FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Senate Bill 43, also knows as the Mackey Act, has been given approval by the Kentucky House, and will now go to Governor Matt Bevin’s office to be signed or vetoed.
The bill grants $80,000 dollar death benefits and free tuition to the families of paramedics, rescue squads, and EMS personnel who die in the line of duty at state universities or community colleges.
The bill is named in honor of John Mackey, a Jessamine Co. paramedic who was hit by a car and killed back in November while responding to a call.
According to the Herald-Leader, the bill will be retroactive to deaths occurring since Novermber 1, meaning Mackey’s family members will be included.
Information from the Lexington Herald-Leader