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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bullet  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.

bullet  S. 2944 was introduced on February 20, 2015 by Senator Pat Toomey (PA)was introduced by Senator Charles Grassley (IA) on May 18, 2016

bullet  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.

bullet  H.R. 5177 was introduced by Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) on May 10, 2016.

bullet  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.

bullet  H.R. 5123 was introduced by Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) on April 29, 2016.

bullet  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.

bullet  H.R. 4625 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) on February 25, 2016.bullet  S. 2799 was introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (NJ) on April 14, 2016.

bullet  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”.

bullet  H.R. 4365 was introduced by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-8) on January 12, 2016.

bullet  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.

bullet  H.R. 3591 was introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) on September 22, 2015.bullet  S. 2068 was introduced by Senator Susan Collins (ME) on September 22, 2015.

bullet  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.

bullet  S. 420 was introduced on February 20, 2015 by Senator Pat Toomey (PA).bullet  H.R. 2658 was introduced on June 4, 2015 by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11).

bullet  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.

bullet  S. 609 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Senator Charles Schumer (NY).bullet  H.R. 2752 was introduced on June 12, 2015 by Congressman John Larson (CT-1).

bullet  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).

bullet  S. 616 was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Senator Susan Collins (ME).bullet  H.R. 1171was introduced on February 27, 2015 by Congressman Peter King (NY-2).

bullet  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.

bullet  H.R. 1035 was introduced on February 24, 2015 by Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24).

Resources

Congressional Fire Services Institute

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Congressional Resources

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