senate Bill S776

Increases permanent total disability benefits

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 15 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A4612
Versions:
S776
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S776

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law and the
volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to increasing
permanent total disability benefits

PURPOSE :
To increase the benefits received by totally disabled volunteer
firefighters and ambulance workers in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: Amends section 8 of the volunteer firefighters law to
increase the benefits paid to permanently totally disabled
firefighters from $400 to $450. Section 2: Amends section 8 of the
volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law to increase the benefits paid
to permanently totally disabled ambulance workers from $400 to $450.
Section 3: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION :
Volunteer firefighters who are injured in the course of their
volunteer service are eligible under State law to receive workers'
compensation for their injuries. The State has enacted these benefits
in recognition that these volunteers provide enormously important
services to our communities.

Chapter 574 of the laws of 1998, raised the benefit level for all
volunteer firefighters with permanent total disabilities to the
maximum amount of $400 a week regardless of their date of injury.
Recognizing that inflationary forces make it increasingly difficult to
subsist on a fixed income, this legislation would increase the maximum
benefits to $450.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 Passed Senate.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
To be determined

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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