SARASOTA (WWSB) - Several firefighters joined state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and lawmaker at the state capitol Thursday in support of legislation that would provide additional benefits to firefighters who are diagnosed with cancer.
The bill was approved last week, and Governor Ron DeSantis has until Friday to decide whether to sign the measure that would expand benefits for firefighters who are diagnosed with 21 types of cancer.
The Florida League of Cities, which represents hundreds of municipalities across the state, has called for the governor to veto the measure.
The League’s opposition centers on figuring out how local governments will pay for the added benefits.
Patronis, who doubles as the state fire marshal, says the call for a veto is disappointing, adding local governments need to find a way to pay for the coverage.
“It is just such a shame that this process has, sometimes, those that want to be against what is solid, good policy for our brave first responders," Patronis said.
The House and Senate unanimously passed the bill which was sent to DeSantis on Friday which is the cause of him having only until Friday for him to act.
The measure requires providing a series of benefits to firefighters diagnosed with the types of cancer.
It also would help firefighters pay their bills while undergoing cancer treatment by providing lump-sum payments of 25 thousand dollars upon diagnosis.