Senator Brown providing sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 5 in the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor committee.

Columbus—Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) joined Senator Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) to give sponsor testimony on Senate Bill 5 in the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee.  The legislation makes peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from employment without an accompanying physical injury eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio's Workers' Compensation Law.
 
“I want to thank Senator Patton for once again allowing me to join him as a primary sponsor of this important legislation,” said Senator Brown. “In the course of their work serving our communities, first responders can be exposed to horrific situations that cause PTSD symptoms. Providing immediate access to treatment for these brave men and women is the right thing to do.”
 
In the 130th General Assembly, a similar bill (SB 252) jointly sponsored by Senator Patton and Senator Brown passed the Senate but did not pass the Ohio House.

 
 
 
  
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