(April 18) – The House gave final approval this morning to Rep. Jonathan Singer’s bill to give police officers some relief from the most traumatizing events in their careers.
HB16-1399 ensures that a worker’s compensation claim for a mental impairment may not be denied on the basis of the occupation of the worker. The bill is aimed at helping law enforcement officers, who often experience traumatic situations in the line of duty but cannot receive worker’s comp for PTSD claims because being a witness to human devastation is considered to be just part of the job in law enforcement.
“This bill protects our protectors,” said Rep. Singer, D-Longmont. “We depend on our first responders and they need to know they can depend on us.”
The 37-27 vote sends the bill to the Senate.