Florida Senate - 2016 SB 742 By Senator Hutson 6-00538-16 2016742__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to certificates of public convenience 3 and necessity for life support or air ambulance 4 services; amending s. 401.25, F.S.; requiring, rather 5 than authorizing, county governing boards to adopt 6 ordinances that provide standards for the issuance of 7 certificates of public convenience and necessity for 8 basic or advanced life support or air ambulance 9 services; specifying subjects of standards; providing 10 an appeal process; providing a standard for issuance 11 for denied applications for certificates of public 12 convenience and necessity; providing an effective 13 date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 401.25, Florida 18 Statutes, is amended to read: 19 401.25 Licensure as a basic life support or an advanced 20 life support service.— 21 (6) The governing body of each county shall
mayadopt 22 ordinances that provide reasonable standards for the issuance of 23 certificates of public convenience and necessity to provide for24 basic or advanced life support services or andair ambulance 25 services, including, but not limited to, standards regarding 26 trained personnel staffing, equipment, and response times to 27 life support calls. In developing standards for certificates of 28 public convenience and necessity, the governing body of each 29 county must consider state guidelines, recommendations of the 30 local or regional trauma agency created under chapter 395, and 31 the recommendations of municipalities and independent special 32 fire control districts within its jurisdiction. If the county 33 denies an application for a certificate of public convenience 34 and necessity to provide basic or advanced life support services 35 or air ambulance services pursuant to this chapter, the 36 applicant may appeal the decision by filing a writ of certiorari 37 with the circuit court with jurisdiction over the county. The 38 county shall award the requested certificate if the record in 39 the proceeding on the writ demonstrates that the applicant will 40 provide a level of service superior to that of the current 41 county provider, as measured by the county standards for the 42 issuance of the certificates, and at equal or less cost. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.