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Updated Apr 30, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Bill protects Arizona cities from catastrophic death costs

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would protect cities and towns from large insurance liabilities in the case of a disaster that results in the death or serious injury of a public safety employee.

House Speaker Andy Tobin says the bill would help cities like Prescott following the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

House Bill 2693 distributes the cost of death and serious injury benefits among all members of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, instead of keeping it within the city or town for which those killed work.

Tobin says the legislation would protect Prescott from the approximately $5 million cost in death benefits to the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Brewer signed the bill on Wednesday.

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