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Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 2, 2014 03:47 PM
From: Representative Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Co-sponsor: Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will amend the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act.

The benefit applies to law enforcement officers, ambulance service or rescue squad members, firefighters, certified hazardous material response team members, and National Guard members. As the law currently stands, should the aforementioned perish as a result of their duties, the benefit must be applied for within 90 days from the date of death. My legislation would extend it to three years from the time of death.

Under most circumstances the 90 day window would be fine, but there are instances where matters become more complex, such as estate settlement or other legal issues, and more time is needed. This change will also make the state benefit uniform with the federal benefit and eliminate any confusion.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Tricarico at mtricari@pahouse.net or by calling 717-772-5568 or Democratic Extension 6168.

Thank you!

Previous co-sponsors: N/A

Introduced as HB2228