2nd meeting on benefits for fire survivors set

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona legislative committee charged with figuring out how to pay survivor benefits to part-time Prescott firefighters killed in June is set to meet Tuesday.

The House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee meeting comes a month after Speaker Andy Tobin urged members to quickly craft a plan to pay full survivor and other benefits to the 13 part-time firefighters.

They were among 19 killed June 30 in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.

The committee also is trying to figure out how to legally cover some of the other costs of the fire, including a $5.2 million payment to the state's public safety retirement system owed by Prescott.

The city was hit with the bill after the state system had to pay survivors death benefits.

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