Senator Garcia, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 242. Under current law, the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issues certifications to emergency medical service (EMS) providers. The bill creates an EMS license as a professional credential that is available to EMS providers that hold a four-year bachelor's degree. An EMS provider may apply to the CDPHE for licensure on or after January 1, 2021. The State Board of Health will adopt rules concerning implementation of the licensure program. The bill applies certain provisions related to EMS certificates to EMS licenses, and updates the background check process for EMS providers.