Bill sponsored by Bacon allowing EMS to cross state lines could soon be law

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2020) – The House of Representatives on Tuesday supported legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) adding Indiana to the EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, which would allow emergency service providers to cross state lines to save lives.

According to Bacon, each state typically has its own professional licensure requirement for EMS personnel, which prevents them from operating beyond state borders.

“In the event of an emergency, it is important for first responders to be able to cross state lines to help those in need,” Bacon said. “By joining the interstate compact, Indiana will be ensuring better access to key emergency services, while maintaining high-quality training and standards for emergency personnel.”

Bacon said there are currently 18 other states in the compact, with Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky considering legislation.

“By working with our neighbors, we can improve outcomes and service, especially for those living near the state border,” Bacon said.

Senate Enrolled Act 61 is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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CAPTION: State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) presents legislation he sponsored that would allow emergency service providers to cross state lines to save lives by adding Indiana to the EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Statehouse.