senate Bill S3589

Amended

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

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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
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  • 07 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 3589A
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 27 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3589B

Summary

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

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3589
S3589A
S3589B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law
Laws Affected:
Add §9-a, Vol Ffs Ben L; add §9-a, Vol Amb Wkr Ben L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S5624B

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3589

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law
and the volunteer ambulance workers' law, in relation to updating bene-
fits 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 legis-
lation is to more accurately reflect current emergency response prac-
tices 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
five hundred 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 five hundred dollars.

Section 3 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 from $400 to
$500 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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3589

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 7, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. GRIFFO, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed,
  and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government

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  FIVE  HUNDRED  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 FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER WEEK
DURING THE CONTINUANCE THEREOF.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01506-01-3

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