LANSING, Mich. - Michigan lawmakers are reintroducing a measure to make it easier for firefighters to become eligible for workers' compensation for certain cancers.
Under a bill recently approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, brain and skin cancer are among the cancers that would be presumed to be caused by carcinogens firefighters are exposed to in smoke and debris.
Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union President Mark Docherty says firefighters now must definitively prove their cancer was caused on the job, which can be nearly impossible.
Groups like the Michigan Municipal League say the measure would significantly increase costs for cash-strapped communities.
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