|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 16, 2021||referred to local government|
senate Bill S1963
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Local Government Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1963 (ACTIVE) - Details
S1963 (ACTIVE) - Summary
Provides that if, as a result of services performed in line of duty during a state of emergency, a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance worker is exposed to or comes in contact with COVID-19, the chief engineer or other executive officer of the fire department or fire company or the captain or other executive officer of the ambulance department, volunteer ambulance company or ambulance district of which he or she is a member may authorize such volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance worker to obtain such examinations, tests, treatment and care as are immediately necessary to determine whether he or she is injured; further grants a presumption that exposure to COVID-19 caused partial or total disability or death.
S1963 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S1963 SPONSOR: BROOKS TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the volunteer firefighters' benefit law and the volun- teer ambulance workers' benefit law, in relation to COVID-19 exposure during a state of emergency PURPOSE: This purpose of this bill is to extend existing benefits for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers to include exposure to COVID-19 during a state of emergency. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. amends the volunteer firefighters' benefit law by adding a new section 11-d to provide that during a declared state of emergency if a volunteer firefighter during the course of their duties is exposed to COVID-19 the chief engineer or other executive officer of the fire
S1963 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1963 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 16, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. BROOKS, ADDABBO, BOYLE, GALLIVAN, GAUGHRAN, HOYLMAN, JORDAN, KAMINSKY, KAPLAN, KENNEDY, MAY, ORTT, SERINO, SKOUFIS, THOMAS -- 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' benefit law, in relation to COVID-19 exposure during a state of emergency 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 11-d to read as follows: § 11-D. COVID-19 EXPOSURE. 1. IF, AS A RESULT OF SERVICES PERFORMED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IS EXPOSED TO OR COMES IN CONTACT WITH COVID-19, THE CHIEF ENGINEER OR OTHER EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR FIRE COMPANY OF WHICH HE OR SHE IS A MEMBER MAY AUTHORIZE THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER TO OBTAIN SUCH EXAMINATIONS, TESTS, TREATMENT AND CARE AS ARE IMMEDIATELY NECES- SARY TO DETERMINE WHETHER HE OR SHE IS INJURED. ANY SUCH AUTHORIZATION MAY BE GRANTED PRIOR TO THE GIVING OF A NOTICE OF INJURY UNDER THIS CHAPTER. IN ANY SUCH CASE, THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN INJURED AND SHALL BE ENTITLED TO TREATMENT AND CARE AND DISA- BILITY BENEFITS AS PROVIDED IN THIS CHAPTER. 2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER OR OF ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL OR LOCAL LAW TO THE CONTRARY, AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS CHAP- TER, ANY, CONDITION OF IMPAIRMENT OF HEALTH CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 DURING A STATE OF EMERGENCY, RESULTING IN, TOTAL OR PARTIAL DISABILITY OR DEATH TO A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER WHERE SUCH FIREFIGHTER TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, SHALL BE PRESUMPTIVE EVIDENCE THAT SUCH DISABILITY OR DEATH: (A) WAS CAUSED BY THE NATURAL AND PROXIMATE RESULT OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19, NOT CAUSED BY SUCH FIREFIGHTER'S OWN NEGLI- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03678-01-1
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