The House unanimously passed a bill that will double the state tax credit available to active members of volunteer fire, ambulance, and rescue service companies.
Sponsored in June by Sen. Bruce Ennis, Senate Bill 189 would increase the credit against the income tax liability available to resident first responders from $500 to $1,000 – an adjustment recommended by Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Task Force.
|Senate Bill 189 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Ennis, Poore, Townsend, Pettyjohn||Senate Passed 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Mitchell, Bush, Carson, D.Short||House Passed 39-0-2. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Freel Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King Collins D.Short Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Absent: Smyk, Dukes|
|Current Status:||Sent to the Governor.|
“The volunteer fire companies that have protected Delawareans for generations have seen a dramatic decline in members in recent years,” said Sen. Ennis. “If we are going to continue asking Delawareans to put their safety on the line for their communities, the least we can do is help provide them with reasonable incentives as a sign of our gratitude and appreciation.”
“The brave men and women in our state’s volunteer fire, ambulance and rescue service companies risk their lives to serve their fellow community members every day, often using their own resources in the process,” said Rep. Larry Mitchell, the House prime sponsor of SB 189. “Additionally, by providing these life-saving services at no expense, our volunteer first responders save Delawareans hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes every year. This tax credit is just a small way to give back to those who give so much without asking for anything in return.”