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North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day

On behalf of the board and staff of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that attended the 2014 NCSFA Legislative Day.  Having you there in uniform made for a truly impressive prescence in the halls of the legislature.

We spent our day visiting with members of the House and Senate asking them for support for the bills that effect our membership.  Without the support of each of our members, especially the more than 150 that came to Raleigh to advocate in person, we could not be as successful as we have been this legislative session.

Thank you all again for your efforts.  We have made great strides and will continue to do great things for the North Carolina Fire Service with your continued support.

Stay safe,

Tommy Cole, President

NC State Firemen’s Association

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2014 North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Legislative Day

2010 Legislative Day

Legislative Day 

May 28, 2014

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. It has been said a thousand times, and it is so true—legislators want to speak to members they represent. House and Senate members respond best to those who vote for them.  This is a most important time to make friends and tell our story.

On May 28th, 2014, we will meet and greet our House and Senate members.  Our goal is to have at least one member from each politica district in Raleigh, so we need our members from the East, West and Piedmont to attend legislative day.

We will meet at the NCSFA Office at 09:00, hold a briefing from our lobbyist, go speak with our legislators about issues facing North Carolina firefighters, and then meet at the Nature Research Center (Museum of Natural Science) in the 4th floor meeting room for lunch. Please contact Kris at kris@ncsfa.com with any questions and to let us know that you will be in attendance.

There are 120 members in the House of Representatives and 50 members in the Senate. Not sure who represents you and your area? Look them up here.

Legislative Days of previous years have been a huge success. Last year we encouraged the passage of HB 327, HB 357, and HB 358.  We were involved in the passage of the  2013 Appropriation Act which included funding for the Volunteer Safety Worker’s Compensation Fund and VIPER.  Please plan to participate in our 2014 visit to the State Capitol.  Because of the strong participation of our members in 2013, we were successful with about 90% of our Legislative Agenda items.

We need you to participate.  Sign up today with Kris!

IRS Announces that Volunteers will not be Treated as Employees Under Obamacare

 

IRS Announces that Volunteers will not be Treated as Employees Under Obamacare

 

 

Published Date: 01.11.2014

 

On January 10, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur posted a notice on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s blog that the IRS, “…will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents).” This is exactly what the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) had asked for in a September 9 letter to the IRS regarding this issue.

 

“This is very good news for the nation’s volunteer fire and EMS community,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We’ll need to wait and see what the final implementing regulations say to ensure that they address our concerns fully but based on the information in Assistant Secretary Mazur’s announcement it appears that emergency services agencies will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage to volunteer personnel under Obamacare.”

 

The Treasury announcement references having reviewed, “…statutory provisions that apply to bona fide volunteers under Section 457(e)(11) of the Tax Code…” in reaching the decision not to treat volunteers as employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Section 457(e)(11)(i) is a definition of bona fide volunteer that allows for individuals to be treated as volunteers even if they receive compensation for performing services in the form of reimbursement for reasonable expenses or reasonable benefits such as length of service awards or nominal fees.

 

Ensuring that nominally compensated volunteers would not be considered employees under the PPACA has been a top priority for the NVFC. Click on the articles below for more information on this issue.

http://www.treasury.gov/connect/blog/Pages/Treasury-Ensures-Fair-Treatment-for-Volunteer-Firefighters-and-Emergency-Responders-under-the-Affordable-Care-Act-Under-ACA.aspx