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    From the Secret List...
    PA GOVERNOR VETOES FIREFIGHTER CANCER SUPPORT--

    -- EVEN THOUGH PA LAWMAKERS VOTED 100% FOR IT!

    In a really shameful act, which probably follows the lead last year by the National League of Cities/Tri-Data Report, (See Link Below) PA's Gov. Ed Rendell today vetoed a bill that would have expanded workers compensation claims for Firefighters, who have long fought for the legislation. The Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association urged lawmakers to support the bill-AND THEY DID! Keep reading.



    In a letter attempting to explain his veto, Rendell wrote that the bill would pass potentially huge costs to municipalities. Rendell wrote that the total cost of the legislation is unknown, "which is a problem in itself." Can you think of any other Gov't legislation where the total cost is unknown? Actually, while the cost of most Gov't programs are not predictable and seem endless, multiplying regularly, this cost is relatively predictable based upon past history and the number of Firefighters. It is very predictable, if the Gov wanted it to be.


    Continuing his excuses, the governor said the bill could actually "hinder public safety" because it could force municipalities to cut essential services at a time when many are struggling financially in the economic downturn. WTF!? Firefighters had argued that the bill would provide essential relief to the families of firefighters suffering from cancer, relief that the communities of those firefighters should cover the cost of!


    NOTE: Interestingly, the bill enjoyed very strong support from lawmakers and it passed the House earlier this month with a 196-0 vote! 196-0 !! The Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association hailed the House vote earlier this month, saying, "This is as close as we have ever been in 25 years of efforts."
    But thanks to the PA Gov, support to PA Firefighters with cancer is now dead. Incredible.
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

  • #2
    Originally posted by FWDBuff
    Thank You, Governor Ed Rendell, you Democratic fat load waste of oxygen, for vetoing the Pa. Firefighter's Cancer Bill today, even though it had 100% support of the house. Do us all a favor and go eat another hoagie or cheese steak and drop dead of a coronary.
    (I put in a 40+ word quote, and STILL not enough characters...)
    Opinions expressed are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Philadelphia Fire Department and/or IAFF Local 22.

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    • #3
      I am very sorry to hear that it was vetoed. What terrible news for all Professional Firefighters.

      I am fortunate that California has great Cancer Presumption Laws; in fact the first in the world. As a two-time cancer survivor I hope all of you continue the fight and never give up on getting this bill passed. I could only hope that all states will enact cancer presumption laws to protect their firefighters and their families.

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      • #4
        What a Piece of......... Nevermind.

        Absolutely crazy........... South of the Mason Dixon Line, the Governor would look at anything coming out of the Legislature with that kind of Vote and sign it ASAP. I guess Pennsylvania doesn't have a Veto Override provision in the Constitution........ Stupid........
        Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
        In memory of
        Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
        Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

        IACOJ Budget Analyst

        I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

        www.gdvfd18.com

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        • #5
          Yes, 2/3 vote from both Senate and House will override a veto. BUT:

          The General Assembly must also adjourn by midnight, November 30, in even-numbered years due to the expiration of the terms of office of all House members and half the Senate.
          Opinions expressed are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Philadelphia Fire Department and/or IAFF Local 22.

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          • #6
            Ok..........

            Originally posted by mrpita View Post
            Yes, 2/3 vote from both Senate and House will override a veto. BUT:
            Thanks, I figured something like that might be the case. One of those convienient Loopholes......... I'm sure your guys are continuing their efforts....Good Luck.....
            Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
            In memory of
            Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
            Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

            IACOJ Budget Analyst

            I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

            www.gdvfd18.com

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            • #7
              I'm sure this will be a big topic of discussion on the floor next year. I am quite disappointed over this, as are many I'm sure. I look forward to the start of the new year, the incoming Lt Gov is a standing commish in our county and a very outspoken proponent of emergency services. Not that I trust any politician, but I hope to see this fixed.
              Matt G.
              Battalion Chief
              IACOJ-Member
              FTM-PTB

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              • #8
                Vote that jackwagon out in the next election!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
                  Vote that jackwagon out in the next election!
                  Already done, he'll be shown the door soon
                  Matt G.
                  Battalion Chief
                  IACOJ-Member
                  FTM-PTB

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                  • #10
                    I am sorry to see that this Bill was vetoed for what I see as irresponsible political posturing. Every state should have a cancer presumption law. It makes me angry that Firefighters have to fight so hard to get what they are entitled to. Don't give up the fight.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jonnee View Post
                      Vote that jackwagon out in the next election!
                      He doesn't care, he's gone in January and will go back to his home in the East Falls section of Philadelphia to live off his pensions as Philly's DA and the governor.

                      He's got his health care for the rest of his life (and his wife is a federal judge) so why should he care about us?
                      Last edited by dragonfyre; 11-28-2010, 05:06 PM. Reason: puncuation
                      Steve Dragon
                      FFII, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Appartus Driver Operator Certified
                      Volunteers are never "off duty".
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                      • #12
                        Good Show.............

                        Matt and Steve, Thanks, I didn't know he was a lame duck...... Guess that explains all the Squawking........ If us Southern Boys can help out, let us know.........
                        Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
                        In memory of
                        Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
                        Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

                        IACOJ Budget Analyst

                        I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

                        www.gdvfd18.com

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                        • #13
                          That totally sucks.

                          He has to screw up one last thing before he leaves office....amazing!

                          Hope it comes around again next session.
                          Jason Knecht
                          Firefighter/EMT
                          Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                          Eau Claire, WI

                          IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                          http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                          EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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                          • #14
                            Ridiculous
                            Omnes domum redeunt

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                            • #15
                              Oh yea, fast Eddie,

                              vetoed this, vetoed the castle doctrine bill, (with upgrades to Megan's law)
                              along with all he has BS'd through with the casinos.

                              GFR

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