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Published on Friday, February 9, 2018

First responder occupational disease bills awaiting floor action

HB 2633 and its companion SB 6213 expand presumptive occupational disease coverage. The bills would add five infectious diseases for fire and law enforcement, nine additional cancers for fire personnel, and heart problems for law enforcement officers. The substitute version of HB 2633 no longer includes the addition of strokes for law enforcement or fire personnel.

SB 6214 creates an occupational disease presumption for a post-traumatic stress for law enforcement officers and firefighters who have served at least 10 years. A substitute version passed out of its policy committee.

These bills are all in their respective Rules committees. If they are not voted out of their chamber by Wednesday, February 14, they will die.

AWC opposes these costly expansions of occupational disease presumption.

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