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.