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House of Representatives

File No. 691

General Assembly

 

February Session, 2016

(Reprint of File No. 44)

House Bill No. 5262

 

As Amended by House Amendment

Schedule "A"

Approved by the Legislative Commissioner

April 21, 2016

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FIREFIGHTERS CANCER RELIEF PROGRAM

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-256g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective February 1, 2017):

(a) By June first of each year, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall conduct a proceeding to determine the amount of the monthly fee to be assessed against each subscriber of: (1) Local telephone service, (2) commercial mobile radio service, as defined in 47 CFR Section 20.3, and (3) voice over Internet protocol service, as defined in section 28-30b, to fund the development and administration of the enhanced emergency 9-1-1 program and the firefighters cancer relief program established pursuant to section 5 of this act. The authority shall base such fee on the findings of the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 28-24, taking into consideration any existing moneys available in the Enhanced 9-1-1 Telecommunications Fund. The authority shall consider the progressive wire line inclusion schedule contained in the final report of the task force to study enhanced 9-1-1 telecommunications services established by public act 95-318. The authority shall not approve any fee (A) greater than seventy-five cents per month per access line, (B) that does not include the progressive wire line inclusion schedule, or (C) for commercial mobile radio service, as defined in 47 CFR Section 20.3 that includes the progressive wire line inclusion schedule.

(b) Each telephone or telecommunications company providing local telephone service, each provider of commercial mobile radio service and each provider of voice over Internet protocol service shall assess against each subscriber, the fee established by the authority pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, which shall be remitted to the office of the State Treasurer for deposit into the Enhanced 9-1-1 Telecommunications Fund established pursuant to section 28-30a, not later than the fifteenth day of each month. To the extent permitted by federal law, on and after February 1, 2017, and not later than the fifteenth day of each month thereafter, an amount equal to one cent per month per access line shall be remitted from the fees imposed under this section to the office of the State Treasurer for deposit in the firefighters cancer relief account established pursuant to section 3 of this act.

(c) The fee imposed under this section shall not apply to any prepaid wireless telecommunications service, as defined in section 28-30b.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective February 1, 2017) For purposes of this section, sections 3 to 6, inclusive, of this act and sections 29-303 and 3-123 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, "firefighter" shall include any (1) local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, fire inspector and such other classes of inspectors and investigators for whom the State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee, acting jointly, have adopted minimum standards of qualification pursuant to section 29-298 of the general statutes; and (2) uniformed member of a paid municipal, state or volunteer fire department.

Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective February 1, 2017) (a) There is established an account to be known as the "firefighters cancer relief account" which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account, including any moneys deposited pursuant to section 16-256g of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the cancer relief subcommittee of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, established pursuant to section 4 of this act, for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to firefighters who are diagnosed with a condition of cancer described in section 5 of this act.

(b) The State Treasurer shall invest the moneys deposited in the firefighters cancer relief account in a manner reasonable and appropriate to achieve the objectives of such account, exercising the discretion and care of a prudent person in similar circumstances with similar objectives. The State Treasurer shall give due consideration to rate of return, risk, term or maturity, diversification of the total portfolio within such account, liquidity, the projected disbursements and expenditures, and the expected payments, deposits, contributions and gifts to be received. The moneys in such account shall be continuously invested and reinvested in a manner consistent with the objectives of such account until disbursed in accordance with section 3-123 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and section 4 of this act.

(c) The moneys in the firefighters cancer relief account shall be used solely for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to firefighters who are diagnosed with a condition of cancer described in section 5 of this act and to fund the expenses of administering the firefighters cancer relief program established pursuant to section 5 of this act.

Sec. 4. (NEW) (Effective February 1, 2017) (a) There is established a firefighters cancer relief subcommittee of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association that shall consist of one member from the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, one member from the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, one member from the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of the International Association of Firefighters, one member from the Connecticut Fire Marshals Association, and one member from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Such subcommittee shall review claims for wage replacement benefits submitted to the firefighters cancer relief program established pursuant to section 5 of this act and provide wage replacement benefits, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 3-123 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, to any firefighter who the subcommittee determines is eligible for such wage replacement benefits pursuant to the provisions of section 5 of this act. The subcommittee may determine the weekly wage replacement benefits provided to a firefighter in accordance with the provisions of chapters 104 and 568 of the general statutes.

