Current Legislation

116th 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.

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.

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.

VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT

H.R. 1241 was introduced by Congressman John Larson (CT-1) on February 14, 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.