2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 8, 2017 - Introduced by
Joint Legislative Council. Referred to
Committee on Health and Human Services.
1An Act to amend
256.15 (10); and
256.15 (8) (cm) of the statutes; 2relating to: licensure or certificate renewal for certain emergency medical
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Study Committee on Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical
Technician (EMT) Shortages.
Under current law, a certified first responder or licensed EMT or paramedic must
renew the credential every two years. The law directs the Department of Health Services
(DHS) to promulgate rules specifying the continuing education, examination, and other
administrative requirements for the renewal. Under those rules, the continuing
education requirements vary based upon the certification and licensure level, and, for
some licensure levels, may be satisfied through examination by the National Registry of
Emergency Medical Technicians.
This bill revises the credentialing renewal period for a certified first responder or
licensed EMT or paramedic from two years to four years. The bill does not modify the
authority for DHS to promulgate rules governing the renewal process.
256.15 (8) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
(cm) Every holder of a certificate issued under sub. (8) shall renew 3
the certificate every 4 years by applying to the department on forms provided by the 4
department. Upon receipt of an application for renewal containing documentation 5
acceptable to the department that the requirements for certification have been met, 6
the department shall renew the certificate unless the department finds that the 7
applicant has acted in a manner or under circumstances constituting grounds for 8
suspension or revocation of the certificate.
256.15 (10) of the statutes is amended to read:
256.15 (10) License renewal.
Every holder of a license issued under sub. (5) 11
or (7) shall renew the license on July 1 of each even-numbered year every 4 years
applying to the department on forms provided by the department. Upon receipt of 13
an application for renewal containing documentation acceptable to the department 14
that the requirements of sub. (6) have been met, the department shall renew the 15
license unless the department finds that the applicant has acted in a manner or 16
under circumstances constituting grounds for suspension or revocation of the 17