The Oregon Senate passed a bill on Monday that would give Portland firefighters the same presumption for certain illnesses that occupationally as other state firefighters have been entitled to since the 1960s.
The Senate voted 28-1 to pass H.B. 2915 and sent the action to the governor's desk. The State House of Representatives voted 59-1 to approve the bill in April.
The Oregon Act effectively frees Portland's firefighters and police from the definition of those covered by workers' compensation laws because the city provides its own disability and pension system.
HB 2915 would explain that the exclusion of these firefighters from the definition of a covered worker does not apply to the constitution that defines occupational diseases and creates assumptions that heart and lung conditions can be compensated for those firefighters with at least five years of experience.
The bill would enter into force immediately if it was signed by the government Kate Brown.
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