Georgia governor signs firefighters insurance bill

Georgia governor signs firefighters insurance bill

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia's Governor has signed a bill requiring Georgia cities and counties provide firefighter disability insurance.

Lawmakers have worked more than two years to come up with a better way for firefighters covered by insurance for cancer.

A similar bill was vetoed by the governor last year because it put the burden on firefighters to prove what gave them cancer.

This bill he says is much better.

Governor Nathan Deal says, "I thought that it was important that we recognize the special issues that face them and that's cancer that may be caused by things that are, contents that are burning in a house or building or whatever."

The new law also requires cities and counties to pay cancer-stricken firefighters who have to leave their jobs up to 60 percent of their salary for three years.

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