United States Legislation
Presently, the 114th United States Congress is conducting business in Washington, D.C. through the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. The 114th Congress began its work on January 3, 2015 and is scheduled to adjourn on January 3, 2017. The following is a list of significant fire service legislation. To learn more about each bill, click on the bill number to check the status of the legislation and read the complete text. You may also visit the Library of Congress Legislative Database (Thomas) for information on legislation introduced during the current and past Congresses.
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Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act – The legislation improves the timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of PSOB death, disability, and educational assistance claims.
National Mitigation Investment Act – The legislation incentivizes states to adopt state-wide model building codes and creates a grant program to assist states and localities in enforcing those building codes.
Honoring Emergency Response Officers (Hero) Benefits Reform Act – The legislation improves timeliness and transparency in the Justice Department’s processing of PSOB death, disability, and educational assistance claims, and clarifies that fire police and fire investigators are public safety officers for the purposes of the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) program.
Firefighter Cancer Registry Act – 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.
Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016 – The legislation clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders”.
Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act – 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.
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters And Emergency Responders Act – The legislation ensures that volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act – 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.
Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment And Retention Act – The legislation modifies the federal tax code to make it easier for fire departments and local governments to provide recruitment and retention incentive to volunteer emergency response personnel through length of service award programs (LOSAPs).
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act – The legislation amends federal law to create a rebuttable presumption that heart disease, lung disease, specified cancers and infectious diseases contracted by federal firefighters are job-related and contracted in the line-of-duty for purposes of worker’s compensation and disability retirement.
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