The purpose of this bill is to extend Workers’ Compensation coverage to firefighters and emergency medical responders when in route to an emergency call. This bill is intended to clarify that these responders are covered for Workers’ Compensation while they are in route, where today this is a gray area under the definition of “course and scope” which excludes Workers’ Compensation coverage while commuting to work. This is an important piece of legislation to protect emergency responders, particularly volunteers, that risk their lives to protect our communities and who respond to emergencies directly from their homes or work places.
This bill will be heard on Tuesday, April 7th by the Business & Industry Committee. Please send a letter of support today to:
The Honorable Rene Oliveira
Chair and Members of the Business & Industry Committee
P O Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768-2910
Click Here to E-mail Rene Oliveira
Phone: (512) 463-0640 or (956) 542-1828
Please also plan on being at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 7th at 11:30 am to register in support of this bill. We need your voices to be heard!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BILL
Currently, the following organizations have stated their opinion of HB 2771:
VFIS of Texas – support
Texas Mutual Insurance Company - support
State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) – support
Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) – support
Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D) – support
Texas Fire Marshals’ Association (TXFMA) – support
Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) – neutral
Texas Municipal League – opposed
VFIS of Texas NEWS
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