Senator Seeberger’s Bills to Alleviate Struggles of Emergency Medical Services Move Through Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, March 15th, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard two bills authored by Senator Judy Seeberger (DFL-Afton) to tackle challenges that Minnesota’s Emergency Medical Services are facing.

In 2022, the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a report on Emergency Medical Services in the state of Minnesota. It detailed staffing challenges, regulatory problems, and conflicts of interest within the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Senator Seeberger, co-chair of the Emergency Medical Services Task Force, along with other Task Force members, are taking a multi-pronged approach to solving these problems.

The first bill heard in today’s HHS Committee, Senate File 4835, would create an Office of Emergency Medical Services to replace the EMSRB. This new office would be more publicly accountable, and create a better regulatory foundation for addressing other issues within Minnesota’s EMS landscape.

Her second bill, Senate File 4697, would adjust staffing requirements on some ambulance services in rural Minnesota in order to reduce ambulance wait times, while still providing essential care.

Following the hearings, Senator Seeberger released this statement:

“Last year, the Emergency Medical Services Task Force heard about numerous challenges that plague the hardworking EMS professionals in our state. These bills, along with others moving through the legislative process, represent a serious, comprehensive approach towards finding innovative solutions, creating more public accountability, and supporting our EMS personnel in every corner of the state.”

SF 4835 was referred to the State and Local Government and Veterans Committee, and SF 4697 was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

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Senator Judy Seeberger represents Senate District 41 which includes Afton, Cottage Grove, Hastings, and Lake Elmo. She is vice chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee as well as the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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