HB 40/LM/CI (BR 132) - M. Harmon
AN ACT relating to personal emergency response systems.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 311A to regulate personal emergency response systems under the authority of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services; define terms, including "personal emergency response system"; set out basic necessary duties of the board, including the addition of personal emergency response system data in emergency run report forms developed under KRS 311A.190; require that providers be licensed to provide personal emergency response systems; institute an emergency 911 response protocol for unanswered voice-to-voice communication responses to customers; list information necessary for basic applications and for notification of the creation of branch offices; establish minimum criteria to apply for a manager's license; forbid the issuance of a license unless the applicant has specified liability insurance; limit local government regulation of personal emergency response systems to charges for use of a police central alarm installation, inspection fees, or discontinuance in the case of multiple false alarms; mandate certification for various key employees of alarm system company licensees; ensure confidentiality of alarm system records; allow local governments to provide personal emergency response systems under specified circumstances; establish controlling sections regarding license and certification renewal, continuing education, and penalties; list exemptions from regulation, including on-duty government employees and certain peace officers; grant the board power to discipline licensees, probate licenses, and seek civil penalties, in conjunction with the Attorney General if desired; set types of offenses and severity of criminal punishments; create administrative procedures and penalties against violators; establish rights of appeal, including staying enforcement of the penalty; direct that combined new sections be known as the "Christine Talley Act"; amend KRS 311A.055 to add personal emergency response system providers to the group subject to discipline by the emergency medical services board; direct that if the emergency services discipline conflicts with the specific personal emergency response system providers discipline, the latter takes precedence; amend KRS 311A.060 to include personal emergency response system providers among those subject to stated penalties imposed by the emergency medical services board; amend KRS 311A.095 to make licensure and certification renewal rules of the emergency medical services board apply to personal emergency response system providers; and amend KRS 311A.125 to allow the emergency medical services board to establish continuing education requirements for personal emergency response system providers.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Oct 3-To: Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations
Jan 8-introduced in House; to Licensing & Occupations (H)