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Friday April 28, 2017

Legislative Updates

2017 LEGISLATION

April 28th UPDATE

Cross over deadline has passed and they’ve finished a busy week at the General Assembly. Many of our bills are still eligible and our priorities remain the same. Even if a bill did not make cross over to the other Chamber, the language still can be added to an eligible bill in a committee, and any bill with financing or appropriation approval is still eligible, regardless of crossover. If you are planning on coming next Thursday for Legislative Day, we look forward to seeing each of you. If you have not planned to come, please do. This is a team effort and all politics start at the local level, where representatives know their constituents are involved and informed.  

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL MEET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.  

**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.** 

Here is a listing of some of the priorities we may be addressing during Legislative Day. Some of this may change as bills become eligible, and we will brief those who come on any changes. If you speak to legislators before then, here are a few key issues:

Priority #1: Support House Bill 340 Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

This bill allows firefighters in the State and Local Government Retirement System to retire at age 50 with 30 years’ experience and provides a supplement until they reach the age they are eligible for unreduced social security benefits. Law enforcement officers have had this benefit since the 1980’s. Firefighting is an extremely physical job, and after 30 years it becomes more and more difficult. The supplement allows a firefighter to afford retirement until they receive social security benefits. Provisions of this bill are also included in SB 396. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

Priority #2: Support House Bill 190 Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

This bill reduces the number of years a firefighter must serve before he/she is eligible for relief fund benefits and simplifies the relief fund reporting by allowing the Chief to submit their report at the same time they submit their pension rosters to the State Association. Provisions of this bill are also included in HB 101, HB 181, SB 102, and SB 216. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

Priority #3: Support HB 355 Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancer

This bill adds 6 types of cancer to the 3 existing in the Line of Duty Death Benefit Act for Firefighters. The existing Act provides $50,000 to any firefighter who dies in the line of duty. The fiscal impact of this bill is minimal compared to the benefit it provides families of firefighters who die from cancers they contracted on the job. Provisions of this bill are also included in SB 356.

Priority #4: Support HB 189 Search and Rescue Name and Funding

This bill changes the name of collapse rescue teams and provides funding for these teams so that they can provide specialized rescue to the entire state, not just their jurisdictions, particularly the rural area. They are typically located in larger urban areas, but provide response to all areas of the State that lacks these rescue capabilities, especially during natural disasters. Provisions of this bill are also included in HB 740, SB 222. It is currently in House Appropriations.

Priority #5: Oppose SB 590 and HB 873 NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

The fire service opposes any increase in the size, use and availability of fireworks in NC. There are six areas of concern that can be provided, but the lack of instructions on the larger fireworks, their explosive capabilities, and their expanded use are huge concerns for the fire service in terms of injury, wildland fires, and structure fires.

Priority # 6: Support HB 325 Amend Arson Law/Prosecutor Funds

This bill increases the penalty for Arson, particularly during other crimes or when an emergency responder is injured, and provides funding for a special prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys to serve as a resource on Arson Cases. It also clarifies the authority of the Office of State Fire Marshal to investigate fires. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

The NCSFA and NCAFC’s also supports the following bills:

HB 2 Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of FF’s Killed in the Line of Duty

HB 98 Criminal Offense to Vandalize or Damage Emergency Equipment

HB 181 First Responder Act of 2017

HB 666 Revise Volunteer Fire Department Requirements

This report below includes all legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.

Federal

These are Federal Level Bills of importance to the fire service that have been introduced in the current session. Information on the bills come from a number of sources including the IAFC and NVFC. It is important to note that many issues affecting the fire service are in the budget bill, including AFG, SAFRE, USFA/NFA Funding, and VFA. When talking with your Congressional Representatives be sure and ask them to keep these items funded in the budget as requested by members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).

HR 0931 Chris Collins Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017

2/10/2017 – House – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

HR 1720 Peter King LOSAP CAP Act Length of Service Award Program Cap Adjustment Priority Act

3/24/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

HR 1892 John Larson Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

4/4/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HR 1991 Lou Barletta Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act

4/6/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

NC Bills

Here are the North Carolina Bills of interest affecting the fire service that the NCSFA/NCAFC’S legislative committee will be following at this point. 

