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Bill S3589A-2013

Provides total disability benefits for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers for injuries sustained on or after July 1, 2013

Provides total disability benefits for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers for injuries sustained on or after July 1, 2014.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Apr 16, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 3589A
  • Apr 16, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Feb 7, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3589A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law and the volunteer ambulance workers' law, in relation to updating benefits and modernizing coverage for services provided in the line of duty

PURPOSE: This legislation updates and modernizes certain provisions of law relating to the volunteer fire service. The purpose of the legislation is to more accurately reflect current emergency response practices and to bring the state of the law for volunteers into greater parity with other segments of the response community.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the volunteer firefighters' benefit law to increase the award for temporary total disability and permanent total disability for firefighters injured in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2013 to six hundred fifty dollars.

Section two amends the volunteer ambulance workers law to increase the award for temporary total disability and permanent total disability for ambulance workers injured in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2013 to six hundred fifty dollars.

Section three is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Awards under the volunteer firefighters benefit law and the volunteer benefits laws have not been increased since 1992. The workers compensation law, on the other hand, was amended in 2007 to provide an employee who is totally disabled to receive an award equal to two thirds of the New York State average wage; an award that amounted to $775 in 2011. This bill seeks to narrow the gap between the workers compensation law and VFBL and VABL by increasing awards to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who are totally disabled to six hundred fifty dollars per week.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S.5624b Local Government Committee/A. 8563b - Passed Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3589--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 7, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law and the volun- teer ambulance workers' law, in relation to updating benefits and modernizing coverage for services provided in the line of duty THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The volunteer firefighters' benefit law is amended by adding a new section 9-a to read as follows: S 9-A. TOTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR INJURIES ON OR AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION EIGHT OR NINE OF THIS ARTICLE, IN THE CASE OF TEMPORARY TOTAL DISABILITY AND PERMANENT TOTAL DISABILITY WHEN THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IS INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON OR AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, SAID FIREFIGHTER SHALL RECEIVE SIX HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER WEEK DURING THE CONTINUANCE THEREOF. S 2. The volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law is amended by adding a new section 9-a to read as follows: S 9-A. TOTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR INJURIES ON OR AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION EIGHT OR NINE OF THIS ARTICLE, IN THE CASE OF TEMPORARY TOTAL DISABILITY AND PERMANENT TOTAL DISABILITY WHEN THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER IS INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON OR AFTER JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIR- TEEN, SAID AMBULANCE WORKER SHALL RECEIVE SIX HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER WEEK DURING THE CONTINUANCE THEREOF. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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