By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to veto a bill that would change the workers compensation for firefighters and peace officers.
Assembly Bill 2451 that is authored by Assemblyman John Perez and is co-authored by Senator Juan Vargas would expand the timeline for death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers.
The letter from the County Board to the Governor, they state that the Board puts in place various protocols in conjunction with the law and subsequent regulations for employees who are injured in the performance of their work duties. The primary focus, the letter stated, is to care for injured workers, and in the case of an untimely death, to care for their families.
Current law requires death claims associated with the work place injury to be commenced within one year of the date of death occurs within approximately 5 years from the date of injury. AB 2451 expands this timeline for firefighters and peace officers under injuries of cancer, tuberculosis or blood borne pathogens by allowing their beneficiaries to file a death nearly 10 years after the date of injury.
The Board said that AB 2451 will put additional cost pressures to Imperial County.
“Unfortunately, the current version simply prolong the window of eligibility and subsequent increases the cost at a time when Imperial County and many other rural jurisdictions are struggling financially.” The letter stated.
In other news, the Board voted for the approval of Boating and Waterways and Safety Equipment Grant Contract in the amount of $80,000 for the purchase of patrol vessel requested by Sheriff-Coronel, Ray Loera.