Extends provisions of the volunteer firefighters' benefit law relating to claims for benefits when a firefighter suffers heart related death or disability until 2015.
Ayes (7): Stewart-Cousins, Oppenheimer, Valesky, Thompson, Johnson C, Little, Bonacic
Excused (1): Morahan
Ayes (58): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Padavan, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner, Young
Excused (4): Golden, Morahan, Oppenheimer, Schneiderman
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 668 of the laws of 1977, amending the volunteer firefighters' benefit law, relating to disability due to disease or malfunction of the heart or coronary arteries, in relation to extending the expiration of such provisions
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: To extend until June 30, 2015 section 61 of the Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law.
JUSTIFICATION: Section 61 of the Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law requires that a claim for benefits must be paid unless shown by substantial evidence to the contrary that the duties and activities of the volunteer firefighter did not cause the heart disease or malfunction.
Every two years since 1979, Section 4 of Chapter 668 of the Laws of 1977 has been amended to extend the expiration date for only two years. This section due to expire on June 30, 2010, offers assistance to those volunteers who are stricken while performing in the line of duty.
Our volunteer firefighters provide an invaluable service to New York State and our individual communities. We, therefore, owe it to our volunteer firefighters to extend this section of law to June 30, 2015.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1999-00: S.742 2001-02: S.2405/A.861 2003-04: S.576/A.897 2005-06: S.1401A/A.567A
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2769--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 2, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Local Government in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend chapter 668 of the laws of 1977, amending the volunteer firefighters' benefit law, relating to disability due to disease or malfunction of the heart or coronary arteries, in relation to extend- ing the expiration of such provisions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 4 of chapter 668 of the laws of 1977, amending the volunteer firefighters' benefit law, relating to disability due to disease or malfunction of the heart or coronary arteries, as amended by chapter 138 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: S 4. The provisions of section two of this act shall remain in full force and effect to and including the thirtieth day of June,
2015. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09543-03-0