Friday, June 23, 2006

Assistance For Law Officers

House Bill 447, Law Enforcement Officers Creditable Service/Workers’ Compensation, passed the House on Thursday and will now be sent to the Governor for signature into law. This bill, long sought by law enforcement groups, provides that any officer injured by the criminal act of a third party and forced out of work because of that injury for a period of time, will now have that time out on workers’ compensation count towards his or her retirement. This eliminates the double penalty that had existed for injured local officers who were out of work and also losing time towards their retirement when seriously hurt by a criminal. The bill was supported by the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, other law enforcement groups, the League of Municipalities, and the Association of County Commissioners.

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