ATLANTA (May 9, 2017) – On Monday, May 8, Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 109 into Georgia law. Sen. Michael Williams (R – Cumming) sponsored SB 109 to ensure Georgia’s EMS personnel are able to perform lifesaving duties across state lines.
“I want to commend everyone that worked together to get SB 109 passed with several important components that will benefit healthcare in Georgia,” said Sen. Williams. “This legislation eases the burden placed on our EMS personnel and nurses who represent the frontline in Georgia’s healthcare. SB 109 is certainly a win-win for both EMS personnel, nurses in our state and the patients they treat, and I am happy to see it receive such strong support.”
SB 109 establishes the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA). This compact ensures interstate movement of EMS personnel and authorizes state EMS offices to legally recognize EMS personnel licensed in another state that is a member of the compact. Under SB 109, the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice is also established.
Georgia is the 10th state to sign the compact. Without SB 109 becoming law, REPLICA would not be able to go into effect. Georgia’s approval is significant because it enables the compact to begin and for all 10 states to start utilizing its services.
Additionally, this legislation creates the “Nurse Licensure Compact” and the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators.
Please follow the link below for additional information on SB 109:
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For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2017
For Information Contact:
Ines Owens, Acting Director