H 0002 Nelson Dollar Property Tax Exemption for Firefighters

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175

3/8/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0091 John Torbett Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

4/24/2017 – House – Placed On Cal For 04/25/2017

H 0094 Michael Speciale Emergency Management/Drone Use

4/13/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0098 Nelson Dollar Makes it a Criminal Offense to vandalize, or otherwise damage emergency equipment.

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0101 James Clampitt Jackson County/Trout Capital of NC

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0103 George Cleveland Equal Tax Treatment of Gov’t Retirees

2/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Pensions and Retirement

H 0176 Stephen Ross Pensions Integrity Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017

4/4/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Finance

H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0189 Robert Davis Search and Rescue Name and Team Funding

2/27/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Appropriations

H 0190 Patricia Hurley Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0284 Gregory Murphy 25-Year LEO Retirement Option

3/30/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0285 Gregory Murphy Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel

4/24/2017 – House – Ordered Engrossed

H 0323 James Clampitt Honor the Life and Memory of Howard Wilson

3/14/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0325 Allen McNeill Amend Arson Law

4/24/2017 – House – Passed 3rd Reading

H 0340 Nelson Dollar Special Separation Allowance Firefighters/RSW

4/10/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0355 Jason Saine Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

4/5/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0418 James Clampitt SOS/Save Our Street Signs

4/13/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Judiciary II

H 0565 James Clampitt Modify Composition/911 Board

4/6/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0666 Brenden Jones Revise Volunteer Fire Department Req’ts

4/24/2017 – House – Passed 3rd Reading

H 0739 Carl Ford Ambulance Weapon Exception/LEO %26amp; Firefighters

4/13/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Judiciary I

H 0740 Allen McNeill SAR Rename/Disputed County Boundaries/Mapping

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0873 Mark Brody NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

4/24/2017 – House – Filed

S 0024 Thomas McInnis Use of Grills for Commercial Restaurants

4/10/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 0066 Wesley Meredith Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0102 Warren Daniel Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0109 Cathy Dunn Hate Crime Against Emergency Worker

2/20/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0182 Thomas McInnis Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles

4/24/2017 – Senate – Passed 3rd Reading

S 0199 Danny Britt Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years

3/8/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0216 Wesley Meredith Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting

3/21/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0222 Michael Lee Search and Rescue Name and Funding

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref Com On Appropriations/Base Budget

S 0240 Kathryn Harrington Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0257 Harry Brown Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0274 Danny Britt Robeson First Responders Training/Funds

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0275 Danny Britt Columbus Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0276 Danny Britt Robeson Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0355 James Woodard Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0356 James Woodard Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0371 Andrew Brock Building Code Regulatory Reform

4/10/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0396 Jeffery Tarte Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/28/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0590 Andrew Brock NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

4/6/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

____________________________________________________________________ 

Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:  

 

•      Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson

•      Brian Cox, NCSFA 

•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA

•      Kevin Gordon, NCSFA

•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA

 •     Debbie Clary, Lobbyist

•      AC Rich, NCSFA

•      Tracy Mosley, NCAFC 

•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC

•      Steve Neal, NCAFC

•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

•      Jeff Cash, NCAFC

 

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley, Executive Director

Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board

Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs


April 25th UPDATE

It is an active time in the General Assembly this week with legislators trying to get their bills to cross over to the other Chamber before crossover deadline.

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL MEET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.  

