House Budget Amendments of interest to Police Officers-Quinn Bill updates

Legislative Update
BELOW ARE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD BE OF CONCERN TO POLICE OFFICERS. THE HOUSE BUDGET IS THE SECOND STEP IN A LONG PROCESS. THE FIRST STEP WAS THE GOVERNORS PROPOSED BUDGET, NOW IT’S THE HOUSE BUDGET THE NEXT STEP IS THE SENATE BUDGET WHICH WILL BE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT.  BOTH BUDGETS WILL THEN GO TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE THAT WILL COMPROMISE BOTH DOCUMENTS FOR THE FINAL BUDGET TO BE SENT TO THE GOVERNOR. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.

45 Jones of North Reading  Cap Pensions at 400%

This amendment caps pensions at 4X the average pension (equals about $100K+)

257 Speliotis of Danvers Private Flaggers

Sets in place savings benchmarks of 20% for use of flaggers

75 Jones of North Reading Group Averaging for Retirement

76 Jones of North Reading Ten Years per Group for Retirement

426 Fernandes Quinn Bill Amendment

587 Polito of Local Aid

664 Donelan of Orange Quinn Bill Amendment

that the bill be amended in Section 3 by inserting after the first paragraph, the following paragraph: Notwithstanding and general or special law to the contrary the full cost of the police career incentive program to reimburse cities and towns for career incentive salary increases for police officers shall be born by the communities through the unrestricted general government aide section of the budget; provided, however, that regular full-time members of municipal police departments hired on or after July 1, 2009 shall not be eligible to participate in the career incentive pay program established pursuant to section 108L of chapter 41 of the General Laws, unless otherwise negotiated by the parties; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal police department who has not enrolled in an education program for the purposes of participating in the career incentive pay program pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws, as of October 1, 2009, shall not be eligible to participate in the career incentive pay program established pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws, unless otherwise negotiated by the parties; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal police department who has begun to accumulate credit hours pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws as of October 1, 2009 shall be allowed to accumulate the maximum number of credit hours for any eligible degree permitted pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal policed

666 Donelan of Orange Quinn Bill Amendment

in Section 3 by inserting after the first paragraph, the following paragraph: Notwithstanding and general or special law to the contrary the full cost of the police career incentive program to reimburse cities and towns for career incentive salary increases for police officers shall be born by the communities through the unrestricted general government aide section of the budget; provided, however, that regular full-time members of municipal police departments hired on or after July 1, 2009 shall not be eligible to participate in the career incentive pay program established pursuant to section 108L of chapter 41 of the General Laws, unless otherwise negotiated by the parties; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal police department who has not enrolled in an education program for the purposes of participating in the career incentive pay program pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws, as of October 1, 2009, shall not be eligible to participate in the career incentive pay program established pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws, unless otherwise negotiated by the parties; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal police department who has begun to accumulate credit hours pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws as of October 1, 2009 shall be allowed to accumulate the maximum number of credit hours for any eligible degree permitted pursuant to said section 108L of said chapter 41 of the General Laws; provided further, that any current regular full-time member of a municipal police

742 Atsalis of Hyannis Police Career Incentive Program

Representative Atsalis of Hyannis moved that the bill be amended in Section 2 in line item 8000-0040, by striking out the amount $5,000,000 and inserting at the end the following:-$10,000,000

857 Walsh of Quinn Bill

Representative Walsh of Boston and Mr. Driscoll of Braintree moved that the bill be amended in Section 2, in line item 8000-0040, by striking the amount $5,000,000 and replacing it with the following amount: $33,000,000

858 Walsh of Quinn Bill

Representative Walsh of Boston and Mr. Driscoll of Braintree moved that the bill be amended in Section 2, in line item 8000-0400, by striking the amount $5,000,000 and replacing it with the following amount: $10,000,000

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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