TML Risk Pool Publishes First Responder Injury/Illness Leave FAQ

The Texas Legislature passed H.B. 471 in 2023, which requires Texas cities to establish a mandatory paid leave scheme for certain first responders who suffer an illness or injury while on duty. The TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool has prepared a detailed FAQ document on the bill that includes information on how the illness or injury leave established by H.B. 471 interacts with workers’ compensation benefits. The TML Risk Pool is in the process of creating coverage that may assist Texas cities offset their required leave payments under the new law. Please contact Scott Houston, the TML Risk Pool’s Intergovernmental Relations Manager, at with questions.