**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.** 

 

Here is a listing of some of the priorities we may be addressing during Legislative Day. Some of this may change as bills become eligible, and we will brief those who come on any changes. If you speak to legislators before then, here are a few key issues:

 

Priority #1: Support House Bill 340 Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

This bill allows firefighters in the State and Local Government Retirement System to retire at age 50 with 30 years’ experience and provides a supplement until they reach the age they are eligible for unreduced social security benefits. Law enforcement officers have had this benefit since the 1980’s. Firefighting is an extremely physical job, and after 30 years it becomes more and more difficult. The supplement allows a firefighter to afford retirement until they receive social security benefits. Provisions of this bill are also included in SB 396. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

Priority #2: Support House Bill 190 Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

This bill reduces the number of years a firefighter must serve before he/she is eligible for relief fund benefits and simplifies the relief fund reporting by allowing the Chief to submit their report at the same time they submit their pension rosters to the State Association. Provisions of this bill are also included in HB 101, HB 181, SB 102, and SB 216. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

Priority #3: Support HB 355 Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancer

This bill adds 6 types of cancer to the 3 existing in the Line of Duty Death Benefit Act for Firefighters. The existing Act provides $50,000 to any firefighter who dies in the line of duty. The fiscal impact of this bill is minimal compared to the benefit it provides families of firefighters who die from cancers they contracted on the job. Provisions of this bill are also included in SB 356.

Priority #4: Support HB 189 Search and Rescue Name and Funding

This bill changes the name of collapse rescue teams and provides funding for these teams so that they can provide specialized rescue to the entire state, not just their jurisdictions, particularly the rural area. They are typically located in larger urban areas, but provide response to all areas of the State that lacks these rescue capabilities, especially during natural disasters. Provisions of this bill are also included in HB 740, SB 222. It is currently in House Appropriations.

Priority #5: Oppose SB 590 and HB 873 NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

The fire service opposes any increase in the size, use and availability of fireworks in NC. There are six areas of concern that can be provided, but the lack of instructions on the larger fireworks, their explosive capabilities, and their expanded use are huge concerns for the fire service in terms of injury, wildland fires, and structure fires.

Priority # 6: Support HB 325 Amend Arson Law/Prosecutor Funds

This bill increases the penalty for Arson, particularly during other crimes or when an emergency responder is injured, and provides funding for a special prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys to serve as a resource on Arson Cases. It also clarifies the authority of the Office of State Fire Marshal to investigate fires. It has passed the House and is in the Senate.

The NCSFA and NCAFC’s also supports the following bills:

HB 2 Property Tax Exemption for Spouses of FF’s Killed in the Line of Duty

HB 98 Criminal Offense to Vandalize or Damage Emergency Equipment

HB 181 First Responder Act of 2017

HB 666 Revise Volunteer Fire Department Requirements

 

 

This report below includes all legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.

 

 

Federal

These are Federal Level Bills of importance to the fire service that have been introduced in the current session. Information on the bills come from a number of sources including the IAFC and NVFC. It is important to note that many issues affecting the fire service are in the budget bill, including AFG, SAFRE, USFA/NFA Funding, and VFA. When talking with your Congressional Representatives be sure and ask them to keep these items funded in the budget as requested by members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).

 

HR 0931 Chris Collins Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017

2/10/2017 – House – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

HR 1720 Peter King LOSAP CAP Act Length of Service Award Program Cap Adjustment Priority Act

3/24/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

NC Bills

Here are the North Carolina Bills of interest affecting the fire service that the NCSFA/NCAFC’S legislative committee will be following at this point. 

 

H 0002 Nelson Dollar Property Tax Exemption for Firefighters

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175

3/8/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0091 John Torbett Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

4/24/2017 – House – Placed On Cal For 04/25/2017

H 0094 Michael Speciale Emergency Management/Drone Use

4/13/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0098 Nelson Dollar Makes it a Criminal Offense to vandalize, or otherwise damage emergency equipment.

