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  H.B. No. 1412
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regional emergency medical dispatch resource
  centers program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 771.102, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.102.  ESTABLISHMENT OF THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL
  DISPATCH RESOURCE CENTERS [PILOT] PROGRAM.  (a)  The center, with
  the assistance of the advisory council appointed under Section
  773.012, shall establish a [pilot] program to use [test the
  efficacy of using] emergency medical dispatchers located in [a]
  regional emergency medical dispatch resource centers [center] to
  provide life-saving and other emergency medical instructions to
  persons who need guidance while awaiting the arrival of emergency
  medical personnel. The purpose of a regional emergency medical
  dispatch resource center is not to dispatch personnel or equipment
  resources but to serve as a resource to provide pre-arrival
  instructions that may be accessed by selected public safety
  answering points that are not adequately staffed or funded to
  provide those services.
         (b)  The commission shall provide technical assistance to
  the center to facilitate the implementation of the [pilot] project.
         (c)  The center, with the assistance of the advisory council,
  shall:
               (1)  design criteria and protocols and provide
  oversight as needed to conduct the [pilot] program;
               (2)  collect the necessary data to evaluate [the
  outcome of] the [pilot] program; and
               (3)  report its findings to the legislature.
         SECTION 2.  Section 771.103, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.103.  PARTICIPATION IN [PILOT] PROGRAM.  (a)  The
  center shall determine which public safety answering points are
  interested in participating in the [pilot] program.
         (b)  Participating public safety answering points must agree
  to participate in any required training and to provide regular
  reports required by the center for the [pilot] program.
         SECTION 3.  Section 771.104, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.104.  SELECTION OF PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND
  REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL DISPATCH RESOURCE CENTERS.  (a)  The
  center, with the assistance of the advisory council, may select
  public safety answering points to participate in the [pilot]
  program or to serve as regional emergency medical dispatch resource
  centers. A public safety answering point may participate in the
  [pilot] program and serve as a regional emergency medical dispatch
  resource center. A public safety answering point selected for the
  [pilot] program or to serve as a resource center must:
               (1)  have a fully functional quality assurance program
  that measures each emergency medical dispatcher's compliance with
  the medical protocol;
               (2)  have dispatch personnel who meet the requirements
  for emergency medical dispatcher certification or the equivalent as
  determined by the Department of State Health Services;
               (3)  use emergency medical dispatch protocols approved
  by a physician medical director knowledgeable in emergency medical
  dispatch;
               (4)  have sufficient experience in providing
  pre-arrival instructions; and
               (5)  have sufficient resources to handle the additional
  workload and responsibilities of the [pilot] program.
         (b)  In selecting an existing public safety answering point
  to act as a resource center, the center shall consider a public
  safety answering point's ability to keep records and produce
  reports to measure the effectiveness of the [pilot] program. The
  center shall share information regarding a public safety answering
  point's abilities with the advisory council.
         SECTION 4.  Section 771.106, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.106.  FUNDING OF [PILOT] PROGRAM.  (a)  Money in the
  9-1-1 services fee fund and other state funds may be appropriated to
  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on behalf of the
  center to fund the [pilot] program.
         (b)  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on
  behalf of the center and the center are also authorized to seek
  grant funding for the [pilot] program.
         (c)  A political subdivision that participates in the
  [pilot] program may pay an appropriate share of the cost of the
  [pilot] program.
         (d)  The provisions in this subchapter that require the
  center to establish, conduct, and evaluate the [pilot] program are
  contingent on the center receiving funding in accordance with this
  section. If a sufficient number of political subdivisions in a
  region that could be served by a [pilot] program offer to pay the
  center an amount that in the aggregate, together with any other
  funding received under this section, is sufficient to fund the
  [pilot] program for the region, The University of Texas Medical
  Branch at Galveston, on behalf of the center:
               (1)  shall enter into contracts with the offering
  political subdivisions under which each will pay an appropriate
  share of the cost; and
               (2)  when the amount under the signed contracts,
  together with any other funding received under this section, is
  sufficient to fund the [pilot] program for the region, shall
  implement the [pilot] program for the region.
         SECTION 5.  Section 771.107, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.107.  REPORT TO LEGISLATURE.  The center shall
  biennially report its findings to the governor, the presiding
  officer of each house of the legislature, and the advisory council
  no later than January 1 of each odd-numbered year [through 2009].
         SECTION 6.  Section 771.109, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 771.109.  WORK GROUP.  (a)  The center may appoint a
  [pilot] program work group to assist the center in developing,
  implementing, and evaluating the [pilot] program and preparing a
  report on the center's findings.
         (b)  A member of the work group receives no additional
  compensation for serving on the [pilot] program work group and may
  not be reimbursed for travel or other expenses incurred while
  conducting the business of the [pilot] program work group.
         (c)  The [pilot] program work group is not subject to Chapter
  2110, Government Code.
         SECTION 7.  Section 771.110, Health and Safety Code, is
  repealed.
         SECTION 8.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1412 was passed by the House on May 4,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1412 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor