On Monday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt applauded the U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation he supported to remove barriers to receiving federal benefits for families of first responders who die or are disabled as a result of COVID-19. The measure, known as the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020, establishes a temporary presumption that a first responder contracted COVID-19 while on duty if diagnosed within 45 days of his or her last shift. Schmidt and 51 other state and territory attorneys general sent a letter in May urging Congress to pass the act. Schmidt said the act will ensure first responders and their families are treated fairly and not subjected to undue bureaucratic delays in their time of need. Before unanimously passing the House yesterday, the SAFR Act passed the Senate in May and now awaits President Trump’s signature.