Ex parte hearing authorizations for emergency services personnel

In order to determine if they have a communicable disease, this bill allows the courts to streamline the process of requiring a blood sample from a person who significantly exposes a first responder to bodily fluids. There is a legal process in place for these situations in current law, but there is no remedy if the person doesn’t show up to court, forcing emergency responders to undergo lengthy tests and medical treatments. The bill would allow an ex parte hearing, and law enforcement could be granted the authority to obtain the blood sample if the first responder experienced a significant exposure to bodily fluids. After the sample is retained, the person is then released. (S.F. 3350)

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