In a time filled with focusing on strengthening school safety and debating gun control issues to find a solution that prevents future tragedies like last month’s Parkland shooting from happening, the Florida Senate unanimously voted to pass SB 376, a measure dedicated to expanding workers’ compensation benefits for first responders that suffer from job related post-traumatic stress disorder.
The measure received a 33-0 vote and will now be sent to the House where a similar measure, HB227, will also be voted on soon.
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, also Florida’s Fire Marshall, holds the measure as a priority, and the bill was carried by Democratic Senator Lauren Brook of Plantation.
Patronis, in a statement, commented that “The stories we’ve heard over the past few months from first responders, their families and loved ones have been stories of strength that propelled this measure forward.”
The men and women are constantly putting their lives on the line to make sure that society remains peaceful and safe, so it’s no surprise that a bill supporting their mental health would receive overwhelming bipartisan support.
This is why Patronis emphasizes that “Today we approach the finish line and are one step closer to ensuring first responders get access to the mental health benefits they deserve.”