A05895 Summary:

BILL NOA05895
 
SAME ASSAME AS S04631
 
SPONSORMagnarelli (MS)
 
COSPNSRBuchwald, Gunther, Woerner, Wallace, Galef, Bronson, D'Urso, Steck, McDonald, Buttenschon
 
MLTSPNSREnglebright
 
Add 9-a, Vol Ffs Ben L; add 9-a, Vol Amb Wkr Ben L
 
Provides total disability benefits for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers for injuries sustained on or after July 1, 2019.
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A05895 Actions:

BILL NOA05895
 
02/20/2019referred to local governments
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A05895 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A5895
 
SPONSOR: Magnarelli (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: 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   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 1 amends the volunteer firefighters' benefit law (VFBL) to provide a weekly benefit of $650 for volunteers that sustain total permanent disability or partial permanent disability while in the line of duty. Section 2 amends the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law (VAWBL) to provide a weekly benefit of $650 for volunteers that sustain total permanent disability or partial permanent disability while in the line of duty. Section 3 establishes effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Like any other industry, the volunteer fire service has evolved over time. Years of experience and technological advancements have changed the ways volunteer emergency response is provided and, as a result, a new set of preferred or best practices has developed. This legislation is designed to modernize the law to better reflect current practices and to update the law to bring the volunteer fire service into greater pari- ty with other segments of the workforce. Despite years of experience and technological advancements, injuries are still a part of the volunteer fire service. Sometimes the injuries are severe - causing temporary or total permanent disabilities. The weekly benefit under VFBL and VAWBL for such injuries has not been updated in over ten years. It is time to update these benefits.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-2018: A.6367-A, 2015-16: A.1627, 2013-2014: 485-B, 2011-2012: A.8563-B   FISCAL IMPACT: None to the State. This bill may affect premiums of local districts that purchase policies in accordance with the VFBL or the VAWBL.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A05895 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          5895
 
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    February 20, 2019
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. MAGNARELLI, BUCHWALD, GUNTHER, WOERNER, WALLACE,
          GALEF, BRONSON, D'URSO, STECK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ENGLE-
          BRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Local Governments
 
        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:
 
     1    Section  1.    The  volunteer  firefighters' benefit law is amended by
     2  adding a new section 9-a to read as follows:
     3    § 9-a. Total disability benefits for injuries on or after July  first,
     4  two  thousand  nineteen. Notwithstanding the provisions of section eight
     5  or nine of this article, in the case of temporary total  disability  and
     6  permanent  total disability when the volunteer firefighter is injured in
     7  the line of duty on or after July first,  two  thousand  nineteen,  said
     8  firefighter  shall receive six hundred fifty dollars per week during the
     9  continuance thereof.
    10    § 2. The volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law is amended by adding
    11  a new section 9-a to read as follows:
    12    § 9-a. Total disability benefits for injuries on or after July  first,
    13  two  thousand  nineteen. Notwithstanding the provisions of section eight
    14  or nine of this article, in the case of temporary total  disability  and
    15  permanent  total  disability  when  the  volunteer  ambulance  worker is
    16  injured in the line of duty on or after July first, two  thousand  nine-
    17  teen,  said ambulance worker shall receive six hundred fifty dollars per
    18  week during the continuance thereof.
    19    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00193-01-9
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A05895 LFIN:

 NO LFIN
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