The Senate originally wanted to set a higher standard of proof, essentially that there had to be “clear and convincing” evidence for a claim. That requirement appeased local governments worried about how the potential new mandate would drive up costs. But firefighters themselves have said it’s too high a standard of proof, especially since other states use lower standards related to work-related cancer claims.
State Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, who is a firefighter himself, led the charge on the floor to lower the claims standard to "a preponderance" of evidence. That proposal won, after an hour of debate.