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0101 James Clampitt Jackson County/Trout Capital of NC

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0103 George Cleveland Equal Tax Treatment of Gov’t Retirees

2/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Pensions and Retirement

H 0176 Stephen Ross Pensions Integrity Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017

4/4/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Finance

H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0189 Robert Davis Search and Rescue Name and Team Funding

2/27/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Appropriations

H 0190 Patricia Hurley Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0284 Gregory Murphy 25-Year LEO Retirement Option

3/30/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0285 Gregory Murphy Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel

4/24/2017 – House – Ordered Engrossed

H 0323 James Clampitt Honor the Life and Memory of Howard Wilson

3/14/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0325 Allen McNeill Amend Arson Law

4/24/2017 – House – Passed 3rd Reading

H 0340 Nelson Dollar Special Separation Allowance Firefighters/RSW

4/10/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0355 Jason Saine Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

4/5/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0418 James Clampitt SOS/Save Our Street Signs

4/13/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Judiciary II

H 0565 James Clampitt Modify Composition/911 Board

4/6/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0666 Brenden Jones Revise Volunteer Fire Department Req’ts

4/24/2017 – House – Passed 3rd Reading

H 0739 Carl Ford Ambulance Weapon Exception/LEO %26amp; Firefighters

4/13/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Judiciary I

H 0740 Allen McNeill SAR Rename/Disputed County Boundaries/Mapping

4/21/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0873 Mark Brody NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

4/24/2017 – House – Filed

S 0024 Thomas McInnis Use of Grills for Commercial Restaurants

4/10/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 0066 Wesley Meredith Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0102 Warren Daniel Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0109 Cathy Dunn Hate Crime Against Emergency Worker

2/20/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0182 Thomas McInnis Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles

4/24/2017 – Senate – Passed 3rd Reading

S 0199 Danny Britt Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years

3/8/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0216 Wesley Meredith Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting

3/21/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0222 Michael Lee Search and Rescue Name and Funding

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref Com On Appropriations/Base Budget

S 0240 Kathryn Harrington Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0257 Harry Brown Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0274 Danny Britt Robeson First Responders Training/Funds

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0275 Danny Britt Columbus Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0276 Danny Britt Robeson Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0355 James Woodard Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0356 James Woodard Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0371 Andrew Brock Building Code Regulatory Reform

4/10/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0396 Jeffery Tarte Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/28/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0590 Andrew Brock NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

4/6/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

____________________________________________________________________ 

Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:  

 

•      Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson

•      Brian Cox, NCSFA 

•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA

•      Kevin Gordon, NCSFA

•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA

 •     Debbie Clary, Lobbyist

•      AC Rich, NCSFA

•      Tracy Mosley, NCAFC 

•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC

•      Steve Neal, NCAFC

•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

•      Jeff Cash, NCAFC

 

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley, Executive Director

Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board

Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs


Legislative Update  

April 18, 2017

Although it looks like an active week at the Legislature, so far none of our bills are listed as coming before Committee. We’ll keep you posted as things move forward. HB 340, the Separation Allowance Bill for Firefighters has crossed over into the Senate. Be sure and give your Senator a call asking them to support this important legislation.

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL MEET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.  

 

**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.** 

 

This report includes legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.

 

 

Federal

These are Federal Level Bills of importance to the fire service that have been introduced in the current session. Information on the bills come from a number of sources including the IAFC and NVFC. It is important to note that many issues affecting the fire service are in the budget bill, including AFG, SAFRE, USFA/NFA Funding, and VFA. When talking with your Congressional Representatives be sure and ask them to keep these items funded in the budget as requested by members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).

 

HR 0931 Chris Collins Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017

2/10/2017 – House – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

HR 1720 Peter King LOSAP CAP Act Length of Service Award Program Cap Adjustment Priority Act

3/24/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

NC Bills

Here are the North Carolina Bills of interest affecting the fire service that the NCSFA/NCAFC’S legislative committee will be following at this point. 

 

H 0002 Nelson Dollar Property Tax Exemption for Firefighters

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175

3/8/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0091 John Torbett Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/15/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Insurance, if favorable, Finance

H 0094 Michael Speciale Emergency Management/Drone Use

4/13/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0098 Nelson Dollar Makes it a Criminal Offense to vandalize, or otherwise damage emergency equipment.

