Gov. Jared Polis signed several bills into laws on Monday, holding signing ceremonies for each at a location related to the bill.
Polis began at 10:30 a.m. in Colorado Springs at Fire Station 8. He signed three bills pertaining to firefighters and their health into laws.
One bill addresses the authority of the state government to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), specifically their use for firefighting foam system testing both in general and in certain aircraft hangars.
The Workers’ Compensation for Audible Psychological Trauma bill determines eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits related to a “psychologically traumatic event” that has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist after a worker visibly or audibly witnessed a death-related or bodily injury-related incident.
Polis made a new law that will include firefighters employed by the department of public safety in the division of fire prevention and control to be eligible for certain employee benefits.