Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed legislation designed to help firefighters who develop cancer on the job.
The measure allows firefighters who meet certain conditions to qualify for compensation through a First Responders Fund, without having to prove a direct cause for the disease.
Snyder says the bill recognizes the potential health risks firefighters face, especially in terms of cancers, and it simplifies the claims process so stricken firefighters can get assistance they need.
But, in a letter to state lawmakers, the governor called the legislation incomplete because it did not include a funding mechanism for the program, and called on lawmakers to identify a stable, long-term source in the new legislative session.