“I have been wanting to do something for our firefighters for a long time, and I believe this puts us on the right path to help them,” Hough said. “Let’s face it, these are men and women who put their lives on the line for little compensation. They do it because they care about their community and the people who live there. We need to thank them for their bravery.”
Passed during the final week of session, SB 45 allows for three or more political subdivisions to create and make contributions to a Voluntary Firefighter Cancer Benefits Pool. The pools can apply for and accept public and private grants, including from the state fire marshal.
The funding will be distributed to paid or volunteer firefighters who develop cancer as a result of their work. Benefits to individuals who used tobacco products within five years immediately preceding a cancer diagnosis could be reduced.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) July 8, 2021
Parson signed the bill Thursday from the state Capitol. Without an emergency clause, it’s slated to go into effect on Aug. 28.
“There’s a higher risk of more than a dozen different kinds of cancer for those who have been exposed while a chemical compound is burning,” Hough said. “This is landmark legislation, and it is a great way to help our firefighters who put their lives on the line to serve our communities on a daily basis.”
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is the editor of The Missouri Times. She joined the newspaper in early 2019 after working as a reporter for Fox News in New York City.
Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a native of Missouri who studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina. She is also an alumna of the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.
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