HB 385

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Emergency medical technicians or paramedics, certification, tuition reimbursement program by community colleges, Ala. Fire College, and Univ. of South Alabama, Volunteer Rescue Squad Tuition Reimbursement Act of 2018.
Description

To establish the Volunteer Rescue Squad Tuition Reimbursement Act of 2018; to require the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama, in consultation with the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads, to jointly develop and administer a tuition reimbursement program for students that successfully complete an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification program; to state that the program shall be funded by direct appropriation from the Education Trust Fund; and to impose requirements for participation in the program including service with a volunteer rescue squad located in Alabama for a certain period of time.

Subjects
Education
View Original PDF: HB 385 - Enrolled - PDF

To establish the Volunteer Rescue Squad Tuition Reimbursement Act of 2018; to require the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama, in consultation with the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads and the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, to jointly develop and administer a tuition reimbursement program for students that successfully complete an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification program; to state that the program shall be funded by direct appropriation from the Education Trust Fund; and to impose requirements for participation in the program including service with a volunteer rescue squad or volunteer fire department located in Alabama for a certain period of time

Section 1

For the purposes of this act, the following terms shall have the following meanings: (1) ACCS. The Alabama Community College System. (2) ASSOCIATION. The Alabama Association of Rescue Squads. (2) ASSOCIATIONS. The Alabama Association of Rescue Squads or the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments. HB385 (3) EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL (EMSP). All recognized levels of personnel licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health, who have met all primary and/or renewal educational requirements set by the Alabama Department of Public Health, and are allowed to provide medical care within the level of their scope of practice granted by the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) within the Alabama Department of Public Health. (4) FIRE COLLEGE. The Alabama Fire College. (5) STUDENT. A student enrolled in an emergency medical services certification program at a member institution of the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, or the University of South Alabama. (6) VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD. A volunteer rescue squad located in the state of Alabama and is a member of the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads. (7) VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. A volunteer fire department located in the state of Alabama and is a member of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments.

Section 2

(a) The Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama, in consultation with the association associations, shall jointly develop and administer a student tuition reimbursement program for students that agree in the form of an enforceable contract agreement, to provide emergency medical services for HB385 volunteer rescue squads or volunteer fire departments in Alabama after becoming a licensed EMSP subject to the student agreeing to provide 3 years of service to a volunteer rescue squad or volunteer fire department. (b) Tuition reimbursement under this act shall be the actual tuition costs paid by the student associated with obtaining certification. Tuition costs shall not be reimbursed until the student provides ACCS and the association associations with documentation that he or she has successfully completed the approved course of instruction, proof of passing the certification exam, and production of a valid EMSP license from the Alabama Department of Public Health and a contractual agreement to comply with the service requirements. (c) In the event that a tuition reimbursement recipient fails to meet the service requirements for any reason other than extreme hardship as defined within the joint agreement required in Section 5(b), the individual shall be deemed to have breached the underlying contract and shall be liable in the form of monetary damages to the state for the immediate repayment of the total tuition amount reimbursed, plus interest at the rate of 8 percent. The association associations shall notify ACCS of recipients who fail to meet the service requirements. HB385

Section 3

Beginning October 1, 2018, the member institutions of the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama are authorized to enter into contracts with new students seeking to obtain certification as an EMSP.

Section 4

(a) The tuition reimbursement program shall be funded by is subject to direct appropriation appropriations from the Education Trust Fund. (b) Any monies appropriated for the program that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert, but shall be carried forward for use of the program in the next fiscal year.

Section 5

(a) The Alabama Community College System shall annually report on the condition and accomplishments of the tuition reimbursement program to the Governor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Chair of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, the Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee,and the Deputy Director of the Legislative Services Agency-Fiscal Division. The report shall include the number of students participating in the program and the amount of tuition reimbursed for the reporting year. The member institutions of the Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama shall provide this information to ACCS for inclusion in the HB385 annual report. The report shall also include the usage rate percentage for the preceding fiscal year as calculated by dividing the amount of tuition reimbursed by the amount of funds appropriated to the program. If the usage rate percentage for any fiscal year is less than fifty percent (50%), the Alabama Community College System shall make a recommendation in the report to expand the tuition reimbursement program in the subsequent fiscal year to include certification expenditures for volunteer firefighters, subject to continued funding for the program. The report shall be submitted by the fifth legislative day of each regular session of the Legislature. (b) The Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Fire College, and the University of South Alabama shall enter into a joint agreement to implement and administer the tuition reimbursement program, which shall include provisions for ensuring that operational expenses for the program in a fiscal year do not exceed 2% of the funding for the program in that fiscal year, such as limiting the acceptance of applications fiscal year. The joint agreement shall provide for limiting the acceptance of applications for the program and/or limiting tuition reimbursements when necessary. (c) Any monies received for the operations of the tuition reimbursement program, including repayments, interest HB385 and penalties paid because of failure to honor service requirements, shall be used to fund tuition reimbursements.

Section 6

This act shall become effective immediately following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law. HB385 Speaker of the House of Representatives President and Presiding Officer of the Senate House of Representatives I hereby certify that the within Act originated in and was passed by the House 08-MAR-18, as amended. Jeff Woodard Clerk Senate 22-MAR-18 Amended and Passed Concurred in Sen- House 28-MAR-18 ate Amendment

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 28, 2018HForwarded to Governor on March 28, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. on March 28, 2018.
March 28, 2018HWays and Means Education first Amendment Offered
March 28, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-524.
March 28, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 28, 2018HEnrolled
March 28, 2018SSignature Requested
March 28, 2018SConcurred in Second House Amendment
March 28, 2018HLovvorn motion to Concur In and Adopt adopted Roll Call 1081
March 28, 2018HConcurrence Requested
March 22, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 1065
March 22, 2018SOrr motion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 1064
March 22, 2018SOrr Amendment Offered
March 22, 2018SDial motion to Table adopted Voice Vote
March 22, 2018SFinance and Taxation Education Amendment Offered
March 22, 2018SThird Reading Passed
March 21, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
March 13, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Finance and Taxation Education
March 8, 2018HEngrossed
March 8, 2018HCosponsors Added
March 8, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 671
March 8, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 670
March 8, 2018HWhorton (R) Amendment Offered
March 8, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 669
March 8, 2018HWays and Means Education Amendment Offered
March 8, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 668
March 8, 2018HWays and Means Education first Substitute Offered
March 8, 2018HThird Reading Passed
March 1, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar with 1 substitute and 1 amendment
February 6, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means Education
2018-03-28
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-22
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-22
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-03-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed