February began with another busy week in the Capitol. The House signed off on several pieces of legislation, sending them to the Senate for further consideration. We met through Thursday afternoon when weather forecasts made it clear that ice and snow would blanket much of the Commonwealth that night into Friday morning. We opted to reschedule Friday’s session day to allow members to return home safely. Fortunately, temperatures were warmer than anticipated and we avoided the worst of the ice.

Providing disability, death benefits to first responders: We approved two measures this week aimed at ensuring our first responders who contract Covid in the line of duty receive the benefits they deserve. The first bill, HB 69, would eliminate any question that first responders who get Covid are eligible for short term disability benefits. The second measure, HB 56, would clarify that those who die with Covid are eligible for work-related death benefits.

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