Lawmakers in Utah are considering a bill that would create a special fund for cities and cities whose labor compensation expenditure is increasing as a result of catastrophic damage suffered by fire brigades to fight state fires.
Now in the Chamber's Regulatory Committee after being introduced Tuesday, HB 312 would set up the "Wildland Fire Response Workers" compensation fund funded by state and federal grants, money recovered from investigations and trials, interest, among other streams. It is possible for municipalities to apply for grants to help with costs associated with catastrophic claims caused by fires, such claims would include those that resulted in death, according to the bill sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Stenquist, R-Draper.
their language, the bill would require municipalities to apply for grants every year and would take into account "the amount of an increase in employee compensation costs based on the municipality's catastrophic workers' claims. and the number of years that the municipality will experience an increase in the employees' compensation insurance costs on the basis that the municipality has a catastrophic worker's compensation claim. "