Firefighters applying for the benefit would have to demonstrate exposure to a known carcinogen as a result of their occupation. Otherwise, state law considers cancer an “ordinary disease of life,” disqualifying it from claims.
But Deal vetoed the bill, saying he was concerned the bill carved out an exception for one occupation and was a "broad solution for a problem not yet abundantly demonstrated in Georgia."
Ralston said Monday he and Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, who has sponsored the bill, remain committed to it.
"I stand ready to work with you, as does Rep. Micah Gravley, who carried that legislation last year,” Ralston told the mayors. “We have to find a reasonable solution because it's the right thing to do for our firefighters and their families.”