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Oklahoma House of Representatives - Communications & Public Affairs

A bill designed to level the playing field and provide long-term financial security to firefighters employed by a tribe passed the House Banking, Financial Services and Pension Committee today with a bipartisan 11-0 vote.

House Bill 1426, authored by Representative Ben Loring, allows eligible firefighters employed by an Oklahoma-based federally recognized Native American tribe to become members of and accrue service credit in the Oklahoma Firefighter Pension and Retirement System.

“These men and women stand with state, county and municipal first responders to protect Oklahoma,” Loring said. “This bill is an opportunity, at no cost to taxpayers, to say thank you and return the favor by allowing them to join a pension system that will protect their financial future.”

The Oklahoma State Firefighter Association and many tribal and municipal fire departments support the bill.

“This legislation offers our firefighters an equal footing when it comes to retirement,” said Quapaw Nation Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Reeves. “This is about financial security and peace of mind for men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting Oklahoma.”

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