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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 Congress.gov, the Library of Congress Legislative Database, for information on legislation introduced during the current and past Congresses.
FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS FAIRNESS ACT
H.R. 1174 introduced by Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) on February 13, 2019.
Summary: The legislation would create the presumption that federal firefighters who become disabled by serious diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease, certain cancers, and other infectious diseases, contracted the illness on the job.
Status: H.R. 1174 has been referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
DON’T BREAK UP THE T-BAND ACT
H.R. 451 introduced by Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) on January 10, 2019.
Summary: The legislation repeals the T-Band auction requirement and ensures local first responders in the affected municipalities will continue to have the ability to communicate during emergency operations.
Status: H.R. 451 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
PORTABLE FUEL CONTAINER SAFETY ACT
H.R. 806 introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5) on January 28, 2019.
Summary: The legislation requires the addition of flame mitigation devices to consumer-grade portable fuel containers.
Status: H.R. 806 was approved by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 17, 2019.
S. 1640 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
NICHOLAS AND ZACHARY BURT MEMORIAL CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PREVENTION ACT
S. 481 was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) on February 13, 2019.
H.R. 1618 was introduced by Congresswoman Ann Kuster (NH-2) on March 7, 2019.
Summary: The legislation establishes a federal grant program to assist states in carrying out carbon monoxide detector installation and education programs.
Status: S. 481 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
H.R. 1618 was approved by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on July 17, 2019.
VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT
H.R. 1241 was introduced by Congressman John Larson (CT-1) on February 14, 2019.
S. 1210 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on April 11, 2019.
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.
Status: H.R. 1241 has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
S. 1210 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
NEVER FORGET THE HEROES: JAMES ZADROGA, RAY PFEIFER, AND LUIS ALVAREZ PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND ACT
H.R. 1327 was introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) on February 25, 2019.
S. 546 was introduced by Senator Kristin Gillibrand (NY) on February 25, 2019.
Summary: The legislation fully funds and permanently reauthorizes the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
Status: H.R. 1327 was signed into law on July 29, 2019 (PL 116-34).
HELPING EMERGENCY RESPONDERS OVERCOME (HERO) ACT
H.R. 1646 was introduced by Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) on March 8, 2019.
Summary: The legislation provides funding for peer counseling programs for public safety officers, and collects data on post-traumatic stress among public safety officers to assist in developing best practices and improve measures to recognize, prevent, and treat mental health issues among public safety officers.
Status: H.R. 1646 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
RESTORING INVESTMENTS IN IMPROVEMENTS ACT
S. 803 was introduced by Senator Pat Toomey (PA) on March 14, 2019.
H.R. 1869 was introduced by Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) on March 26, 2019.
Summary: The legislation restores the incentives for investments in Qualified Improvement Properties, including fire protection systems, that were intended to be included in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-97). Under the bill, QIP includes fire sprinklers and any other non-structural improvement to the inside of a commercial building. This would allow fire protection systems to be eligible for immediate expensing for the first 5 years, tapering down to zero over the next 5 years.
Status: S. 803 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
H.R. 1869 has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
FIRE POLICE FAIRNESS ACT
H.R. 2709 was introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) on May 14, 2019.
Summary: The legislation would extend coverage under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program to fire police officers.
Status: H.R. 2709 has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICES RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ACT
S. 2214 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on July 23, 2019.
Summary: The legislation simplifies how Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAPs) benefiting volunteer emergency personnel are taxed.
Status: S. 2214 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY MONTH RESOLUTION
S. Res. 295 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on September 28, 2018.
Summary: The Senate Resolution designates September as “Campus Fire Safety Month” and encourages institutions of higher education to provide educational programs about fire safety to students, evaluate the level of fire safety being provided in both on-campus and off-campus student housing, and ensure fire-safe living environments through fire safety education, installation of fire suppression and detection systems, and the development and enforcement of applicable codes relating to fire safety.
Status: S. Res. 295 was unanimously approved on July 31, 2019.