The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Danville News

February 6, 2014

Barletta's IRS bill heading toward U.S. House vote

SUNBURY — A bill introduced and championed by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11 of Hazleton, has passed through committee and could make its way to the House floor shortly.

The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act passed through the House Ways and Means committee by a 37-0 vote Tuesday, according to Barletta. The bill next heads to the House floor for a vote, which could take place at the end of this month or in March, Barletta said.

The bill addresses issues involving the counting of volunteer firefighters as employees for tax purposes.

Barletta had repeatedly questioned the IRS for an interpretation on volunteer firefighters and emergency responders as they relate to the Employer Mandate Provision of Obamacare, which requires companies of 50 or more employees to provide health insurance coverage.

The IRS and Treasury Department responded to Barletta’s concerns, assuring lawmakers that volunteer firefighters would not count as employees, saying, “The forthcoming final regulations relating to employer-shared responsibility generally will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents).”

However, Barletta wants to make sure this decision is written into law.

“They have not come out with their final regulations,” he said. “They have indicated that volunteers would not be required to comply, but the final regulations haven’t been disclosed yet. And regulations can be changed. I want to codify this with law.”

If the bill’s previous record is any indication, Barletta is optimistic it will be able to pass through Congress.

“It passed with unanimous, bipartisan support,” he said. “And judging by the amount of support I’m getting verbally from members from all around the country, I’m confident that this will pass when it reaches the floor.”

Text Only
The Danville News
  • Danville parents hope strike ends quickly

    DANVILLE ““ First-grader Madison Wild was sad she missed school Thursday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Danville teachers to continue strike

    DANVILLE – Officials of the Danville Area School District and Danville Education Association confirmed Friday the teachers’ strike will continue through April 25.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-tech helping family

    ESPY – The Columbia Montour AVTS is sponsoring a benefit spaghetti dinner for the Dissinger family from 4 to 7 p.m. April 25 at 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive. Three members of the family died in a Rush Township fire April 4.

    April 18, 2014

  • picket18a.jpg DEA rep: District’s last offer lower

    DANVILLE — The most recent salary and benefits proposal by the Danville school board to the Danville Education Association came in lower than previous offers, according to DEA labor representative Mark McDade.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • xcdh18a.jpg Kin marks newborn's advances through illness

    LIBERTY TWP. — Lahlynn Bingaman smiles, is very alert and sleeps in a crib.
    She’s been at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since being born there two months ago.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • xdrugawa18c.jpg Drug battle begins with public education

    DANVILLE – Rep. Kurt Masser, local police and school district leaders discussed Wednesday what community members can expect to learn at an upcoming drug awareness program.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danville Arts Council fundraiser nets nearly $2,000

    DANVILLE — Last week’s inaugural fundraiser for the Danville Arts Council was a “tremendous success,” according to council chairman Scott Richardson.

    April 18, 2014

  • xeggs18ac.jpg Volunteers color 90 dozen eggs for big day

    DANVILLE — Fire company volunteers colored 1,080 eggs or 90 dozen eggs Wednesday in preparation for the annual Goodwill Hose Company Easter egg hunt Saturday.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Danville Sports