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0101 James Clampitt Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

2/28/2017 – House – Serial Referral To Appropriations Added

H 0103 George Cleveland Equal Tax Treatment of Gov’t Retirees

2/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Pensions and Retirement

H 0176 Stephen Ross Pensions Integrity Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017

4/4/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Finance

H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0189 Robert Davis Search and Rescue Name and Team Funding

2/27/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Appropriations

H 0190 Patricia Hurley Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0284 Gregory Murphy 25-Year LEO Retirement Option

3/30/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0285 Gregory Murphy Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Education – K-12

H 0323 James Clampitt Honor the Life and Memory of Howard Wilson

3/14/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0325 Allen McNeill Amend Arson Law/Prosecutor Funds

4/4/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0340 Nelson Dollar Special Separation Allowance Firefighters/RSW

4/10/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0355 Jason Saine Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

4/5/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0418 James Clampitt SOS/Save Our Street Signs

4/13/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Judiciary II

H 0565 James Clampitt Modify Composition/911 Board

4/6/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0666 Brenden Jones Revise Volunteer Fire Department Req’ts

4/11/2017 – House – Ref To Com On State and Local Government II

H 0739 Carl Ford Ambulance Weapon Exception/LEO %26amp; Firefighters

4/13/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Judiciary I

H 0740 Allen McNeill SAR Rename/Disputed County Boundaries/Mapping

4/13/2017 – House – Ref To Com On State and Local Government II

S 0024 Thomas McInnis Use of Grills for Commercial Restaurants

4/10/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

S 0066 Wesley Meredith Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0102 Warren Daniel Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0109 Cathy Dunn Hate Crime Against Emergency Worker

2/20/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0182 Thomas McInnis Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles

4/10/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Transportation. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0199 Danny Britt Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years

3/8/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0216 Wesley Meredith Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting

3/21/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0222 Michael Lee Search and Rescue Name and Funding

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref Com On Appropriations/Base Budget

S 0240 Kathryn Harrington Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0257 Harry Brown Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0274 Danny Britt Robeson First Responders Training/Funds

4/4/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0275 Danny Britt Columbus Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0276 Danny Britt Robeson Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0355 James Woodard Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0356 James Woodard Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0371 Andrew Brock Building Code Regulatory Reform

4/10/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0396 Jeffery Tarte Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/28/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0590 Andrew Brock NC Consumer Fireworks Safety Act

4/6/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Finance. If fav, re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

____________________________________________________________________ 

Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:  

 

•      Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson

•      Brian Cox, NCSFA 

•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA

•      Kevin Gordon, NCSFA

•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA

 •    Debbie Clary, Lobbyist

•      AC Rich, NCSFA

•      Tracy Mosley, NCAFC 

•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC

•      Steve Neal, NCAFC

•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

•      Jeff Cash, NCAFC

 

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley, Executive Director

Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board

Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs


Legislative Update  

April 4, 2017

THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION.

HOUSE BILL 340 IS BEING HEARD BEFORE THE HOUSE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE LISTED BELOW, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE IN YOUR DISTRICT. THIS BILL CREATES A SEPERATION ALLOWANCE FOR CAREER FIREFIGHTERS SIMILAR TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. ADVISE THEM THIS IS BEING SUPPORTED BY THE FIRE SERVICE, AND THE NC STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE COMMITTEE MEETING, IT IS IN 544 LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING AT 10:00 WEDNESDAY.

CLICKING ON THEIR NAME SHOULD PROVIDE THEIR CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION. IF IT DOES NOT WORK ON YOUR BROWSER, PLEASE CHECK THE LEGISLATIVE WEB SITE.

 

THANKS.

