Bill Summaries: all (2023-2024 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 13 2023 - View summary

    Establishes the Reimbursement for Volunteer Firefighters Pilot Program (Program), operated by the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management (Division). Requires reimbursing firefighters who are employed by or a member of a volunteer organization for mileage from their duty station to the scene of an emergency, accident, or other event necessitating a firefighter response in their service area. Makes the reimbursement rate equal to the current standard business mileage rate issued annually by the IRS. Makes firefighters eligible for reimbursement also eligible for reimbursement for using their personal equipment at an accident scene. Sets out provisions for oversight and for submitting reimbursement requests. Terminates the Program on June 30, 2024. Requires the Division to seek to implement the Program by January 1, 2024, and advertise the Program on its website. Requires the Division to consult with volunteer firefighter organizations on the implementation of the Program.

    Requires a report on the effectiveness of the Program to the specified NCGA committee  by June 30, 2024.

    Appropriates $1 million for 2023-24 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management, for the operation of the Program.

    Effective July 1, 2023.