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La. halts EMS hazard pay

The committee didn't vote on the proposal, and simply put it on hold without any action amid concerns about the price tag

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The Senate’s budget committee has stalled a proposal that would give Emergency Medical Service workers the same monthly supplement that local law enforcement officers and firefighters receive from the state.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, has proposed a constitutional amendment that would add full-time EMS workers to the list to receive a $500 monthly paycheck from the state on top of their local salaries.

The proposal (Senate Bill 285) would cost at least $3.7 million a year and likely more, depending on how many EMS workers qualified, according to legislative fiscal analysts.

“This sends a message to EMS that we hold them as a priority,” Morrell told the Senate Finance Committee.

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The committee didn’t vote on the proposal, but simply held it without action Monday amid concerns about the price tag.

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Ray Bange Ray Bange Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:58:52 PM I have long queried the disconnect between the work value attributed to EMS workers and the occupational health hazards they face. Too little research has been undertaken or acted upon and this new Australian study may help to bring home the realities of EMS delivery. I suspect the situation in the US and Canada would be similar if not worse in terms of physical and other forms of injury including PTSD. @arban70 Shock at paramedic injury risks … To see source paper on paramedic occupational risk go here: …
Chris Gibson Chris Gibson Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:50:28 PM As an EMS provider in Louisiana I fully support the Supplemental pay for EMS. But as usual the media has not checked their facts. The Supplemental Pay that was before the legislature was NOT a hazard pay. The pay for Fire and Police in Louisiana has NEVER been Hazard pay. it was established as a way to assist local government to provide a decent pay to Fire and Police depts. and also to provide funding to these agencies for providing service to state facilities which do not pay local taxes. If it was hazard pay then why doesn't any State employed Fire or Police providers receive it? Does municipal EMS deserve to be added to the Supplemental Pay ABSOLUTLY, Does EMS, Fire and Police deserve additional pay for the daily hazards we face ABSOLUTLY, but when we don't present things as they are we only hurt our own causes and as usual the media only like to present things to attract more readers/viewers regardless of the facts

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