AJC: ‘Hefty’ slate of lawmakers back EMS reform in Georgia

The Jolt

By Jim Galloway
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 14, 2019

State Rep. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, has introduced legislation that would bar private ambulance operators from serving on boards that select which ambulance companies will serve local health districts.

HB 264 has some hefty co-sponsors: Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin, chair of the House GOP caucus; Randy Nix, R-LaGrange, chair of the House Ethics Committee; and Terry England, R-Auburn, chair of the Hotuse Appropriations Committee. From the press release:

“We don’t need conflicts of interest and the potential for corruption to be allowed in one of Georgia’s most critical public safety systems,” Werkheiser said. “Even the hint of impropriety should be eliminated if we want to be good stewards of taxpayer resources, and this bill would do just that by ending statutory loopholes that have been abused for too long.”

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