Bill Summary for S 359 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO CREATE THE MEDAL OF VALOR AWARD FOR FIRST RESPONDERS.Intro. by Sanderson, B. Newton.
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Identical to H 387, filed 3/15/23.
Amends GS 147-12 (pertaining to the powers and duties of the Governor) and GS 143A-13 (pertaining to the office of the Lieutenant Governor) to authorize the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to award the Medal of Valor Award to a first responder or first responder unit that has performed great acts of heroism, while under threat of personal risk to their safety, beyond the call of duty in the field upon recommendation of the highest-ranking official within a department or agency employing first responders. Specifies limits on the number of such awards permitted per year, including an exception for special circumstances meriting an additional award in a calendar year. Specifies that a first responder includes any firefighter, paramedic, law enforcement officer, emergency medical services personnel, or rescue squad member. Requires the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to each maintain an internet accessible link and application form on a State website where nominations can be put forward, to also contain information on the Medal of Valor Award.