Survivor Benefits Bill Moves to the House

DENVER – In the wake of the tragic death of Colorado Department of Transportation Employee Nolan Olson, the Colorado State Senate passed Senate Bill 148 unanimously this morning.

Senate Bill-148 extends health benefits for the families of state employees who perish in the line of duty. The bill cleared the Senate Health and Human Services Committee last week with unanimous, bipartisan support.

“Nolan Olson, was a hard-working CDOT employee,” said Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton). “Nolan’s dedication to his work, and great sacrifice for the State of Colorado, is why Senate Bill-148 is so important for me to bring forward. The State is an employer and has a responsibility to take care of our employees' families when their family member has been killed while doing their job. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the Olson family.”

Nolan Olson was with the Colorado Department of Transportation for fourteen years before he was struck on U.S. Highway 160, in Pagosa Springs, on Februrary 2nd. Unfortunately, Olson succumbed to his injuries on February 11th.

Senate Bill-148 will now move to the House for consideration.

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