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Firefighters Await Cancer Protection bill to be signed
Homer Salinas, a cancer survivor speaks with KRGV Valerie Gonzalez about SB 2551 by Sen. Hinojosa. Although, relieved about this legislative session Homer, says there is still work to do and thanks all that came together on both sides of the aisle to passing this important bill. Click on the link below to see the news report. https://www.krgv.com/news/firefighters-await-cancer-protection-bill-to-be-signed ***Originally Posted May 30 2019

Workers comp bill heads to Governors desk for signature
Worker’s Comp bill will head to Governor Abbotts desk for signature once verified by both Speaker and Lt Governor. Mission firefighters together with the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters worked tirelessly with legislators and their staff to support legislative efforts to fix a broken workers comp system that was very flawed. Homer Salinas, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in 2017 vowed he would travel to Austin to meet with legislators during the 86th legislative session to t...

SB 2551 by Hinojosa relating to liability, payment, and death benefits of certain workers comp claims such as, cancers clears the House chambers
The bill will head to the Senate to approve amendments submitted by the House for final passage. Once the Senate concurs with the bill it will be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This bill provides clarity of types of cancers covered under workers comp. The bill will also prohibit city’s to claim sovereign immunity and allow employees to recover attorneys fees if sued by the insurance carrier who acts in bad faith. Mission firefighters together with the Texas State Asso...

Breaking news: SB 2551 by Hinojosa relating to liability, payment, and death benefits of certain workers comp claims such as, cancers clears the House chambers.
The bill will head to the Senate to approve amendments submitted by the House for final passage.  Once the Senate concurs with the bill it will be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This bill provides clarity of types of cancers covered under workers comp.  The bill will also prohibit city’s to claim sovereign immunity and allow employees to recover attorneys fees if sued by the insurance carrier who acts in bad faith.  Mission firefighters together with ...

Legislative Update 5-18-19
With 9 days left in the 86th Legislative session and 3 days left to get our bill out of calender's committee for a house vote. I am pleased to announce that our bill SB 2551 (workers comp) was out of calendars at midnight and will be heard on the house floor on Monday. We are expecting the bill will be heard late in the day. We are not anticipating any opposition, however there will be 2 amendments to the bill making the bill stronger. If approved in the House, the bill will head back to th...

Legislative Update
With 14 days left of the 86th legislative session SB 2551, workers comp bill, was referred to House State Affairs last week and a hearing was held this morning. We are expected that the bill we be voted out tomorrow and be on its way to the committee of calenders. This is very good development and involved a lot of work to get it routed properly. If everything goes as planned we will have the the bill heard on the house floor by next Tuesday. This bill was filed on the Senate side a little ...

SB 2551 passes Senate chamber moves to the House
Senate Bill 2551 by Hinojosa, moved passage from the senate chambers and now will be headed to the House for consideration. Members met with Senator Hinojosa, at the capitol as the bill was passed. Senator Hinojosa, introduced this piece of legislation so that first responders would not go through the broken workers comp system that currently exists. There is 19 days left in the 86th Legislative session and hope working with House members this bill will become law. ***Originally posted May ...

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