ChairmanBradford, John R.R-098Cornelius

MemberAdams, Jay C.R-096Hickory

MemberAutry, JohnD-100Charlotte

MemberBall, Cynthia J.D-049Raleigh

MemberBoles, James L.R-052Southern Pines

MemberBoswell, Beverly G.R-006Kill Devil Hills

MemberGraham, Charles V.D-047Lumberton

MemberGraham, George W.D-012Kinston

MemberHunt Williams, LindaR-037Holly Springs

MemberJohn, Joseph R.D-040Raleigh

MemberLehman, Philip A.D-030Durham

MemberRoss, Stephen M.R-063Burlington

MemberSauls, John I.R-051Sanford

MemberSetzer, Mitchell S.R-089Catawba

MemberSteinburg, BobR-001Edenton

MemberWatford, Samuel L.R-080Thomasville

Tim Bradley

Executive Director


April 3, 2017

THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION

HOUSE BILL 355 IS BEING HEARD BEFORE THE HOUSE PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE LISTED BELOW, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE IN YOUR DISTRICT. THIS BILL ADDS ADDITIONAL TYPES OF CANCERS TO THE LINE OF DUTY DEATH BENEFIT. ADVISE THEM THIS IS BEING SUPPORTED BY THE FIRE SERVICE, AND THE NC STATE FIREFIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION.

 

CLICKING ON THEIR NAME SHOULD PROVIDE THEIR CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION. IF IT DOES NOT WORK ON YOUR BROWSER, PLEASE CHECK THE LEGISLATIVE WEB SITE.

 

THANKS.

 

Chairman McNeill, Allen R. R-078 Asheboro
Chairman Ross, Stephen M. R-063 Burlington
Vice Chair Michaux, Henry M. D-031 Durham
Member Bell, Larry M. D-021 Clinton
Member Bishop, Dan R-104 Charlotte
Member Blust, John M. R-062 Greensboro
Member Elmore, Jeffrey C. R-094 North Wilkesboro
Member Farmer-Butterfield, Jean D-024 Wilson
Member Gill, Rosa U. D-033 Raleigh
Member Holley, Yvonne Lewis D-038 Raleigh
Member Hurley, Patricia B. R-070 Asheboro
Member Langdon, James H. R-028 Angier
Member Waddell, Kenneth N. D-046 Chadbourn

Tim Bradley

Executive Director


March 31st UPDATE

 

House Bill 355, which adds 4 more cancers to the Line of Duty Death benefit will be heard before Pensions and Retirement Committee in the House next Wednesday at 12:00 Noon. If anyone can attend it would be beneficial. It will be in Room 415. Legislative Office Building.

 

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU WHERE WE PLAN TO MEET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.  

 

**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.** 

 

This report includes legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.

 

 

Federal

These are Federal Level Bills of importance to the fire service that have been introduced in the current session. Information on the bills come from a number of sources including the IAFC and NVFC. It is important to note that many issues affecting the fire service are in the budget bill, including AFG, SAFRE, USFA/NFA Funding, and VFA. When talking with your Congressional Representatives be sure and ask them to keep these items funded in the budget as requested by members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).

 

HR 0931 Chris Collins Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017

2/10/2017 – House – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

HR 1720 Peter King LOSAP CAP Act Length of Service Award Program Cap Adjustment Priority Act

3/24/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

NC Bills

Here are the North Carolina Bills of interest affecting the fire service that the NCSFA/NCAFC’S legislative committee will be following at this point. It is early in the session, so bills will be added as they become issues we will track.

 

H 0002 Nelson Dollar Property Tax Exemption for Firefighters

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175

3/8/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0091 John Torbett Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/15/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Insurance, if favorable, Finance

H 0094 Michael Speciale Emergency Management/Drone Use

3/30/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Transportation

H 0098 Nelson Dollar Makes it a Criminal Offense to vandalize, or otherwise damage emergency equipment.

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0101 James Clampitt Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

2/28/2017 – House – Serial Referral To Appropriations Added

H 0103 George Cleveland Equal Tax Treatment of Gov’t Retirees

2/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Pensions and Retirement

H 0176 Stephen Ross Pensions Integrity Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Transportation

H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0189 Robert Davis Search and Rescue Name and Team Funding

2/27/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Appropriations

H 0190 Patricia Hurley Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/30/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0284 Gregory Murphy 25-Year LEO Retirement Option

3/30/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0285 Gregory Murphy Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Education – K-12

H 0323 James Clampitt Honor the Life and Memory of Howard Wilson

3/14/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0325 Allen McNeill Amend Arson Law/Prosecutor Funds

