EMS World

FEB 2019

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LEGISLATION & POLICY 42 FEBRUARY 2019 | EMSWORLD.com O n November 6, 2018, California voters approved Proposition 11 by a margin of 61%–39%. In simple terms Prop 11 requires EMTs who work for private companies to stay on duty to respond to calls during their meal and rest breaks, just as they do now. The back ground behind Prop 11, how- ever, is any thing but simple. For instance, private-sector EMS giant AMR (American Medical Response) paid to get Prop 11 on the ballot. AMR then spent nearly $30 million to support the campaign. To be precise, "Californians for Emer- gency Preparedness and Safety, spon- sored by American Medical Response (AMR)" paid $29,925,785.96 (Jan. 1–Oct. 20) to back the "Yes on 11" campaign, according to the state's Cal-Access site on election financing. "AMR wa s not the s ole donor, but u n i o n s o p p o s i n g Pr o p 11 s till s p e nt more than AMR on their own initiatives, including $34 million spent by the Ser vice Employees International Union support- ing the 'Yes on Prop 8' campaign, and over $40 million by unions opposing Prop 6," says Jason Sorrick, director of com- munications and government relations for AMR's West Region. By James Careless THE UGLY BATTLE BEHIND CALIFORNIAÕS PROP 11 How a behind-the-scenes deal that could have resolved the break issue fell apart

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