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2013 Senate Bill 211: Establish firefighters’ cancer presumption

Public Act 515 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. Tory Rocca (R) on February 20, 2013
To establish a presumption that cases of certain types of cancer contracted by non-volunteer firefighters arose out of and in the course of employment for purposes of granting workers compensation benefits, unless there is evidence to the contrary, and unless the person is a consistent cigarette smoker.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 20, 2013
Reported in the Senate on April 24, 2013
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on May 6, 2014
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 6, 2014
Substitute offered by Sen. Tory Rocca (R) on May 21, 2014
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on May 21, 2014
Passed 32 to 6 in the Senate on May 21, 2014.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish a presumption that certain types of cancer contracted by non-volunteer firefighters arose out of and in the course of employment for purposes of granting workers compensation benefits. The burden of proof would be on the employer to show the disease was due to the individual being a smoker, or to nonwork-related causation or specific incidents. This would all be contingent on the legislature appropriating money for the benefits.
Received in the House on May 21, 2014
Referred to the House Insurance Committee on May 21, 2014
Reported in the House on December 17, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 12, 2015

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