The state of Minnesota is considering a new proposal to allow paramedics to become licensed in their home state.
According to The Associated Press, the legislation would allow them to practice in Minnesota as long as they don’t work for a hospital, or operate equipment that is used in a hospital.
The proposal would be on the agenda for a committee meeting this month.
It is expected that the committee will decide on the proposal by Feb. 14, which would set a statewide standard for medical and paramedic licenses.
It would be the first time in the country that a state would allow paramedics the ability to practice.
The AP also reported that the state is considering an ordinance that would make it easier for the state to enforce licensing requirements.
The Minnesota House and Senate both passed the bill on Tuesday.
If the legislation is approved, it would go to Gov.
Mark Dayton for his signature.