GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL DRS25014-MH-29A* (01/31)
Short Title: Local Firefighter Relief Fund Eligibility.
Senators Daniel, Barefoot, and Meredith (Primary Sponsors).
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to provide that any destitute firefighter serving honorably with a certified fire department may receive financial assistance from a local firefighters' relief fund.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 58‑84‑35(a) reads as rewritten:
"§ 58‑84‑35. Disbursement of funds by trustees.
(a) The board of trustees shall have entire control of the funds derived from the provisions of this Article, and shall disburse the funds only for the following purposes:
(2a) To provide assistance,
upon approval by the Executive Director of the North Carolina State
Firefighters' Association, to a destitute member firefighter who has served or
is serving honorably
for at least five years.with a certified
fire department. The determination of destitute shall be based on the
inability of the firefighters, through no fault of their own, to provide basic
provisions to themselves or their families. Such basic provisions include, but
are not limited to, assistance with housing, vehicle or commuting expenses,
food, clothing, utilities, medical care, and funeral expenses.
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective July 1, 2017, and applies to distributions to local firefighters' relief funds on or after that date.