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Release: Rep. Zerwas Successfully Offers Amendment Related to PTSD of First Responders

Tuesday, May 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
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State Representative Nick Zerwas

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Press Release

SAINT PAUL, MN – On Thursday, Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, successfully offered an amendment to the Omnibus Supplemental Finance Bill, SF3656. The amendment to recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an "occupational disease' in Minnesota statue was adopted on a unanimous vote of 124-0.

If signed into law, the language would allow firefighters, police officers and paramedics diagnosed with PTSD the presumption that the diagnosis is a work-related illness.

"Todays vote in favor of my amendment shows a significant bipartisan commitment to taking care of emergency responders," said Zerwas. "This is a common sense provision to aid our first responders who may suffer from a serious mental health condition like PTSD. I've heard from a number of firefighters, police officers, and many others who support this language to modernize our state laws relating to mental health of first responders."

 

Posted 05-03-2018


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