Organization Title


Current Legislation



AB 430

(Hernández, Roger D)   Trauma care systems.
Introduced: 2/19/2015
Last Amend: 4/20/2015
Status: 5/6/2015-In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
Location: 5/6/2015-A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE
Summary: Would require a local EMS agency implementing a trauma care system, as part of the minimum standards, to, among other things, commission an independent nonprofit organization or governmental entity qualified to assess trauma systems to conduct a comprehensive regional assessment of equitability and access to its trauma system, and would require the assessment to be performed in conjunction with other local EMS agencies in that agency's region and the regional trauma coordinating committee (RTCC) established by the Emergency Medical Services Authority for that region.


AB 503

(Rodriguez D)   Emergency medical services.
Introduced: 2/23/2015
Last Amend: 3/23/2015
Status: 5/7/2015-Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and JUD.
Location: 5/7/2015-S. HEALTH
Summary: Would authorize a health facility, as defined, to release patient-identifiable medical information to a defined EMS provider , a local EMS agency, and the authority, to the extent specific data elements are requested for quality assessment and improvement purposes. The bill would also require the authority to develop minimum standards for the implementation of this data collection.


AB 637

(Campos D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment forms.
Introduced: 2/24/2015
Status: 5/7/2015-Referred to Com. on HEALTH.
Location: 5/7/2015-S. HEALTH
Summary: Current law requires a physician to treat a patient in accordance with the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form (POLST form) and specifies the criteria for creation of a POLST form, including that the form be completed by a health care provider based on patient preferences and medical indications, and signed by a physician and the patient or his or her legally recognized health care decisionmaker. This bill would authorize the signature of a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant acting under the supervision of the physician and within the scope of practice authorized by law to create a valid POLST form.


AB 651

(Cooper D)   Public safety officers and firefighters: investigations and interviews.
Introduced: 2/24/2015
Last Amend: 4/9/2015
Status: 5/7/2015-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Location: 5/7/2015-S. RLS.
Summary: The Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act grant certain rights to firefighters and public safety officers, as defined. This bill, in an investigation that focuses on matters that may result in punitive action against a firefighter or public safety officer who is not formally under investigation but is interviewed as a witness in an investigation of another firefighter or public safety officer, would authorize the firefighter or public safety officer who is a witness to have representation in the interview, as specified.


AB 1129

(Burke D)   Emergency medical services: data and information system.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 5/4/2015
Status: 5/7/2015-In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Location: 5/7/2015-S. RLS.
Summary: Would require an emergency medical care provider to, when collecting and submitting data to a local EMS agency, use a system that exports data in a format that is compatible with the California Emergency Medical Services Information System (CEMSIS) and the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) standards, includes those data elements required by the local EMS agency, and uses a system that can be integrated with the local EMS agency's system, as specified. The bill would prohibit a local EMS agency from mandating that a provider use a specified system to collect and share data with the agency.


AB 1223

(O'Donnell D)   Emergency medical services: ambulance transportation.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 5/5/2015
Status: 5/12/2015-Action From HEALTH: Do pass.To APPR..
Location: 5/12/2015-A. APPR.
Summary: Would authorize a local EMS agency to adopt policies and procedures relating to ambulance patient offload time, as defined. The bill would require the Emergency Medical Services Authority to develop a statewide standard methodology for the calculation and reporting by a local EMS agency of ambulance patient offload time.


AB 1300

(Ridley-Thomas D)   Mental health: involuntary commitment.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 4/30/2015
Status: 5/4/2015-Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Location: 5/4/2015-A. APPR.
Summary: Would authorize counties to designate one or more persons to act as a local or regional liaison to assist a person who is a patient in an emergency department of a defined nondesignated hospital and who has been detained, or who may require detention, for evaluation and treatment, as specified. The bill would reorganize and make changes to the provisions relating to the detention for evaluation and treatment of a person who may be subject to the above provisions, including specifying procedures for delivery of those individuals to various facilities.


AB 1386

(Low D)   Emergency medical care: epinephrine auto-injectors.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 4/16/2015
Status: 5/1/2015-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was B.&P. on 4/23/2015)
Location: 5/1/2015-A. 2 YEAR
Summary: This bill would authorize a pharmacy to furnish epinephrine auto-injectors to an authorized entity pursuant to those provisions. The bill would also require an authorized entity to submit a report to the State Department of Public Health on incidents related to the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors, and for the department to issue an annual report summarizing and analyzing the reports submitted to it. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


SB 19

(Wolk D)   Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form: statewide registry.
Introduced: 12/1/2014
Last Amend: 5/5/2015
Status: 5/8/2015-Set for hearing May 18.
Location: 5/5/2015-S. APPR.
Calendar:  5/18/2015  10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE APPROPRIATIONS, LARA, Chair
Summary: Would enact the California POLST Registry Act. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency to establish and operate a statewide registry system, to be known as the California POLST Registry, for the purpose of collecting POLST forms received from a physician or physician designee. A physician or physician designee who completes a POLST form would be required to include the POLST form in the patien's medical record and would be required to submit the form to the registry, unless a patient or his or her health care decisionmaker chooses not to participate in the registry.


SB 287

(Hueso D)   Automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Introduced: 2/19/2015
Status: 5/12/2015-Action From JUD.: Do pass.
Location: 5/12/2015-S. JUD.
Summary: Would require certain structures that are not owned or operated by the state or any local government entity and are constructed on or after January 1, 2016, to have an AED on the premises. This bill would require a person or entity that supplies an AED to comply with specified existing law regarding AEDs, and would exempt a person or entity that supplies an AED from liability for civil damages resulting from certain uses, attempted uses, or nonuses of an AED, as specified.


SB 658

(Hill D)   Automated external defibrillators.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 4/27/2015
Status: 5/1/2015-Set for hearing May 12.
Location: 4/27/2015-S. JUD.
Summary: Would remove the conditions required for the exemption from civil liability of a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency use and any person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located. The bill would provide an exemption from civil liability for a physician and surgeon or other health care professional that is involved in the selection, placement, or installation of an AED. The bill would require a person or entity, other than a health facility as defined, that acquires an AED to, among other things, comply with specified regulations for the placement of the device and ensure that the AED is maintained and tested as specified.


SB 738

(Huff R)   Pupil health: epinephrine auto-injectors: liability limitation.
Introduced: 2/27/2015
Last Amend: 4/15/2015
Status: 5/12/2015-From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (May 5).
Location: 5/6/2015-S. SECOND READING
Summary: Current law requires a qualified supervisor of health or administrator at a school district, county office of education, or charter school to obtain the prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors from an authorizing physician and surgeon, as defined, and authorizes the prescription to be filled by local or mail order pharmacies or epinephrine auto-injector manufacturers. This bill would prohibit an authorizing physician and surgeon from being subject to professional review, being liable in a civil action, or being subject to criminal prosecution for the issuance of a prescription or order, pursuant to these provisions, unless the physician and surgeon's issuance constitutes gross negligence or willful or malicious conduct.


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