EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: BALLOT MEASURE 11

11: Paramedic Break Time

What it would do:

Continue to allow private ambulance services to require their emergency medical service employees to remain on call during meal and rest breaks. Also guarantees technicians additional training and some paid medical health services.

What it would cost the government:

Ever so slightly lower EMT contract costs will likely save local governments some money.

Why it is on the ballot:

Good question! Two years ago, the state Supreme Court ruled that security guards cannot be required to keep their radios on and remain on call while enjoying their meal or break time. A number of private ambulance firms are now facing class action lawsuits in California courts over similar break time violations, including American Medical Response, the Colorado-based company backing the initiative. Those cases are still pending, but the companies involved want a specific exemption written into law.

Story Credit and Breakdown of Propositions: CalMatters.Org