Agenda Item 4
May 14, 2013
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
, Essie McGuire, Senior Legislative Analysti:1\lv
Action: Bill 7-13, Emergency Medical Transportation Use of Revenue
Public Safety Committee recommendation: enact with amendments.
Bill 7-13, Emergency Medical Transportation - Use of Revenue
sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on
March 5, 2013.
Bill 7-13 would set aside 15% of the net Emergency Medical Services Transport (EMST)
Insurance Reimbursement Program revenue to be allocated for the benefit of the local fire and
rescue departments (LFRD's). This Bill would implement the Memo of Understanding that the
Executive signed with the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association
(MCVFRA) in 2012 (see ©9-11). A public hearing was held on April 2 at which all speakers
then-Fire Chief Bowers, representing the County Executive, and representatives of the
MCVFRA - endorsed the Bill.
Amendments A Public Safety Committee worksession was held on May 3.
Committee recommended 2 amendments that all parties reviewed without objection:
(see ©2-3, lines 27-42) would (a) delete language from the 2012 law that
required the Fire Chief to specify each year in the annual operating budget how the funds
allocated to the LFRD's would be used; and (b) clarify that any employees hired by the LFRD's
using EMST funds are neither County employees nor members of a separate LFRD merit
2 (see ©2, lines 11-16) would authorize the funds to be allocated under a
procedure specified in the annual operating budget resolution, rather than allocate the funds in
the resolution itself. The Committee also recommended implementing language for the budget
resolution, which the Council is scheduled to review on May 13.