3/14/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Judiciary II, if favorable, Appropriations

H 0340 Nelson Dollar Special Separation Allowance Firefighters/RSW

3/29/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On State and Local Government II

H 0355 Jason Saine Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Pensions and Retirement, if favorable, Appropriations

H 0418 James Clampitt SOS/Save Our Street Signs

3/22/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Judiciary II

S 0024 Thomas McInnis Use of Grills for Commercial Restaurants

3/30/2017 – Senate – Re-ref Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0066 Wesley Meredith Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0102 Warren Daniel Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0109 Cathy Dunn Hate Crime Against Emergency Worker

2/20/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0182 Thomas McInnis Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0199 Danny Britt Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years

3/8/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0216 Wesley Meredith Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting

3/21/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0222 Michael Lee Search and Rescue Name and Funding

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to State and Local Government. If fav, re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0240 Kathryn Harrington Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0257 Harry Brown Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0274 Danny Britt Robeson First Responders Training/Funds

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0275 Danny Britt Columbus Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0276 Danny Britt Robeson Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0355 James Woodard Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0356 James Woodard Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0371 Andrew Brock Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/27/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

____________________________________________________________________ 

Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:  

 

•      Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson

•      Brian Cox, NCSFA 

•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA

•      Kevin Gordon, NCSFA

•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA

 •     Debbie Clary, Lobbyist

•      AC Rich, NCSFA

•      Tracy Mosley, NCAFC 

•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC

•      Steve Neal, NCAFC

•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

•      Jeff Cash, NCAFC

 

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley, Executive Director

Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board

Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs


March 29th UPDATE

 

Hopefully we will be in our new temporary offices Monday, April 3rd. We are beginning the moving in process. Like many new homes, we’ll have temporary furniture till ours can be replaced, but we hope to have computers up and running next week. We hope to have as many systems up and running as possible, but we greatly appreciate your patience. 

House Bill 2 passed the House today, and will be placed in the House budget. We’ll have to get it in the Senate as well. This bill provides property tax exemption for spouses of LODD’s in Cities and Counties. 

House Bill 340 got a favorable report out of the House Pension and Retirement Committee today, and is going to the Local Government Committee next. It’s got a long way to go, but we got through the first phase. There was good representation before the committee today from the fire service, and we will need that as we move forward. We were successful in getting County Fire Marshal Staffs added to the bill, and it now also includes rescue and EMS. 

It’s been an active session so far and will continue to be until the session adjourns.

 

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU WHERE WE PLAN TO MEET AT 8:00 AND WALK OVER AROUND 8:45. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NC ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS. PLEASE START CALLING AND LETTING YOUR LEGISLATORS KNOW YOU WILL BE VISITING THAT DAY. MANY LEAVE EARLY ON THURSDAY AND APPOINTMENTS INSURE YOU DON’T MISS THEM.  

**Please schedule and plan to attend Legislative Day. Involvement and contact by local constituents is the best and most effective lobby.** 

 

This report includes legislation that has been introduced at the Federal and State Level that the Legislative Committee of the NCSFA/NCAFC’s is tracking during the long session. It includes the bill number and a brief description of the bill under the comments section. You can access the legislation by clicking on the Bill number (HB XX) on the left and it will take you directly to the legislative site specific to the bill, including history, sponsors, and action. Once there you can click on the title and read the full text of the bill.

 

 

Federal

These are Federal Level Bills of importance to the fire service that have been introduced in the current session. Information on the bills come from a number of sources including the IAFC and NVFC. It is important to note that many issues affecting the fire service are in the budget bill, including AFG, SAFRE, USFA/NFA Funding, and VFA. When talking with your Congressional Representatives be sure and ask them to keep these items funded in the budget as requested by members of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI).

 

HR 0931 Chris Collins Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017

2/10/2017 – House – Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

 

NC Bills

Here are the North Carolina Bills of interest affecting the fire service that the NCSFA/NCAFC’S legislative committee will be following at this point. It is early in the session, so bills will be added as they become issues we will track.

