|Committee: Finance and Taxation General Fund||Sponsor: Simpson|
|Analyst: Pete Grogan||Date: 03/03/2021|
House Bill 212 as passed the House of Representatives requires counties and municipalities to 1) reimburse copayments to certain law enforcement officers and firefighters employed by those localities for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 2) provide disability payments to those law enforcement officers or firefighters under certain conditions. These provisions would increase the obligations of counties and municipalities by an undetermined amount dependent upon: 1) the number of law enforcement officers and firefighters that would be reimbursed for copayments and receive disability payments for up to 24 months; 2) the number of counties and municipalities that would be required to obtain expanded medical coverage to comply with the provisions of this bill; and 3) the number of counties and municipalities that would be required to obtain workman’s compensation insurance to comply with the provisions of this bill.
In addition, this bill exempts the disability payments provided by this act from state income tax, which would decrease potential receipts to the Education Trust Fund by an undetermined amount depending on the number of law enforcement officers and firefighters that receive disability payments under the provisions of this bill. This bill further exempts any funds received as premiums for the coverage provided in this bill from insurance premium taxes, which would decrease potential revenues to the State General Fund by an undetermined amount.
|Greg Albritton, Chairperson|
Finance and Taxation General Fund