UPDATE: Miranda’s bill establishing First Responder Special Plate and Fund moves to the Senate
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill introduced by Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 27), that is designed to help the families of Arizona public service officers who are killed or hurt in the line of duty.
HB 2582 would create a first responder special license plate and a fund for organizations like the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit whose mission is to help families of officers and firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty.
“These license plates will honor the memory of those first responders who have been killed in our state and will show gratitude to those who have been injured,” Miranda said. “This month, two of our law enforcement officers were involved in a shootout. Tragically, Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs lost his life and Detective Albert J. Casados was injured. Our thoughts and prayers remain with these heroes and with their families but many want to offer more. This plate and fund would create another opportunity for people to show their support and their appreciation.”
After the state recoups the cost of establishing the license plates, most of the proceeds from sales of the plates will go to organizations that will use the money to provide immediate financial assistance, emotional support, peer training and professional referral services to families of public service officers who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Additionally, the money can be used for scholarships for family members of public safety officers and firefighters wishing to continue their education beyond high school.
The bill passed 50-7 and now goes to the Arizona Senate for consideration.
A full copy of the bill is available at: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2582&Session_Id=112&image.x=0&image.y=0.