|Posted:||January 7, 2013 12:44 PM|
|From:||Representative Dave Reed|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Proposed Legislation - Leave of Absence for Volunteers|
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce former House Bill 1058 that will provide for a leave of absence under Title 35 of the Health and Safety Code. Specifically, I plan to amend Chapter 73 of Title 35 to:
I believe it is a public safety interest to ensure that we have an adequate number of personnel who can respond to an emergency no matter how big the emergency may be and no matter where their services are needed. Our firefighters, Emergency Medical and Public Health Service Personnel, Healthcare Specialist, Search and Rescue Personnel and other emergency response personnel are trained professionals who provide a valuable and timely service that we in this country come to expect.
Whether it’s a terrorist attack, a major flood, snow storm or even a pandemic outbreak, we can’t expect a high level of response from trained personnel if we do not provide the volunteers who make up the majority of our response system the flexibility they need to respond to natural or emergency disasters. They train to be ready; we must act to be ready.
Previous cosponsors include: CARROLL, CAUSER, COHEN, DONATUCCI, ELLIS, EVANKOVICH, FARRY, FLECK, GILLEN, GINGRICH, GODSHALL, GOODMAN, GROVE, HEFFLEY, HESS, KELLER M., MARSHALL, MILLER, MILNE, PYLE, ROCK, SCAVELLO, TALLMAN,
Introduced as HB352