(b) A firefighter who is approved for wage replacement benefits by the subcommittee pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be eligible for such benefits on and after July 1, 2019, and for a period determined by the subcommittee, provided such period shall not exceed twenty-four months. The maximum weekly wage replacement benefit under this section shall be determined by the subcommittee, provided such maximum weekly wage replacement benefit shall not exceed one hundred per cent, raised to the next even dollar, of the average weekly earnings of all workers in the state for the year in which the condition of cancer was diagnosed. The average weekly earnings of all workers in the state shall be determined by the Labor Commissioner on or before the fifteenth day of August of each year, to be effective the following October first, and shall be the average of all workers' weekly earnings for the year ending the previous June thirtieth and shall be so determined in accordance with the standards for the determination of average weekly earnings of all workers established by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

(c) A firefighter may receive wage replacement benefits under this section concurrently with any employer-provided employment benefits, provided the total compensation of such firefighter during such period of receiving benefits under this section shall not exceed such firefighter's pay rate at the time such firefighter was diagnosed with a condition of cancer described in section 4 of this act.

(d) No firefighter shall receive compensation under this section concurrently with the provisions of chapter 567 or 568 of the general statutes or any other municipal, state or federal program that provides wage replacement benefits.

(e) No approval of wage replacement benefits for a firefighter by the subcommittee pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be used as evidence, proof or an acknowledgement of liability or causation in any proceeding under chapter 568 of the general statutes.

(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, any employer who provides accident and health insurance or life insurance coverage for a firefighter or makes payments or contributions at the regular hourly or weekly rate for the firefighter to an employee welfare plan, shall provide to the firefighter equivalent insurance coverage or welfare plan payments or contributions while the firefighter is eligible to receive or is receiving wage replacement compensation under this section. As used in this section, "employee welfare plan" means any plan established or maintained for such firefighter or such firefighter's family or dependents, or for both, for medical, surgical or hospital care benefits.

(g) The State Treasurer shall remit wage replacement benefits that are approved by the subcommittee from the firefighters cancer relief account established pursuant to section 3 of this act not later than thirty days after such benefits have been approved.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective February 1, 2017) (a) There is established a firefighters cancer relief program, the purpose of which is to provide wage replacement benefits to firefighters who are diagnosed with certain conditions of cancer as a result of their service as firefighters.

(b) A firefighter shall be eligible for wage replacement benefits for any condition of cancer affecting the brain, skin, skeletal system, digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, reproductive system, urinary system or hematological system that results in death, or temporary or permanent total or partial disability, provided (1) such firefighter successfully passed a physical examination upon entry into such service, or subsequent to entry, as the case may be, that failed to reveal any evidence of such cancer, (2) such firefighter has submitted to annual physical examinations subsequent to entry into such service that have failed to reveal any evidence of such cancer or a propensity for such cancer, (3) such firefighter has not used any cigarettes, as defined in section 12-285 of the general statutes, or any other tobacco products, as defined in section 12-330a of the general statutes, within fifteen years of applying for wage replacement benefits pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this section, (4) such firefighter has worked for not less than five years on or after the effective date of this section as (A) an interior structural firefighter at a paid municipal, state or volunteer fire department, or (B) a local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, fire inspector or such other class of inspector or investigator for whom the State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee, acting jointly, have adopted minimum standards of qualification pursuant to section 29-298 of the general statutes, at the time such cancer is discovered, or should have been discovered, (5) such firefighter has complied with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards adopted pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1910.156 for a period of not less than five consecutive years, and (6) such cancer is one that is known to result from exposure to heat, radiation or a known carcinogen as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer or the National Toxicology Program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. For purposes of this subsection, "interior structural firefighter" means an individual who performs fire suppression, rescue or both, inside of buildings or enclosed structures that are involved in a fire situation beyond the incipient stage, as defined in 29 CFR 1910.155.

(c) Any individual who is no longer actively serving as a firefighter but who otherwise would be eligible for wage replacement benefits pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, may apply for such benefits not more than five years from the date such individual last served as a firefighter.

(d) A firefighter or individual applying for wage replacement benefits pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this section shall be required to submit to annual physical examinations, including blood testing, during his or her active service and for a period of five years after the date such individual last served as a firefighter as a condition of receiving such benefits. An individual who no longer serves as a firefighter shall bear the cost of any physical examination required under this subsection.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (Effective February 1, 2017) Not later than January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the State Treasurer, in consultation with the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public safety on the status of the firefighters cancer relief account established pursuant to section 3 of this act and the firefighters cancer relief program established pursuant to section 5 of this act. Such report shall include (1) the balance of the account, (2) the projected and actual participation in the program, and (3) the demographic information of each firefighter who receives benefits pursuant to such program, including gender, age, town of residence and income level.

