Senate Passes Bill Making Benefits Available For Firefighters With Occupational Cancers
Ohio would join 37 states acknowledging increased risks for firefighters
April 13, 2016
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The Ohio Senate passed legislation today that would recognize the increased risk of certain types of cancers among firefighters and provide these professionals the support they deserve following a career of public service.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who put themselves in harms' way to save lives and protect our families," said State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) who co-sponsored the bill. "This legislation ensures that these heroic professionals receive the benefits they deserve."

Senate Bill 27 establishes a legal presumption of increased risk for certain cancers, for the purpose of firefighter obtaining benefits through the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. Existing law only allows firefighters who contract occupational cancers to receive disability compensation when they first prove that a specific exposure caused the illness. Senate Bill 27 would reverse that presumption and ensure that firefighters receive these benefits unless it is proven that the illness is not work-related. 

Senate Bill 27 now goes to the House of Representatives where it will receive further consideration. 

Protecting Ohioans from Cyber Stalking

The Senate also approved House Bill 151 updates Ohio's laws related to cyber stalking. The bill expands the offense of menacing by stalking by prohibiting the use of written communication and telecommunications devices to knowingly cause another person to believe the offender will cause physical harm or mental distress.

"Senate Bill 151 modernizes Ohio law to address the growing risks of cyber stalking associated with technological advances," said Obhof. "Updating our menacing laws allows law enforcement to intervene sooner, protecting the victims and preventing further harm."

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