SB 966 Provides additional workers' compensation benefits for public safety workers killed in the line of duty
Sponsor: Dempsey Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 4252S.02I Fiscal Note: 4252-02
Committee: Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations
Last Action: 3/4/2008 - Hearing Conducted S Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations Committee Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2008

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Current Bill Summary

SB 966 - This act creates the Line of Duty Compensation Act which provides additional workers' compensation benefits in the amount of $100,000 for firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, aviation medical crew members, department of corrections employees, and juvenile justice employees who are killed in the line of duty.

For coverage to apply, the death must occur within 300 weeks of an injury received in the course of duty of the respective profession, and must be caused by violence or accident. Those subject to death arising out of willful misconduct or intoxication are excluded from coverage.

Specific instances of coverage for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, aviation medical crew members, and paramedics are enumerated including death sustained when traveling to and from employment, and certain off-duty activities.

Burial benefits of up to $10,000 shall be awarded to the surviving spouse, dependent, or estates of those killed in the line of duty.

Under the act, neither employers nor workers' compensation insurers shall have subrogation rights against compensation awarded for claims under the proposed program.

This act is similar to SB 500 (2007) and HB 551 (2007).