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.
- PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT
S. 2944 was introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (IA) on May 18, 2016.
Summary: The legislation improves the timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of PSOB death, disability, and educational assistance claims.
- NATIONAL MITIGATION INVESTMENT ACT
H.R. 5177 was introduced by Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) on May 10, 2016.
Summary: The legislation incentivizes states to adopt state-wide model building codes and creates a grant program to assist states and localities in enforcing those building codes.
- HONORING EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICERS (HERO) BENEFITS REFORM ACT
H.R. 5123 was introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) on April 29, 2016.
Summary: The legislation improves timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of PSOB death, disability, and educational assistance claims, and clarifies that fire police and fire investigators are public safety officers for the purposes of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.
- FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT
H.R. 4625 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) on February 25, 2016.
S. 2799 was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) on April 14, 2016.
Summary: The legislation creates a specialized national registry to provide researchers and epidemiologists with the tools and resources they need to improve research collection activities related to the monitoring of cancer incidence among firefighters.
- PROTECTING PATIENT ACCESS TO EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS ACT OF 2016
H.R. 4365 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8) on January 12, 2016.
S. 2932 was introduced by Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) on May 16, 2016.
Summary: The legislation clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders”.
- FISCAL YEAR 2016 CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT
H.R. 2029 was originally introduced as the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by Congressman Charles Dent (PA-15) on April 24, 2015.
Summary: The bill fund programs and activities of the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. Note: H.R. 2029 was signed into law on December 18, 2015.
- FIRE SPRINKLER INCENTIVE ACT
H.R. 3591 was introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) on September 22, 2015.
S. 2068 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on September 22, 2015.
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.
- NICHOLAS AND ZACHARY BURT MEMORIAL CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PREVENTION ACT
S. 1250 was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) on May 7, 2015.
H.R. 4701 was introduced by Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster (NH-02) on March 3, 2016.
Summary: The legislation establishes a federal grant program to assist states in carrying out CO education programs.
- JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION REAUTHORIZATION ACT
S. 928 was introduced on April 14, 2015 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).
H.R. 1786 was introduced on April 14, 2015 by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12).
Summary: The legislation provides health care and economic compensation to those suffering from illness or injury due to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as to the families of those who died since the attacks from related injuries. Note: The Zadroga Act was passed into law as part of H.R. 2029, the Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
- SAFE BUILDING CODES INCENTIVE ACT
H.R. 1748 was introduced on April 13, 2015 by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25).
Summary: The bill provides 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.
- PROTECTING VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ACT
S. 420 was introduced on February 20, 2015 by Senator Pat Toomey (PA).
H.R. 2658 was introduced on June 4, 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).
H.R. 2752 was introduced on June 12, 2015 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.
- 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).
- FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS FAIRNESS ACT
H.R. 1035 was introduced on February 24, 2015 by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24).
Summary: The legislation amends federal law to create a rebuttable presumption that heart disease, lung disease, specified cancers and infectious diseases contracted by federal firefighters are job-related and contracted in the line-of-duty for purposes of worker’s compensation and disability retirement.
- FALLEN HEROES FLAG ACT
H.R. 723 was introduced by Congressman Peter King (NY-2) on February 4, 2015.
S. 2755 was introduced by Senator Roy Blunt (MO) on April 6, 2016.
Summary: The legislation allows the Representative of the immediate family of a deceased public safety officer who died in the line of duty to provide the family, at their request, with a Capitol-flown flag, together with a certificate, signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Representative providing the flag, which contains an expression of sympathy for the family. NOTE: S. 2755 was signed into law on May 16, 2016.
- 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. Note: H.R. 240 was signed into law on March 4, 2015.
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