Sec. 7. Section 29-303 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective February 1, 2017):

The fire chief or local fire marshal with jurisdiction over a town, city, borough or fire district where a fire, explosion or other fire emergency occurs shall furnish the State Fire Marshal a report [of] that shall include (1) all the facts relating to its cause, its origin, the kind, the estimated value and ownership of the property damaged or destroyed, (2) the name of each firefighter who was (A) present at such fire, explosion or other fire emergency, and (B) exposed to heat, radiation or a known or suspected carcinogen as a result of such fire, explosion or other fire emergency, including the duration of each such firefighter's exposure, and (3) such other information as called for by the State Fire Marshal on forms furnished by the State Fire Marshal, or in an electronic format prescribed by the State Fire Marshal. The fire chief or fire marshal may also submit reports regarding other significant fire department response to such fire or explosion, and such reports may be filed monthly but commencing January 1, 2008, such reports shall be filed not less than quarterly.

Sec. 8. Section 3-123 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective February 1, 2017):

(a) Whenever a person, under the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of The Connecticut State Firefighters Association, is entitled to relief from said association, as a firefighter injured in the line of duty, or rendered sick by disease contracted while in the line of duty, or as the widow or child of a firefighter killed in the line of duty, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall, upon the delivery to said commissioner of proper proofs from said association of the right of such person to relief as aforesaid, process payment for such person or persons entitled to such relief, or their legal representative, for the amount to which such person or persons are entitled as relief as aforesaid, provided such orders shall be limited to available appropriations.

(b) Whenever a firefighter, under the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, is entitled to wage replacement benefits from said association pursuant to the firefighters cancer relief program established pursuant to section 5 of this act, the State Treasurer shall, upon the delivery to the State Treasurer of proper proof from said association of the right of such firefighter to wage replacement benefits as aforesaid, process payment for such firefighter entitled to such wage replacement benefits, or their legal representative, for the amount to which such firefighter is entitled as wage replacement benefits as aforesaid, provided such orders shall be limited to available funds contained in the firefighters cancer relief account established pursuant to section 3 of this act.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

February 1, 2017

16-256g

Sec. 2

February 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 3

February 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 4

February 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 5

February 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 6

February 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 7

February 1, 2017

29-303

Sec. 8

February 1, 2017

3-123

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Resources of the General Fund, Firefighters Cancer Relief Account

GF - Revenue Gain

Approximately $250,000

Approximately $600,000

Resources of the Enhanced 911 Telecommunications Fund

EF - Revenue Loss

Approximately $250,000

Approximately $600,000

Treasurer

GF - Cost

See Below

See Below

State Employee Fringe Benefits, State Employee and Retiree Health Accounts

GF - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

EF - Potential Revenue Loss

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund; EF= Enhanced 911 Telecommunications Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Potential Cost

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill establishes a new, non-lapsing General Fund account for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to fire personnel affected by certain cancer conditions.

Revenue Impact

Approximately five million access lines are subject to assessment by the Enhanced 911 Telecommunications Fund (E911 Fund). Utilizing one cent per month per line from the E911 Fund for the Firefighters Cancer Relief Account results in a General Fund revenue gain of approximately $250,000 in FY 17 and $600,000 in FY 18 and annually thereafter. The E911 Fund will realize corresponding revenue losses starting in FY 17.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection may also realize a loss of certain federal funds as a result of using the E911 Fund for non-emergency telecommunications purposes. Most recently, the E911 Fund received approximately $750,000 in federal funds after certifying the use of E911 Fund monies.

Administrative Costs

The bill requires the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the activity of the Firefighters Cancer Relief Account; including funds receipt, investment, and disbursal. Given that the Treasurer is not currently administering funds in a similar manner, significant additional costs are anticipated, beginning in FY 20, to manage the funds disbursal process. The Treasurer is anticipated to require up to four additional employees at an annual cost of approximately $300,000, including fringe benefits, to manage the activities of the account in accordance with the provisions of the bill.

