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NJ Senate Approves EMS Licensing, Background Checks Bill

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The state Senate passed a bill Thursday requiring all paramedics and emergency medical technicians to be licensed and undergo a criminal background check. The proposal still must clear the Assembly and Gov. Chris Christie before becoming law.

Senators were divided on the issue, with approval coming after a 22-16 vote in Trenton. The Legislature had passed a similar proposal but Christie vetoed the bill earlier this year, citing the unknown financial implications of the measure.

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