The following is a select list of fire service legislation. Click on the bill number for further information on the legislation, including details on the status of the legislation, a list of co-sponsors, or to read the text of the bill. You may also visit Thomas, the Library of Congress Legislative Database, for information on legislation introduced during the current and past Congresses.
- FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS FAIRNESS ACT
H.R. 3718 was introduced by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24) on December 12, 2013.
Summary: The legislation creates a presumption that federal firefighters who are disabled by heart disease, lung disease, specified cancers and infectious diseases, contracted such illnesses while performing their duties as firefighters.
- PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ACT
S. 1798 was introduced on December 10, 2013 by Senator Mark Warner (VA).
H.R. 3979 was introduced on January 31, 2014 by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11).
Summary: The legislation ensures that volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- NICHOLAS AND ZACHARY BURT MEMORIAL CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PREVENTION ACT
S. 1793 was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) on December 10, 2013.
Summary: The legislation establishes a federal grant program to assist states in carrying out CO education programs.
- HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES ACT
H.R. 2386 was introduced on June 14, 2013 by Congressman John Larson (CT-1).
Summary: The bill amends the U.S. flag code, allowing Governors to declare the flag to be flown at half-staff in the event of a first responder line-of-duty death.
- FIRE SPRINKLER INCENTIVE ACT
S. 1163 was introduced on June 13, 2013 by Senator Thomas Carper (DE).
Summary: The legislation amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include automated fire sprinkler systems as section 179 property and classify certain automated fire sprinkler systems as 15-year property for purposes of depreciation.
- FISCAL YEAR 2014 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT
H.R. 2217 was introduced on May 29, 2013 by Congressman John Carter (TX-31).
Summary: The bill makes appropriations for programs and activities of the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2014.
- SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT
H.R. 1878 was introduced on May 8, 2013 by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25).
S. 924 was introduced on May 9, 2013 by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ).
Summary: The bill would provide an additional funding for post-disaster grants under a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to states that adopt and enforce state-wide building codes.
- FIRE POLICE FAIRNESS ACT
H.R. 1828 was introduced on May 6, 2013 by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2).
S. 876 was introduced on May 7, 2013 by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT).
Summary: The legislation would extend coverage under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program to fire police officers.
- CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION ACT
S. 750 was introduced on April 17, 2013 by Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ).
H.R. 1609 was introduced on April 17, 2013 by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9).
Summary: The legislation establishes a grant program at the Department of Education to make awards to institutes of higher education for fire prevention and education programs.
- THE HONORABLE STEPHANIE TUBBS JONES COLLEGE FIRE PREVENTION ACT
H.R. 1437 was introduced on April 9, 2013 by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11).
Summary: The legislation directs the Secretary of Education to make competitive demonstration grants to institutions of higher education, fraternities, and sororities for up to half the cost of installing fire sprinkler systems, or other fire suppression or prevention technologies, in student housing and dormitories owned or controlled by such entities.
- VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ACT
H.R. 1009 was introduced on March 6, 2013 by Congressman Peter King (NY-13).
S. 506 was introduced on March 7, 2013 by Senator Susan Collins (ME).
Summary: The legislation modifies the federal tax code to make it easier for fire departments and local governments to provide recruitment and retention incentive to volunteer emergency response personnel through length of service award programs (LOSAPs).
- VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION REAUTHORIZATION ACT
S. 501 was introduced on March 7, 2013 by Senator Charles Schumer (NY).
H.R. 3747 was introduced on December 12, 2013 by Congressman John Larson (CT-1).
Summary: The legislation exempts from federal income tax any property tax benefit and up to $600 per year of any other type of benefit that a state or local unit of government provides to volunteer emergency responders as a recruitment or retention incentive.
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