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Medevac oversight bill gets preliminary approval

The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Wednesday morning to a bill that would add two members — a police helicopter pilot and a member of the public — to Maryland's 11-person emergency medical services oversight board.

The bill also would create a legislative oversight committee of delegates and senators to monitor state police procurement of new medevac helicopters and safety improvements to the state's emergency medical system.

Sponsored by Del. Galen R. Clagett, a Frederick Democrat, the measure is part of several pieces of legislation this session designed to increase oversight of the state's medevac and EMS network. The emergency medical transport system has faced strong scrutiny after a fatal helicopter crash and critical legislative audit last year.

The legislation still needs final approval in the House and votes in the Senate before reaching the governor's desk.

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