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CS/SB 838 — Fire Investigators

by Appropriations Committee and Senators Wright, Polsky, and Hooper

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Banking and Insurance Committee (BI)

The bill makes a fire investigator eligible for certain benefits under s. 112.1816, F.S., upon diagnosis of one of 21 enumerated cancers. The benefits are an alternative to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, and entitle the fire investigator to a one-time cash payout of $25,000; cancer treatment with the employer reimbursing the fire investigator for any out-of-pocket deductible, copayment, or coinsurance related to the cancer treatment; enhanced disability benefits under an employer-sponsored retirement plan or employer-sponsored disability retirement plan if fire investigator is totally or permanently disabled due to the cancer; and a higher death benefit for the beneficiary of a fire investigator who dies from the cancer or circumstances that arise from the cancer treatment.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2022.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 112-0