SB 805 – First Responders Worker’s Compensation and DHHS Funding

SB 805 – Enhance First Responder’s WC and Benefits

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow), Sen. Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Sampson)


This bill was transformed into a new bill via a proposed committee substitute to SB 805 to Enhance First Responder’s worker’s compensation and benefits on June 22, 2020.

Filed Language

This bill appropriates funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to offset General Fund appropriations across State government for allowable expenditures.

The bill directs the State Controller to transfer $645,400,000 to the Coronavirus Relief Fund. This funding would be used for allowable expenditures under the CARES Act.

New Language 6/22/2020

This bill was introduced for discussion only in the House Appropriations Committee on June 22, 2020.

This bill creates a presumption that certain cancers are occupational diseases for firefighters employed by local units. This bill expands the list of cancers covered as occupational diseases for firefighters’ death benefits. This bill will establish a special separation allowance for state and local firefighters and rescue squad workers.

This bill funds $50 million in nonrecurring funds to DHHS behavioral health and crisis services in response to COVID-19.



Filed: 5/19/2020

Committee Substitute Passed Senate Appropriations Committee 6/10/2020

Passed Senate 49-0 on 6/15/2020

Passed House Appropriations Committee 6/16/2020

Passed second reading in the House 119-0 6/17/2020

This bill was re-referred to House Appropriations on 6/18/2020

This bill was heard as a proposed Committee Substitute in House Appropriations on 6/22/20


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