WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
Senate Bill 608
By Senators Phillips, Stollings, and Lindsay
[Introduced March 9, 2021;
to the Committee on Health and Human Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §16-4C-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring that the secretary appoint a Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
Article 4C. Emergency Medical Services Act.
§16-4C-4. Office of emergency medical services created; staffing.
(a) There is hereby created within state government under the commissioner of the bureau of public health an office to be known as the office of emergency medical services. A Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services shall be appointed by the secretary to manage the office in a manner consistent with the purposes of this article. The director shall have experience in the delivery and administration of emergency medical services and related pre-hospital care. The director shall serve at the will and pleasure of the commissioner and shall not be actively engaged or employed in any other business, vocation, or employment, serving full time as the Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services.
(b) The commissioner may employ any technical, clerical, stenographic and other personnel as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this article. The personnel may be paid from funds appropriated therefor or from other funds as may be made available for carrying out the purposes of this article.
(c) The office of
emergency medical services as created by former
section four, article four-d
of this chapter §16-4D-4 of this code, shall continue in existence as the office of
emergency medical services established by this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require that a Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services be appointed by the DHHR Secretary.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.