 

H 0002 Nelson Dollar Property Tax Exemption for Firefighters

3/29/2017 – House – Ordered Engrossed

H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175

3/8/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0091 John Torbett Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/15/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Insurance, if favorable, Finance

H 0094 Michael Speciale Emergency Management/Drone Use

2/15/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Judiciary III, if favorable, Transportation

H 0098 Nelson Dollar Makes it a Criminal Offense to vandalize, or otherwise damage emergency equipment.

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0101 James Clampitt Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

2/28/2017 – House – Serial Referral To Appropriations Added

H 0103 George Cleveland Equal Tax Treatment of Gov’t Retirees

2/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Pensions and Retirement

H 0176 Stephen Ross Pensions Integrity Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Transportation

H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

H 0189 Robert Davis Search and Rescue Name and Team Funding

2/27/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Appropriations

H 0190 Patricia Hurley Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Appropriations

H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/28/2017 – House – Placed On Cal For 03/29/2017

H 0284 Gregory Murphy 25-Year LEO Retirement Option

3/9/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Pensions and Retirement, if favorable, Appropriations

H 0285 Gregory Murphy Suicide Prevention/Awareness School Personnel

3/22/2017 – House – Re-ref Com On Education – K-12

H 0323 James Clampitt Honor the Life and Memory of Howard Wilson

3/14/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

H 0325 Allen McNeill Amend Arson Law/Prosecutor Funds

3/14/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Judiciary II, if favorable, Appropriations

H 0340 Nelson Dollar Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/15/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Pensions and Retirement, if favorable, State and Local Government II

H 0355 Jason Saine Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/16/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Pensions and Retirement, if favorable, Appropriations

H 0418 James Clampitt SOS/Save Our Street Signs

3/22/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Transportation, if favorable, Judiciary II

S 0024 Thomas McInnis Use of Grills for Commercial Restaurants

2/2/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Commerce and Insurance. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0066 Wesley Meredith Require Safety Helmets/Under 21

2/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Judiciary. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0102 Warren Daniel Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0109 Cathy Dunn Hate Crime Against Emergency Worker

2/20/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0182 Thomas McInnis Prohibit Use of Light Bars on Motor Vehicles

3/7/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0199 Danny Britt Law Enforcement Officer Retirement/25 Years

3/8/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0216 Wesley Meredith Local Firefighter Relief Fund Reporting

3/21/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations on Pensions, Compensation, and Benefits. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0222 Michael Lee Search and Rescue Name and Funding

3/16/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to State and Local Government. If fav, re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0240 Kathryn Harrington Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0257 Harry Brown Appropriations Act of 2017

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0274 Danny Britt Robeson First Responders Training/Funds

3/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0275 Danny Britt Columbus Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0276 Danny Britt Robeson Swift Water Training/Funds

3/22/2017 – Senate – Re-ref to Appropriations/Base Budget. If fav, re-ref to Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0355 James Woodard Special Separation Allowance for Firefighters

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0356 James Woodard Firefighters’ Death Benefits/Cancers

3/23/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

S 0371 Andrew Brock Building Code Regulatory Reform

3/27/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

____________________________________________________________________ 

Joint Legislative Committee – This committee was established by both the NCSFA and NCAFC’s Executive Boards to begin addressing legislative issues that impact the Fire Service of North Carolina.  The Committee Members are:  

 

•      Barry Overman, NCSFA – Chairperson

•      Brian Cox, NCSFA 

•      Anthony Penland, NCSFA

•      Kevin Gordon, NCSFA

•      Tim Bradley, NCSFA

•      Debbie Clary, Lobbyist

•      AC Rich, NCSFA

•      Tracy Mosley, NCAFC 

•      Jake Whisnant, NCAFC

•      Steve Neal, NCAFC

•      Chris Nichols, NCAFC

•      Jeff Cash, NCAFC

 

For additional information contact:

Tim Bradley, Executive Director

Barry Overman, Chairman, Executive Board

Debbie Clary, Governmental Affairs

 

 

 


 

 

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