senate Bill S3589A

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: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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3589--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01506-03-3

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