AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill to protect emergency responders from being unfairly penalized for accidents while on their way to emergencies faces further legislative votes this week.

Rep. Louie Luchini’s bill received initial unanimous passage in the House last week. It faces further House and Senate votes this week.

Current state law prohibits insurers from increasing the premiums of law enforcement officers for motor vehicle accidents that occur while they’re acting in the course and scope of employment. Luchini’s bill would extend this same protection to emergency responders.

The Ellsworth Democrat submitted the bill at the request of retired Ellsworth Fire Chief Jon Marshall.