TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – After blocking a bill that would provide additional financial help to firefighters who contract cancer, House Speaker Jose Oliva now says he will allow the bill to be voted on.
Firefighters are at a far greater risk of contracting cancer and dying from the disease and many scientists believe it is related to the smoke and chemicals they breathe in while on the job.READ MORE: Attorney For Key Ally Of Venezuela Leader's Nicolas Maduro Called His Extradition To The US Illegal
A bill to provide firefighters who contract certain types of cancer a $25,000 payout to help defray some of their expenses.
Eighty two out of 120 members of the state house signed on as co-sponsors.READ MORE: Haiti Gang With Past Abductions Blamed For Kidnapping Missionaries
Nevertheless, Oliva blocked the bill.
Critics had argued Oliva opposed the bill as political payback to the firefighters union who had backed Democratic candidates.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Investigate Bomb Threat
In a statement this afternoon Oliva denied politics entered his thinking and he said he was now allowing the bill to move forward.