AN ACT TO CREATE A JOINT STUDY COMMITTEE ON PARITY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL SEPARATION ALLOWANCE FOR STATE AND LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AND RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS.
House committee substitute deletes the provisions of the 1st edition and now provides the following.
Establishes the ten-member Joint Study Committee on Parity for First Responders (Committee). Provides for membership, meetings, member expenses, staff, and powers and duties of the Committee. Authorizes the Committee to contract for professional, clerical, or consultant services pursuant to state law. Directs the Committee to study a special separation allowance for State and local firefighters and rescue squad workers. Sets out required components of the study, including working with municipalities and the State Treasurer to determine the cost to each municipality to provide a separation allowance to local firefighters and rescue squad workers with a plan implementation date of July 1, 2024. Directs the Committee to submit a final report to the 2019 General Assembly on or before the 2020 Regular Session, as specified. Terminates the Committee upon the earlier of either the filing of the report or May 15, 2020. Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.
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