NSVFA & Nebraska Fire Chiefs Association Legislative Alert

This Legislative Alert for the following bill is being forwarded on behalf of Lobbyist, Gerald Stilmock. Please forward to departments and members for whom you have contacts:

Information following relates to:

LB 737 – First Responder Education Act
Introducer – Senator Brett Lindstrom (Omaha)
Position – Support
Hearing Date – January 16, 2018

LB 760 – Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act – Amendment
Introducer – Senator Dan Hughes (Venango)
Position – Support
Hearing Date – January 17, 2018

LB 737 – 30% Tuition Waiver

LB 737, introduced by Senator Brett Lindstrom (Omaha), allows first responders in Nebraska eligibility to receive a 30% tuition waiver at any state university, state college, or community college in Nebraska. Included in the definition of first responders are volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service providers, among others. To be eligible, the first responder must maintain satisfactory performance with his or her agency, be working toward an associate or baccalaureate degree in fire protection or emergency management, and meet all admission requirements. The tuition waiver would be available for up to five years.

The bill will be heard by the Education Committee on Tuesday, January 16th, in room 1525 at 1:30 p.m. The Associations support this legislation.

LB 760 – Amend The Volunteer Emergency Responders Incentive Act

LB 760, introduced by Senator Dan Hughes (Venango), would authorize county volunteer fire or rescue department members to participate in the Tax Credit Incentive Act adopted in 2016. This bill simply makes a technical amendment to bring counties and their volunteers into the law.

The bill will be heard by the Revenue Committee on Wednesday, January 17th, in room 1524 at 1:30 p.m. The Associations support this legislation.

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