified. Upon passage of an examination,
22    the Department shall issue a license, which shall be
23    subject to all provisions of this Act that are otherwise
24    applicable to the class of EMT license issued.
25        (3) License individuals as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P
26    who have met the Department's education, training and



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1    examination requirements.
2        (4) Prescribe annual continuing education and
3    relicensure requirements for all levels of EMT.
4        (5) Relicense individuals as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P
5    every 4 years, based on their compliance with continuing
6    education and relicensure requirements. Every 4 years, an
7    EMT-P shall have 100 hours of approved continuing
8    education, an EMT-I and an advanced EMT shall have 80 hours
9    of approved continuing education, and EMT-B shall have 60
10    hours of approved continuing education. An Illinois
11    licensed Emergency Medical Technician whose license has
12    been expired for less than 36 months may apply for
13    reinstatement by the Department. Reinstatement shall
14    require that the applicant (i) submit satisfactory proof of
15    completion of continuing medical education and clinical
16    requirements to be prescribed by the Department in an
17    administrative rule; (ii) submit a positive recommendation
18    from an Illinois EMS Medical Director attesting to the
19    applicant's qualifications for retesting; and (iii) pass a
20    Department approved test for the level of EMT license
21    sought to be reinstated.
22        (6) Grant inactive status to any EMT who qualifies,
23    based on standards and procedures established by the
24    Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
25        (7) Charge a fee for EMT examination, licensure, and
26    license renewal.



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1        (8) Suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew the
2    license of any licensee, after an opportunity for an
3    impartial hearing before a neutral administrative law
4    judge appointed by the Director, where the preponderance of
5    the evidence shows one or more of the following:
6            (A) The licensee has not met continuing education
7        or relicensure requirements as prescribed by the
8        Department;
9            (B) The licensee has failed to maintain
10        proficiency in the level of skills for which he or she
11        is licensed;
12            (C) The licensee, during the provision of medical
13        services, engaged in dishonorable, unethical, or
14        unprofessional conduct of a character likely to
15        deceive, defraud, or harm the public;
16            (D) The licensee has failed to maintain or has
17        violated standards of performance and conduct as
18        prescribed by the Department in rules adopted pursuant
19        to this Act or his or her EMS System's Program Plan;
20            (E) The licensee is physically impaired to the
21        extent that he or she cannot physically perform the
22        skills and functions for which he or she is licensed,
23        as verified by a physician, unless the person is on
24        inactive status pursuant to Department regulations;
25            (F) The licensee is mentally impaired to the extent
26        that he or she cannot exercise the appropriate



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1        judgment, skill and safety for performing the
2        functions for which he or she is licensed, as verified
3        by a physician, unless the person is on inactive status
4        pursuant to Department regulations;
5            (G) The licensee has violated this Act or any rule
6        adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act; or
7            (H) The licensee has been convicted (or entered a
8        plea of guilty or nolo-contendere) by a court of
9        competent jurisdiction of a Class X, Class 1, or Class
10        2 felony in this State or an out-of-state equivalent
11        offense.
12    (9) An EMT who is a member of the Illinois National Guard
13or an Illinois State Trooper or who exclusively serves as a
14volunteer for units of local government with a population base
15of less than 5,000 or as a volunteer for a not-for-profit
16organization that serves a service area with a population base
17of less than 5,000 may submit an application to the Department
18for a waiver of the these fees described under paragraph (7) on
19a form prescribed by the Department.
20    The education requirements prescribed by the Department
21under this subsection must allow for the suspension of those
22requirements in the case of a member of the armed services or
23reserve forces of the United States or a member of the Illinois
24National Guard who is on active duty pursuant to an executive
25order of the President of the United States, an act of the
26Congress of the United States, or an order of the Governor at



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1the time that the member would otherwise be required to fulfill
2a particular education requirement. Such a person must fulfill
3the education requirement within 6 months after his or her
4release from active duty.
5    (e) In the event that any rule of the Department or an EMS
6Medical Director that requires testing for drug use as a
7condition for EMT licensure conflicts with or duplicates a
8provision of a collective bargaining agreement that requires
9testing for drug use, that rule shall not apply to any person
10covered by the collective bargaining agreement.
11(Source: P.A. 96-540, eff. 8-17-09; 96-1149, eff. 7-21-10;
1296-1469, eff. 1-1-11; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11; 97-509, eff.
138-23-11; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-1014, eff. 1-1-13; revised