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Lawmakers look to reform EMS mess

Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, right, questions Office of Performance Evaluations Director Rakesh Mohan, second from right, during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Tuesday; at left is Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise. (Betsy Russell)
Sen. Elliot Werk, D-Boise, right, questions Office of Performance Evaluations Director Rakesh Mohan, second from right, during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Tuesday; at left is Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, and Rep. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise. (Betsy Russell)

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee voted unanimously today to work with the chairs of the House and Senate health and welfare committees to introduce legislation in January to reform Idaho's emergency medical services, which a new performance evaluation found are now a disjointed patchwork of cities, counties, ambulance districts, fire departments, private firms and others that's led to duplication, gaps in service and possible risks to patients. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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