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       CS for SB 2282                                   First Engrossed
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       20092282e1
       
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to first-responder services; creating
    3         ss. 125.01045 and 166.0446, F.S.; prohibiting counties
    4         and municipalities from imposing a fee or seeking
    5         reimbursement for costs relating to certain first
    6         responder services; providing exceptions; defining the
    7         term “first responder”; providing an effective date.
    8  
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10  
   11         Section 1. Section 125.01045, Florida Statutes, is created
   12  to read:
   13         125.01045 Prohibition of fees for first-responder
   14  services.—
   15         (1)A county may not impose a fee or seek reimbursement for
   16  any costs or expenses that may be incurred for services provided
   17  by a first responder, including costs or expenses related to
   18  personnel, supplies, motor vehicles, or equipment in response to
   19  a motor vehicle accident, except for costs of materials to
   20  contain or clean up hazardous waste in quantities reportable to
   21  the Florida State Warning Point at the Division of Emergency
   22  Management, and costs for transportation and treatment provided
   23  by ambulance services licensed pursuant to ss. 401.23(4) and
   24  401.23(5).
   25         (2) As used in this section, the term “first responder”
   26  means a law enforcement officer as defined in s. 943.10, a
   27  firefighter as defined in s. 633.30, or an emergency medical
   28  technician or paramedic as defined in s. 401.23 who is employed
   29  by the state or a local government. A volunteer law enforcement
   30  officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician or
   31  paramedic engaged by the state or a local government is also
   32  considered a first responder of the state or local government
   33  for purposes of this section.
   34         Section 2. Section 166.0446, Florida Statutes, is created
   35  to read:
   36         166.0446 Prohibition of fees for first-responder services.—
   37         (1)A municipality may not impose a fee or seek
   38  reimbursement for any costs or expenses that may be incurred for
   39  services provided by a first responder, including costs or
   40  expenses related to personnel, supplies, motor vehicles, or
   41  equipment in response to a motor vehicle accident, except for
   42  costs of materials to contain or clean up hazardous waste in
   43  quantities reportable to the Florida State Warning Point at the
   44  Division of Emergency Management, and costs for transportation
   45  and treatment provided by ambulance services licensed pursuant
   46  to ss. 401.23(4) and 401.23(5).
   47         (2) As used in this section, the term “first responder”
   48  means a law enforcement officer as defined in s. 943.10, a
   49  firefighter as defined in s. 633.30, or an emergency medical
   50  technician or paramedic as defined in s. 401.23 who is employed
   51  by the state or a local government. A volunteer law enforcement
   52  officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician or
   53  paramedic engaged by the state or a local government is also
   54  considered a first responder of the state or local government
   55  for purposes of this section.
   56         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

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