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By Shaylee Ragar and Tim Pierce
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Firefighter Protection Act becomes law, Hanna's Act revived


April 25, 2019

HELENA -- Gov. Steve Bullock has signed into law the Firefighter Protection Act, which requires workers’ compensation insurance to cover presumptive occupational diseases, like cancer, for the state’s firefighters.

Senate Bill 160 was carried by Sen. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, who said at the bill signing that his brother is a firefighter, so the issue is personal.

The bill has been a goal for the governor for several sessions.

“Every firefighter should know Montana has their back. And it’s about damn time,” Bullock said at a bill signing ceremony Friday.

The bill requires a...

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