senate Bill S3589A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 27, 2014 print number 3589b
amend and recommit to local government
Jan 08, 2014 referred to local government
Apr 16, 2013 print number 3589a
amend and recommit to local government
Feb 07, 2013 referred to local government

Bill Amendments

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S3589 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
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 Session:
S5624B

S3589 - Bill Texts

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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 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

Co-Sponsors

S3589A - Bill Details

Current Committee:
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 Session:
S5624B

S3589A - Bill Texts

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

view 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

Co-Sponsors

S3589B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
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 Session:
S5624B

S3589B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S3589B

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 relat-
ing 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, 2014 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, 2014
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 compen-
sation law, on the other hand, was amended in 2007 to provide an employ-
ee 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:

2013 - S.3589A - Local Government Committee/A.485A - Passed Assembly.
2011-12 S.5624B Local Government Committee/A. 8563B - Passed Assembly.

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--B

                       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  --  recommitted to the
  Committee on Local Government in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8
  -- 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' benefit 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 FOURTEEN. 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 FOURTEEN, 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 FOURTEEN. 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 FOUR-
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.
                                                           LBD01506-06-4

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