BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1041
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
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|Refer House Bill 09-1041 to the Committee of the W||PASS|
The committee reconvened.
02:38 PM -- House Bill 09-1041
Senator Gibbs, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 09-1041. The bill allows a fire protection district board to charge a fee for extrication, rescue, or other services when assisting medical services. He explained that the bill addresses the costs of fire protection for fire districts. Senator Gibbs said the state currently has about 250 fire districts and these districts handle many other services other than fighting fires. He said the bill would allow fire protection districts to recover costs for services such as extraction and the bill will clarify ambiguity in the law.
02:41 PM -- Mr. Paul Cooke, representing the Colorado State Fire Chiefs' office, testified in support of the bill and distributed a summary (Attachment B). He stated that current law is ambiguous about fees for certain services for fire districts. He also said that an average fee is difficult to calculate in these cases. Mr. Cooke responded to questions from the committee about the fees and charges for different situations. He also responded to questions about how fees are accessed and services that are provided.
Discussion continued about the fees and how the bill applies to services that fire protection districts provide. Representative Gerou, prime House sponsor, came to the table to discuss the bill. She explained that the bill will reimburse fire districts for costs when assisting medical services. She stated that fire protection districts provide services to individuals who do not live in those districts, which can cause economic hardship for the districts. Mr. Cooke also further explained that the bill clarifies the definition of emergency medical services.
Senator Sandoval closed public testimony.
|TIME: || 02:56:39 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1041 to the Committee of the Whole, with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed 6-0, with one excused.|
Final YES: 6 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS