Bills Head to Governor
Several bills I authored this session were sent to the governor to await his signature.
House Bill 2051 would allow retired paid firefighters to return to service as volunteers without affecting their state pensions. It passed the state Senate this week 42-0.
Our rural fire departments depend on volunteer firefighters to keep residents and their properties safe. This law will allow those willing to serve in this capacity to do so without damaging their own pension plans and without adding cost to the state.
This measure goes along with legislation I previously authored that eliminated the 45-year-old age limit for new firefighters by giving them the ability to join a department without the requirement they be added to the state’s pension plan. The legislation, which took effect in November 2015, has resulted in 300 new volunteer firefighters joining rural fire departments over the past 3 ½ years.
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