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.”