LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new bill filed this morning is proposing the state provide cancer leave for firefighters.
State Representative Nicole Clowney of Fayetteville says currently there’s a gap in Arkansas law.
The bill was inspired by a firefighter who exhausted his sick leave after being diagnosed with cancer and had to return to provide for his family until he died.
She says the bill would provide these firefighters with up to a year of sick leave
“If a firefighter dies from one of these cancers he’s acquired while fighting a fire we will provide for him but if he remains disabled from that cancer and successfully fights if we don’t provide for him under current Arkansas law,” says Nicole Clowney, (Rep. Dist. 86-Fayetteville).
Rep. Clowney says right now they’re continuing to have conversations with stakeholders but eventually, the bill will run in committee.