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3 New Bills May Pose a Risk to Public Safety

3 New Bills May Pose a Risk to Public Safety

  • February 27th, 2019
  • Tom Richard
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RTGR Law LLP has serious public safety concerns regarding three bills pending in front of the California legislature. All three of these bills would likely drive up workers’ compensation claims and costs for Police and Fire Departments, potentially draining finite resources that could otherwise be used for training, putting more cops on the street or replacing ageing safety equipment, for example.

SB 542, by Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, would create a PTSD presumption of injury for any firefighter who makes any such claim, retroactive to January 1, 2017. The presumption would further extend to claims filed up to five years after termination.

AB 1400, by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, D-Los Angeles, would establish that additional fire service personnel, not just active firefighters, are entitled to the presumption that certain types of cancer are compensable.

And SB 416, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would expand the hernias, heart trouble and meningitis presumptions to cover most people meeting the Penal Code definition of “peace officer.”

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