Florida Senate - 2014                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 1048
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: WD/2R          .                                
             04/30/2014 10:43 AM       .                                

       Senator Abruzzo moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 1608 and 1609
    4  insert:
    5         Section 27. Yellow dot critical motorist medical
    6  information program; yellow dot decal, folder, and information
    7  form.—
    8         (1) The governing body of a county may create a yellow dot
    9  critical motorist medical information program to facilitate the
   10  provision of emergency medical care to program participants by
   11  emergency medical responders by making critical medical
   12  information readily available to responders in the event of a
   13  motor vehicle accident or a medical emergency involving a
   14  participant’s vehicle.
   15         (2)(a) The governing body of a county may solicit
   16  sponsorships from business entities and not-for-profit
   17  organizations to cover the costs of the program, including the
   18  cost of decals and folders that must be provided free of charge
   19  to participants. Two or more counties may enter into an
   20  interlocal agreement to solicit such sponsorships.
   21         (b) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or
   22  the Department of Transportation may provide education and
   23  training to encourage emergency medical responders to
   24  participate in the program and may take reasonable measures to
   25  publicize the program.
   26         (3) Any owner or lessee of a motor vehicle may request to
   27  participate in the program in the manner prescribed by the
   28  governing body of the county. A participant shall receive a
   29  yellow dot decal, a yellow dot folder, and a form on which the
   30  participant shall provide his or her personal and medical
   31  information.
   32         (a) The form must include a statement that the information
   33  provided will be disclosed only to authorized personnel of law
   34  enforcement and public safety agencies, emergency medical
   35  services agencies, and hospitals for the purposes authorized in
   36  subsection (5).
   37         (b) The form must describe the confidential nature of the
   38  medical information voluntarily provided by the participant and
   39  must include a notice to the participant stating that, by
   40  providing the medical information and signing the form, he or
   41  she agrees to the disclosure of the medical information to
   42  authorized personnel and their use of such information solely
   43  for the purposes listed in subsection (5).
   44         (c) The county may not charge a fee to participate in the
   45  yellow dot program.
   46         (4)(a) The participant shall affix the decal onto the rear
   47  window in the left lower corner of a motor vehicle or in a
   48  clearly visible location on a motorcycle.
   49         (b) A person who rides in a motor vehicle as a passenger
   50  may also participate in the program but may not be issued a
   51  decal if a decal has been issued to the owner or lessee of the
   52  motor vehicle in which the person rides.
   53         (c) The yellow dot folder, which shall be stored in the
   54  glove compartment of the motor vehicle or in a compartment
   55  attached to a motorcycle, shall contain a form with the
   56  following information about the participant:
   57         1. The participant’s name.
   58         2. The participant’s photograph.
   59         3. Emergency contact information for no more than two
   60  persons.
   61         4. The participant’s medical information, including medical
   62  conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, and current
   63  medications.
   64         5. The participant’s hospital preference.
   65         6. Contact information for no more than two physicians.
   66         (5)(a) If the driver or a passenger of a motor vehicle is
   67  involved in a motor vehicle accident or emergency situation and
   68  a yellow dot decal is affixed to the vehicle, an emergency
   69  medical responder at the scene may search the glove compartment
   70  of the vehicle for the corresponding yellow dot folder.
   71         (b) The use of the information contained in the yellow dot
   72  folder by an emergency medical responder at the scene is limited
   73  to the following purposes:
   74         1. To positively identify the participant.
   75         2. To ascertain whether the participant has a medical
   76  condition that might impede communications between the
   77  participant and the responder.
   78         3. To access the medical information form.
   79         4. To ensure that the participant’s current medications and
   80  preexisting medical conditions are considered when emergency
   81  medical treatment is administered for any injury to or condition
   82  of the participant.
   83         (6) The governing body of a participating county shall
   84  adopt guidelines and procedures to prevent the public disclosure
   85  of confidential information through the program.
   87  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   88  And the title is amended as follows:
   89         Between lines 131 and 132
   90  insert:
   91         authorizing the governing body of a county to create a
   92         yellow dot critical motorist medical information
   93         program for certain purposes; authorizing a county to
   94         solicit sponsorships and enter into an interlocal
   95         agreement with another county to solicit such
   96         sponsorships for the medical information program;
   97         authorizing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
   98         Vehicles and the Department of Transportation to
   99         provide education and training and publicize the
  100         program; requiring the program to be free to
  101         participants; providing for yellow dot program decals,
  102         folders, and participant information forms; providing
  103         procedures for use of the decal, folder, and form;
  104         providing for limited use of information on the forms
  105         by emergency medical responders; requiring the
  106         governing body of a participating county to adopt
  107         guidelines and procedures to ensure that confidential
  108         information is not made public;