counter for tumblr

Thursday March 23, 2017

Legislative Updates

2017 LEGISLATION

March 7th UPDATE

 

As you can see from the bills that have been introduced, there is a fair amount of activity involving the emergency services.  Several bills have similar language, and the best course of action at this juncture is to follow each closely, and when activity occurs be ready to support them. Thanks for all your support and for being willing to step up and lobby for North Carolinas fire service.

HB  2 and HB 76 are scheduled for committee tomorrow. One provides a Homestead Tax Exemption for surviving spouses of LODD’s, and the other provides a $5 increase in fire and rescue workers pension benefit. We will be there to support both. As bills move forward we will update you on projections and expectations, but it is too early to tell what will occur. Both of these will have to go to Appropriations and/or Finance Committees before they are read again on the floor for passage.

There is one new (SB 182) bill on the list that is listed because of some questions we’ve had on it. From the title it appears to restrict the use of light bars, but this does not involve emergency vehicles. It is dealing with the high intensity clear LED lights people are putting on off road vehicles used on the highway.

 

THE FIRE SERVICE LEGISLATIVE DAY ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12TH WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MAY 4TH. WE WILL MEET HERE AT OUR OFFICE ON JONES STREET 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
2/7/2017 – House – Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

 

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
1/26/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Finance
H 0076 Kyle Hall Increases the Fire Rescue Pension Benefit to $175
2/13/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Pensions and Retirement, if favorable, 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.
3/6/2017 – House – Ordered Engrossed
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
2/23/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Pensions and Retirement
H 0181 Harry Warren First Responders Act of 2017
2/23/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on Finance, if favorable, Judiciary III, if favorable, Transportation
H 0183 Jeffrey Collins Retirement Admin. Changes Act of 2017.-AB
2/23/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Pensions and Retirement
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
2/27/2017 – House – Ref to the Com on State and Local Government II, if favorable, Appropriations
H 0252 Mark Brody Building Code Regulatory Reform
3/6/2017 – House – Ref To Com On Regulatory Reform
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
2/16/2017 – Senate – Ref To Com On 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
3/6/2017 – Senate – Filed

____________________________________________________________________

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

 

North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association

323 West Jones Street
Suite 401
Raleigh, NC 27603

 

800-253-4733 Toll-free

919-821-2132 Local

919-821-9382 Fax