04RS SB196


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SB 196/LM (BR 1776) - T. Buford

     AN ACT relating to workers' compensation.
     Amend KRS 342.680 to create a rebuttable presumption that a heart or lung disease, or related medical condition, in a paid or volunteer firefighter is work-related if the employee has served as a firefighter for a minimum of five consecutive years, and been engaged in firefighting activities during his or her employment; permit the presumption to be rebutted by competent medical evidence; make a firefighter eligible for benefits if he or she successfully passed a medical examination upon entering service as a firefighter, has no medical history of heart or lung disease or related medical conditions, and has the requisite years of experience; make a firefighter ineligible for benefits, in a local government that requires employees to participate in a wellness and fitness program, undergo an medical examination, and observe a no-smoking policy in the workplace, if the firefighter fails to do so.

     Feb 17-introduced in Senate
     Feb 20-to Economic Development, Tourism & Labor (S)

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