Bill Targets Occupational Diseases

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Benefits for Nevada public safety
workers who become ill from presumed occupational diseases would be restricted under a bill pending before a Senate committee.

SB135 was introduced by Sen. Dean Rhoads at the request of the
Nevada Taxpayers Association.

Under existing law, certain illnesses such as cancer and lung
disease are presumed to be occupational diseases for firefighters,
police and arson investigators if they were employed for at least
five years in those professions in Nevada. Compensation includes
treatment costs and other benefits. There is no time limit for when
a diagnosis is made.

The taxpayers' group told a Senate panel Wednesday that Nevada
is the only state with an open-ended provision for such benefits,
making it impossible to calculate liabilities.

The bill was referred Wednesday to a subcommittee.

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