The Texas Senate passed HB 1407, the Texas EMS Assistance Program, on May 23. As a result, it will now be sent to Governor Abbott for his signature.
The bill creates the framework to preserve local project grants (LPGs) and creates a distance-learning program for rural paramedics to keep them in rural communities. TEMSA will work with Texas officials in the interim to secure a funding mechanism.
Rep. JD Sheffield of Gatesville and Sen. Kel Seliger of Amarillo led the effort.