115th Congress

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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.

AFG AND SAFER PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT

S. 829 was introduced by Senator John McCain (AZ) on April 5, 2017.

Summary: Summary: The legislation reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, and Fire Prevention and Safety grant programs through the end of Fiscal Year 2023.

FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY ACT

H.R. 931 was introduced by Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) on February 7, 2017.
S. 382 was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) on February 15, 2017.

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.

FIRE SPRINKLER INCENTIVE ACT

H.R. 1481 was introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) on March 9, 2017.
S. 602 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on March 9, 2017.

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.

VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT

H.R. 1550 was introduced by Congressman David Reichert (WA-8) on March 15, 2017.

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT

S. 419 was introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (IA) on February 16, 2017.

Summary: Summary: The legislation improves the timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program survivor, disability, and educational assistance claims.

PROTECTING PATIENT ACCESS TO EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS ACT

H.R. 304 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8) on January 5, 2017.

Summary: The legislation clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders”.

CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION ACT

H.R. 746 was introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) on January 30, 2017.
S. 246 was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) on January 30, 2017.

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.

HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES ACT

H.R. 1892 was introduced by Congressman John Larson (CT-1) on April 4, 2017.
S.1108 was introduced by Senator Jon Tester (MT) on May 11, 2017.

Summary: The legislation amends the U.S. Flag Code, affirming the ability of state governors, as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia, to order the lowering of the United States flag to half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line- of- duty.