Lastly, the provisions of the bill may result in a cost to the state and municipalities starting in FY 20 to provide health insurance coverage for individuals receiving wage replacement from the Firefighter's Cancer Relief Account who are (1) not actively employed by the state or municipalities and (2) not otherwise eligible for workers' compensation or disability coverage; it is unclear if this provision applies to retirees who are eligible for wage replacement from the account. The cost will depend on the number of eligible individuals and the employer's cost of coverage. The bill does not appear to preclude the employer from requiring the eligible individual from contributing an equivalent employee share towards health coverage.

House “A” strikes the underlying bill and results in the fiscal impact identified above.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the number of access lines in the state.

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5262 (as amended by House "A")*

AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR CURRENT AND FORMER UNIFORMED MEMBERS OF PAID OR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill creates the firefighters cancer relief account and the firefighters cancer relief program to provide wage replacement benefits to eligible paid and volunteer firefighters diagnosed with cancer. The bill establishes a new cancer relief subcommittee of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association to award benefits under the program. Firefighters are not eligible until July 1, 2019 (although another part of the bill states that eligibility starts in 2022, five years after the bill's effective date).

The account will be funded through a diversion of money from the enhanced emergency 9-1-1-program, which is funded through a monthly subscriber fee that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) imposes on phone service (see BACKGROUND). The bill requires, to the extent permitted under federal law, an amount from the fee equal to one cent per month per access line to be remitted from the fee to be deposited in the account the bill establishes.

Under the bill, “firefighter” includes any (1) local fire marshal, deputy fire marshal, fire investigator, fire inspector, and other classes of inspectors and investigators for whom the State Fire Marshal and the Codes and Standards Committee have jointly adopted minimum qualification standards; and (2) uniformed member of a paid municipal, state, or volunteer fire department.

An eligible firefighters' wage replacement benefits under the bill must be approved by the association subcommittee, which is authorized to determine the weekly amount benefit and the benefit duration, provided (1) the weekly benefit does not exceed 100% of the average weekly earnings of all workers in the state for the year in which the cancer was diagnosed and (2) the benefits are not provided for more than two years.

The bill specifically excludes a firefighter who receives benefits from the account from concurrently receiving unemployment or worker's compensation benefits or any other municipal, state, or federal wage replacement benefits. It also specifies that receiving benefits under the bill cannot be used as evidence for or an acknowledgement of liability under the workers' compensation law.

It also makes technical and conforming changes.

*House Amendment “A” strikes the original bill, which created a rebuttable presumption under workers' compensation law that firefighting performed by volunteer, municipal, and state firefighters causes numerous types of cancer.

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 1, 2017

1 & 3 — PHONE SERVICE FEE DIVERSION AND RELIEF ACCOUNT

To the extent permitted by federal law, beginning February 1, 2017, and not later than the 15th of each month following, the bill requires an amount equal to one cent per month per phone line to be remitted from the PURA-imposed fees to the state treasurer for deposit in the firefighters cancer relief account.

It creates the firefighters cancer relief account as a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. It must contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account, including any moneys deposited pursuant to the bill. Moneys in the account must be expended by the cancer relief subcommittee of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association, established for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to firefighters eligible under the bill.

The state treasurer must invest the money deposited in the account in a manner reasonable and appropriate to achieve the account's objectives and she must exercise the discretion and care of a prudent person in similar circumstances with similar objectives. The treasurer must give due consideration to rate of return, risk, term or maturity, diversification of the total portfolio within such account, liquidity, the projected disbursements and expenditures, and the expected payments, deposits, contributions and gifts to be received. The moneys in the account must be invested and reinvested until disbursed in accordance with the bill.

The money in the firefighters cancer relief account must be used solely for the purposes of providing wage replacement benefits to eligible firefighters and for administering the relief program.

4 — CANCER RELIEF SUBCOMMITTEE

The bill establishes a firefighters cancer relief subcommittee of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association that must consist of one member from each of the following organizations:

(It is unclear whether the state can create a subcommittee of an otherwise private organization or require it to include individuals who are not members of the organization.)

The subcommittee must review claims for wage replacement benefits submitted to the relief program and provide wage replacement benefits to any firefighter who the subcommittee determines is eligible under the bill. The subcommittee may use existing workers compensation law to determine the weekly wage replacement benefits.

The bill does not require or provide any appeals process for disputes or claim denials.

Benefit Amount and Duration

Under the bill, a firefighter approved for wage replacement benefits by the subcommittee will be eligible for benefits on and after July 1, 2019. (This provision conflicts with section five of the bill that requires a firefighter to work five years as a firefighter after the bill's effective date to be eligible, which would be 2022 at the earliest.)

