DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Public safety issues. Provides that a full-time, fully paid firefighter of a fire department, fire protection district, or fire protection territory: (1) within annexed territory; (2) consolidated into the Indianapolis fire department; (3) of a municipality that merges with another municipality; or (4) of a political subdivision that enters into an interlocal agreement with another political subdivision regarding the provision of fire services; is entitled to be employed as a full-time, fully paid firefighter of the annexing municipality, Indianapolis fire department, merged municipality, or political subdivision subject to the interlocal agreement at not less than the same salary and with equivalent health benefits. Requires that the firefighter receive full credit under the pension plan for prior service with the firefighter's former department. Provides that firefighters in areas subject to annexation, merger, consolidation, or interlocal agreements remain members of the pension plan offered by the firefighters' former department. Provides that a town manager may not serve on a body that hears disciplinary charges against a member of the town fire department. Requires a town to pay for the care of a full-time, paid firefighter who suffers an injury or contracts an illness during the performance of the firefighter's duty. Provides that a safety board or county sheriff may not investigate or prefer a charge against a police officer or firefighter more than three years after the conduct that is the basis of the investigation or charge occurs.