DE HB315 | 2013-2014 | 147th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 14-9)
Status: Passed on September 24 2014 - 100% progression
Action: 2014-09-24 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


In 1999, House Bill 332 established new response time goals and certification standards for the delivery of basic life support and emergency medical services. In order to meet the new standards, volunteer ambulance companies needed to hire paid EMTs and ambulance attendants to ensure the availability of sufficient numbers of trained, certified staff on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis to meet the new response time goals. The authors of House Bill 332 recognized that compliance with the new goals and standards would impose additional expense on the volunteer ambulance companies; however, neither House Bill 332 nor any subsequent legislation has addressed the funding sources for basic life support ambulance service in Delaware. Increased costs, without corresponding increases in revenue, have eroded the financial stability of volunteer ambulance companies. In 2012, 40 of Delaware’s 55 volunteer ambulance companies reported they are now conducting ambulance/EMS operations at a loss. In 2013, House Bill 215 established the Ambulance and EMS Task Force (“Task Force”). In February 2014, the Task Force issued its report on the state of funding of ambulance and EMS services in Delaware and noted, “By some accounts, the public may begin to see diminished ambulance service in as little as 8 to 12 months, if steps are not taken promptly to meet the funding need.” The Task Force made 9 findings and 13 recommendations aimed at addressing this issue. This bill would implement one of the Task Force’s recommendations to improve the funding of basic life support ambulance services in Delaware by establishing a $10 assessment on all violations of Title 21 and creating a Volunteer Ambulance Company Fund. The moneys collected would be earmarked for volunteer ambulance companies and distributed on a pro rata basis by the State Fire Prevention Commission.

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An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Fines, Costs, Penalties, And Forfeitures.


Roll Calls

2014-06-30 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2014-06-30 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 20 N: 1 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2014-06-25 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 15 N: 4 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [FAIL]
2014-06-03 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]


2014-09-24SenateSigned by Governor
2014-06-30HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-30SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 1 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-30SenateAmendment SA 2 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-30SenateAmendment SA 2 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
2014-06-30SenateRoll Call Rescinded in Senate
2014-06-25SenateDefeated by Senate. Votes: Defeated 15 YES 4 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-25SenateAmendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 18 YES 1 NO 1 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-06-24SenateAmendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
2014-06-18SenateReported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2014-06-03SenateAssigned to Public Safety Committee in Senate
2014-06-03HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2014-05-07HouseReported Out of Committee (PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY) in House with 8 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
2014-04-30HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee in House

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