Quinn Bill Update- SJC Single Justice agrees to review Quinn Bill petition

A Single Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has agreed to review joint statements of fact from three Boston police unions and the City of Boston to determine whether the case is ripe for review by the entire SJC.

If Justice Robert Cordy decides that the case is appropriate for a review by the full SJC, then we can expect a resolution to the Quinn Bill issue within a mater of months.

According to an article by Attorney Bryan Decker of Sandulli Grace in the Pax Centurion, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association newspaper,

“[t]he underpinning of the suits is that the Quinn Bill guarantees statutory wages di- rectly to officers. The Quinn Bill (codified at M.G.L. c. 41, §108L) mandates that officers “shall be granted” educational incentives related to law enforcement degrees. The Quinn Bill does not allow for payments to be reduced or reimbursed based on whether or not the state fully reimburses a Town for prior payments to officers. M.G.L. c. 41, §108L is clear…Thus, once a town adopts the Quinn Bill, the statute mandates that the payments must be made.”

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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One Response to Quinn Bill Update- SJC Single Justice agrees to review Quinn Bill petition

  1. Pingback: Tyngsborough police union latest to sue for Quinn benefits | Massachusetts Police Legal News

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