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  • Legislative update from PFFUI 4/11/17
    Posted On: Apr 13, 2017

    Brothers and Sisters,

    We are happy to report that four of our major bills have now passed the full Senate or House floors and are on their way to the Governor to sign. 

    HB1171, disciplinary rights for firefighters, has passed the House 91-4 and now has passed the Senate 49-0. 

    HB1617 is a bill that will increase the disability pension to a police officer or firefighter disabled in the line of duty with a catastrophic injury to 100% of their salary and allow their minor children to attend a State university for free. This bill passed the House and now has passed the Senate floor 49-0. 

    SB80 deals with allowing a police officer or firefighter who’s in the DROP and is disabled in the line of duty to take both benefits. This bill passed the Senate 50-0 and passed the House 96-0. 

    HB1122 deals with giving confidentiality rights to crisis intervention teams. 

    The passing of these bills didn't happen by accident, it's because we have spent years building relationships with legislators at the Statehouse and being there every day talking about our issues. 

    We are sad to report that HB1124, the bill that will notify firefighters when a structure has light weight construction in it has failed again this year. There will be further discussion about reporting light weight construction and firefighter safety at the PFFUI state convention in Muncie next month. We plan on bringing this bill back in 2018.  
    There were around 100 bills we started tracking at the beginning of the session to see ones that are still alive please visit pffui.com.

    Fraternally
    Mike Whited
    Vice-President, PFFUI

    Tom Hanify
    President, PFFUI


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