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Legislative Updates

2021 General Assembly

Updated March 1, 2019

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Senate Bill 396:
1977 Pension and Disability Fund
Senator Boots
Amends the definition of "salary of a first class patrolman or first class firefighter" for the purpose of benefits paid from and contributions made to the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (fund). Requires an employer that participates in the fund and provides longevity increases to pay an amount greater than or equal to the longevity increase paid in the previous year. Permits the state board of accounts to examine an alleged failure of an employer to contribute to the fund as required.
Current Status: Passed Senate

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  House Bills Senate Bills

HB1032

Newborn Safety Devices
Representative Frye
Provides for placement of a newborn safety device at any facility that is staffed by an emergency medical services provider on a 24 hour per day, seven day per week basis.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House

 

HB1033

Representative Frye
Removes the requirement that an individual residing in a county that is noncontiguous to a county in which a city is located live not more than 50 miles from a boundary of the city to be a member of that city's police or fire department.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House

 

HB1115

Interfering with Public Safety
Representative Miller
Provides that a person who enters a marked off area after having been denied entry by a firefighter commits interfering with public safety. (Under current law, the offense is committed only if the person is denied entry by an emergency medical services provider or a law enforcement officer.)

 

Current Status:   

Passed House

 

HB1270

Department of Homeland Security
Representative Frye
Establishes a fire chief executive training program (executive training program). Provides that after January 1, 2022, a newly appointed fire chief of a political subdivision must successfully
complete the executive training program within one year of appointment. Makes corresponding changes and technical corrections.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House

 

HB1515

Exposure Risk Diseases
Representative Judy
Adds any variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), including coronavirus disease (COVID 19), to the list of diseases considered an exposure risk disease for purposes of emergency and public safety employee death and disability presumed in the
line of duty.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House
   

HB1057

EMS Immunity
Representative Torr
Provides that an act or omission of a licensed paramedic or a certified advanced emergency medical technician done or omitted in good faith while providing advanced life support to a patient or trauma victim does not impose liability upon the paramedic or advanced emergency medical technician, the authorizing physician, the hospital, or the officers, members of the staff, nurses, other employees of the hospital, or the local governmental unit unless the act or omission constitutes gross negligence or willful misconduct.

 

Current Status:   

DEAD

 

HB1106

Fire and EMS Levy
Representative Olthoff
Authorizes the board of fire trustees (board) of a fire protection district (district) that consists of territory located in west Porter Township in Porter County to adopt a resolution providing that, in addition to any other powers and duties, the district shall establish, operate, and maintain emergency medical services within the territory of the fire protection district. Provides a procedure for the board to obtain an increase of the district's maximum permissible ad valorem property tax levy for fire and emergency medical services if the board adopts such a resolution.

 

Current Status:   

DEAD

 

HB1118

Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs and Safety Plans
Representative Schaibley
Provides that upon disclosure of a patient's individualized mental health safety plan, a mobile integrated healthcare program or a mental health
community paramedicine program may provide certain services to help facilitate the patient's safe transition back into the community. Provides that a representative of a mobile integrated healthcare program or a representative of a mental health community paramedicine program may request a patient's individualized mental health safety plan from a psychiatric crisis center, psychiatric inpatient unit, or psychiatric residential treatment provider if certain conditions are met.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House

 

HB1446

Ambulance Assessment Fee and Fund
Representative Slager
Provides that the office shall establish and distribute a schedule of payment amounts in a manner that reduces the gap between Medicaid rates and average commercial rates. Provides that the office shall
consult with the Indiana emergency medical services association in the development and implementation of the payments. Provides that the fee is in addition to, and does not replace, any state general fund
appropriations to support provider organization reimbursements.

 

Current Status:   

DEAD

 

HB1454

Non emergency Ambulance Service and Physician Order
Representative Baird
Specifies that Medicaid may not deny payment for
nonemergency advanced life support or basic life support ambulance services, when all policies and procedures have been followed, when rendered to a Medicaid recipient. Requires physicians to issue orders for nonemergency ambulance services and specifies contents of the order.

 

Current Status:   

Passed House as Amended

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Senate Bills

SB71

1977 Fund Membership
Senator Niemeyer
Increases to 46 years of age the maximum age limit at which an individual may initially become a police officer or firefighter member of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund).

 

Current Status:   

DEAD
   

SB77

Peer Support Services and CISM Services
Senator Crider
(Current law provides that communications concerning CISM services to an emergency responder are confidential.) Provides that a first responder's communication is not confidential and may be disclosed: (1) to prevent the first responder from committing a crime or fraud that the provider of CISM services or peer support services reasonably
believes is likely to result in death, substantial bodily harm, or substantial economic injury to another;
(2) if it conveys information regarding spousal abuse; (3) if the provider of CISM services or the peer support services was a witness or a party to the incident resulting in the provision of services to the first responder; or (4) if the first responder consents to
disclosure. Provides that a person providing peer support services is not liable for damages for an act, error, or omission committed by the person in performing peer support services unless the act, error, or omission constitutes wanton, willful, or intentional misconduct.

 

Current Status:   

Passed Senate

 

SB232

Exposure Risk Diseases
Senator Ford
Adds any variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), including coronavirus disease (COVID 19), to the list of diseases considered an exposure risk disease for purposes of emergency and public safety employee death and disability presumed in the
line of duty.

 

Current Status:   

Passed Senate

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SB279

Distribution of Revenue for Public Safety Services
Senator Niemeyer
Provides that, subject to the approval of a county adopting body, a fire protection district or a qualified fire protection territory may apply for distributions of tax revenue. Provides that a township that provides fire protection or emergency medical services (other than a township in Marion County) may apply to a county adopting body for a distribution of tax
revenue for public safety purposes. Requires the adopting body to conduct a public hearing to review and approve the application. Specifies the method
for determining the amount of the distribution to the qualified township.

 

Current Status:   

Passed Senate

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SB396

1977 Pension and Disability Fund
Senator Boots
Amends the definition of "salary of a first class patrolman or first class firefighter" for the purpose of benefits paid from and contributions made to the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and
disability fund (fund). Requires an employer that participates in the fund and provides longevity increases to pay an amount greater than
or equal to the longevity increase paid in the previous year. Permits the state board of accounts to examine an alleged failure of an employer to contribute to the fund as required.

 

Current Status:   

Passed Senate

 

 

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