HB 2498

84(R) - 2015
House Public Health
House Public Health
Emergency services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


John Zerwas

Bill Caption

Relating to a compact with other states regarding the licensure of emergency medical services personnel and the authority of those personnel to perform job duties in this state and other states.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

The bill would amend the Health and Safety Code by adding a chapter recognizing the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact. The compact would allow certain emergency services personnel who are licensed in Texas to provide services in other states belonging to the compact; those licensed in other member states could provide services in Texas. The Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice would be established, and the responsible official of the state EMS authority (or designee) would be the delegate to the compact. The compact would come into effect on the date on which the compact statute is enacted into law in the tenth member state. The Department of State Health Services and the Office of the Attorney General indicate that implementing the provisions of the bill could be accomplished using existing resources.

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/25/2015 update:

This bill was not amended on the House floor or in the Senate committee. We continue to remain neutral on HB 2498.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Eltife.

First chamber recommendation below:

If anything, this bill would increase interstate cooperation between emergency personnel. But because this bill neither affirms nor abridges our liberty principles, we are neutral.