The subcommittee must determine the benefit amount and duration within the following limits:

The labor commissioner determines the average weekly earnings of all workers in the state on or before August 15th each year, to be effective the following October 1. This figure is the average of all workers' weekly earnings for the year ending the previous June 30 and is determined in accordance with the standards established by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bill specifically excludes a firefighter who receives benefits from the account from concurrently receiving unemployment or worker's compensation benefits or any other municipal, state, or federal wage replacement benefits.

However, a firefighter may receive wage replacement benefits concurrently with any employer-provided employment benefits, provided the total compensation does not exceed the firefighter's pay rate at the time he or she was diagnosed with cancer (this provision could conflict with the provision above that prohibits other municipal, state, or federal wage replacement benefits). Presumably the other benefits do not include unemployment or worker's compensation benefits.

It also specifies that receiving benefits under the bill cannot be used as evidence for or an acknowledgement of liability under the workers' compensation law.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the general statutes, any employer who provides accident and health insurance or life insurance coverage for a firefighter or makes payments or contributions at the regular hourly or weekly rate for the firefighter to an employee welfare plan, must provide the firefighter equivalent insurance coverage or welfare plan payments or contributions while the firefighter is eligible to receive or is receiving the bill's wage replacement benefits. To the extent that this provision applies to volunteer firefighters who work for private employers, it could be found to be preempted by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which generally governs private sector benefit plans. As used in this bill, "employee welfare plan" means any plan established or maintained for a firefighter or the firefighter's family or dependents, for medical, surgical or hospital care benefits.

The treasurer must remit wage benefits approved by the subcommittee not later than 30 days after they have been approved.

5 — CANCER RELIEF PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS

Under the bill, the program provides wage replacement benefits for an eligible firefighter suffering from any condition of cancer affecting the brain, skin, skeletal system, digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, reproductive system, urinary system or hematological system that results in death, or temporary or permanent total or partial disability if the firefighter meets certain conditions.

A firefighter qualifies if he or she:

The bill defines “interior structural firefighter” as an individual who performs fire suppression, rescue, or both, inside of buildings or enclosed structures that are involved in a fire situation beyond the incipient stage, as defined in federal regulations.

Retired firefighters, who are otherwise eligible, may apply for benefits up to five years from the date such individual last served as a firefighter.

Ongoing Requirement

A firefighter will be required to submit to annual physical examinations, including blood testing, during his or her active service and for a period of five years after the date he or she last served as a firefighter as a condition of receiving the benefits. An individual who no longer serves as a firefighter must bear the cost of any required physical examination.

6 — REPORT TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

By January 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the treasurer, in consultation with the firefighters association, must submit a report to the Public Safety Committee on the status of the firefighters cancer relief account and relief program that includes (1) the balance of the account, (2) the projected and actual participation in the program, and (3) the demographic information of each firefighter who receives benefits under the program, including gender, age, town of residence, and income level.

7 — ADDITIONAL REPORTING ON FIRES

The bill also requires local fire chiefs and fire marshals to submit additional information to the state fire marshal regarding each fire, explosion, or other emergency. The bill requires their reports to include the name of each firefighter who was present and exposed to heat, radiation, or a known or suspected carcinogen as a result of the fire, explosion, or other fire emergency and the duration of the exposure.

8 — BENEFIT PROOF AND PAYMENT PROCESS

Under the bill, the treasurer must process payment approved by the subcommittee for a firefighter or the firefighter's legal representative on receipt of proof from the association. It specifies this is done for a firefighter under the provisions of the association's constitution and bylaws. It is unclear if the association's constitution and bylaws address this new fund and program and whether they generally allow benefits for firefighters who are not members of the association. The association is a private, non-profit membership organization for paid and volunteer firefighters.

The bill specifies the benefits are limited to the available funds in the relief account the bill establishes.

BACKGROUND

Funding for the E 9-1-1 Program

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection commissioner must annually determine and report to PURA the associated expenses and amount of funding needed to develop and administer the enhanced emergency 911 (E-911) system. Funding can be provided for:

Related Bill

sHB 5075 (File 3), favorably reported by the Labor Committee, requires the state to create a firefighters' cancer disability insurance benefit program that covers some of the same cancers.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

11

Nay

2

(03/01/2016)

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

42

Nay

6

(04/05/2016)

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