The Advocacy Committee, with the assistance of our lobbyist, will coordinate an approach to advance our legislative priorities in the 66th Legislative Assembly which begins in January. Last legislative session was particularly difficult given the State budget deficits due to decreased oil tax revenue. Although the forecasts are better this legislative session, we still anticipate a difficult session as Legislators are reluctant to increase spending.
The Associations primary legislative intuitive is to protect the funding for the Rural EMS Assistance Grant. This will appear in the Health Department’s Bill. Last legislative session we saw a decrease in the Grant due to budget cuts. Our hope is to restore the grant to its previous appropriation.
We will also submit a Bill this session for REPLICA – Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact. This would make it easier for EMS providers to work in multiple states without having to get licensed in each state. Additionally, the Bill would require FBI compliant background checks for EMS providers. As EMS providers – we are allowed access see patients during their most vulnerable moments, and it is paramount that we institute background checks to protect the public and maintain their trust.
Vision Zero is an initiative led by the Department of Transportation that is aimed at reducing motor vehicle related fatalities. There will be a number of bills associated with this initiative submitted next session and the EMS Association supports the goal of Vision Zero. We will determine which Bills we support and will offer testimony on as they are submitted.
The EMS Advocacy Committee, made up of both NDEMSA board members and members of the EMS community alike, will soon begin to form strategy on what statues and policies need revision as well as how to secure additional funding for the EMS system.
If you have questions or concerns in regards to the legislative efforts of the ND EMS Association please contact our office or visit with any of our advocacy committee members listed on the member page.How you can help:
-Reach out! Talk or write to your local legislatures to inform them about the concerns in North Dakota EMS.
-Testify. There are opportunities for you to testify during the 2017 Legislative Session. Hearing issues from someone who has experienced them first hand, can have a greater impact on some bills.
-Support. Join the North Dakota EMS Association. Check out the benefits of becoming a member here.
-Donate. If you are interested in donating to the advocacy legislative efforts. Your contribution will go towards lobbyist expenses. Donate Today
If you have any questions on how you can become involved, please contact
Corrie Geurts at email@example.com or at 701-221-0567