Introduced House Bill (H)

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Veterans' preference for firefighter hiring. Establishes the veterans' preference for firefighter hiring pilot program (program). Encourages the hiring of certain veterans for an entry level firefighter position by allowing a local unit to apply for a grant when a qualifying veteran is hired. Limits program eligibility to local units that hire at an entry level firefighter position a veteran who: (1) has served not less than three consecutive years of service in the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, or the Indiana National Guard; Veterans' preference for firefighter hiring. Establishes the veterans' preference for firefighter hiring pilot program (program). Encourages the hiring of certain veterans for an entry level firefighter position by allowing a local unit to apply for a grant when a qualifying veteran is hired. Limits program eligibility to local units that hire at an entry level firefighter position a veteran who: (1) has served not less than three consecutive years of service in the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Coast Guard, or the Indiana National Guard; (2) has received an honorable discharge or sole survivorship discharge; (3) has met the firefighter hiring standards described in IC 36-8-10.5; (4) has met any additional hiring standards imposed by the fire department being applied to; and (5) is able to participate in the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund. Requires the state fire marshal's office to administer the program. Provides that a grant may not exceed $40,000. Requires a grant to be used for expenses related to the: (1) benefits; (2) compensation; and (3) training; of the hired qualifying veteran. Describes record keeping requirements. Establishes the veterans' preference for firefighter hiring pilot program fund (fund). Requires unused grant proceeds to revert to the fund. Specifies that not more than 20 grants may be issued each year. Requires the program to end on July 1, 2020. Specifies that money remaining in the fund at the end of the program reverts to the state general fund. Appropriates $800,000 from the state general fund to the program. ... View more