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Current Legislation

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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.   

  • PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ACT

S. 420 was introduced on February 20, 2015 by Senator Pat Toomey (PA).

H.R. 1191 was introduced on March 2, 2015 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.    

  • VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT

S. 609 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Senator Charles Schumer (NY).

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.

  • VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ACT

S. 616 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Senator Susan Collins (ME).

H.R. 1171 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Congressman Peter King (NY-2).

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). 

  • FISCAL YEAR 2015 HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

H.R. 240 was introduced by Congressman Harold Rogers (KY-5) on January 9, 2015.

Summary: The bill makes appropriations for programs and activities of the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2015.


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