Thursday, October 22, 2020

Governor Scott Signs Marco Island’s COPCN Local Bill


The City of Marco Island is pleased to announce that our local bill, HB1395, has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. HB1395 grants the City the ability to apply directly to the Department of Health for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“COPCN”) after certain conditions are met. A COPCN license will enable the City’s Fire Rescue Department to provide locally controlled and operated enhanced paramedic and expanded emergency medical ambulance services and transportation directly to our citizens.

The bill was successful in its three assigned committees (Local, Federal, & Veterans Affairs subcommittee, Health & Human Services, and Government Accountability) by votes of 12-0, 15-1, and 22-0 respectively. It was then referred to the full House on March 5, passing 112-1. On March 8, it was then heard by the Senate, passing 38-0. The bill was delivered to Governor Rick Scott on March 16 and he had 15 days to take action on the bill. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law today, March 23rd 2018.

“Through the team effort of our local delegation, Senator Passidomo, Representative Rommel and Representative Donalds, our City lobbyist Ron Book, and our unanimous City Council support for this legislative priority. Our citizens have been given the opportunity to have a voice on this important issue. We wish to thank all of our citizens for getting involved to help encourage passage of this bill. We would also wish to thank Governor Scott for all of his support,” Acting City Manager Gil Polanco said.

City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni, a leading advocate for this state legislative level solution, stated, “This is a proud day for the City of Marco Island and this stands as another example of what strong partnerships can accomplish. The historical significance of the success of this bill cannot be overstated. Our Council was willing to take bold action, putting the needs and concerns of our citizens first, and it has paid off. I am excited for our city, for our citizens, and for our first-class Fire Rescue Department and I am looking forward to our referendum on August 28, 2018.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with local officials and citizens in allowing Marco Island residents to determine what services are best for them,” Florida State Representative Bob Rommel, the Bill sponsor, said after being notified by the Governor.

“I am so proud of our Fire Rescue Department Personnel and our citizens for supporting this initiative and giving us the opportunity to better serve them. Our highly qualified personnel will be able to provide more customized medical services to meet our citizen’s needs. Marco Island is our hometown, we are their hometown Fire Rescue Department and this opportunity will allow our residents the right to have a voice in their local level of service,” Marco Island Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy said after the bill was signed into law.

For additional information on the August 28, 2018 referendum when available, please visit www.CityofMarcoIsland.com or contact City Hall at 239-389-5000

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