Text: S.2871 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/16/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2871


To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend public safety officers’ death benefits to fire police officers.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 16, 2018

Mr. Blumenthal (for himself, Mr. Toomey, and Mr. Murphy) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend public safety officers’ death benefits to fire police officers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Fire Police Fairness Act”.

SEC. 2. Extending public safety officer death benefits to fire police.

(a) In general.—Section 1204 of title I the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10284) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (9) as paragraphs (6) through (10), respectively;

(2) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:

“(5) ‘fire police officer’ includes an individual who—

“(A) is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency but is not a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, a chaplain, or a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew described in paragraph (10)(D); and

“(B) provides scene security or directs traffic—

“(i) in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency; or

“(ii) at a planned special event;”; and

(3) in paragraph (10)(A), as so redesignated, by inserting “as a fire police officer,” after “firefighter,”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—Section 611(a) of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (34 U.S.C. 10286(a)) is amended—

(1) by striking “section 1204(7)(B)” and inserting “section 1204(8)(B) of title I”; and

(2) by striking “(42 U.S.C. 3796b(7)(B))” and inserting “(34 U.S.C. 10284(8)(B))”.