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.

FISCAL YEAR 2019 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

S. 3109 was introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV) on June 21, 2018.

Summary: The bill makes appropriations for programs and activities of the Department of Homeland Security for Fiscal Year 2019.

DON’T BREAK UP THE T BAND ACT

H.R. 5085 was introduced by Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) on February 26, 2018.

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.

VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT

H.R. 1550 was introduced by Congressman David Reichert (WA-8) on March 15, 2017.
S. 1238 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on May 25, 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.

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.

FIRE POLICE FAIRNESS ACT

H.R. 3918 was introduced by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) on October 3, 2017.
S. 2871 was introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) on May 16, 2018.

Summary: The legislation would extend coverage under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program to fire police officers.

HEROES LESLEY ZEREBNY AND GILBERT VEGA FIRST RESPONDERS SURVIVORS SUPPORT ACT

H.R. 5060 was introduced by Congressman Raul Ruiz (CA-36) on February 15, 2018.

Summary: The legislation increases the financial award to eligible beneficiaries of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.

PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE COOPERATION ACT

H.R. 4846 was introduced by Congressman Daniel Kildee (MI-5) on January 19, 2018.

Summary: The legislation ensures access to basic collective bargaining rights for all public safety officers.

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.  Became Public Law 115-194 on July 9, 2018. 

DISASTER RECOVERY REFORM ACT

H.R. 4460 was introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) on November 28, 2017.

Summary: The legislation provides incentives for states to adopt national recognized model building codes and provides funding for post-disaster code implementation and enforcement.  Key provisions of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act were included in H.R. 1892, which became Public Law 115-123 on February 9, 2018.

UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATION, AFG, AND SAFER PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT

H.R. 4661 was introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) on December 15, 207.

Summary: The legislation reauthorizes the Assistance to Firefighters, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, and Fire Prevention and Safety grant programs, and the United States Fire Administration, through the end of Fiscal Year 2023.  The legislation also contains a “sunset date” of September 30, 2024 for the grant programs.  Became Public Law 115-98 on January 3, 2018.

AFG AND SAFER PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION ACT

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

H.R. 3881 was introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) on September 28, 2017.

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.  S. 819/H.R. 3881 was included in H.R. 4661, which became Public Law 115-98 on January 3, 2018.

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.  Provisions from H.R. 1481/S. 602 were included in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became Public Law 115-97 on December 22, 2017.  

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.  Became Public Law 115-123 on February 9, 2018.

LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM CAP ADJUSTMENT PRIORITY ACT

S. 1239 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on May 25, 2017.

H.R. 1720 was introduced by Congressman Peter King (NY-2) on March 24, 2017.

Summary: The legislation raises the annual cap on contributions to Length-of-Service Awards Programs to $6,000 and allows for adjustments for inflation.  S.1239/H.R. 1720 was included in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became Public Law 115-97 on December 22, 2017.  

PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS’ BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT

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

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.  Became Public Law 115-36 on June 2, 2017.

PROTECTING PATIENT ACCESS TO EMERGENCY MEDICATIONS ACT

H.R. 304 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8) on January 5, 2017.
S. 916 was introduced by Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) on April 24, 2017.

Summary: The legislation clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders”.  Became Public Law 115-83 on November 17, 2017.