Jun 08, 2017

CALL NOW! Expanded Line Of Duty Death Benefit for All MA Public Employees

On Thursday, May 25th, the Senate adopted an amendment filed by Senator Eric Lesser that expands the line of duty death benefit to any public employee who is killed in the line of duty.  The NAGE legislative team, in partnership with AFSCME, worked tirelessly to lobby for increasing this benefit. 
Until now, this benefit was provided only to public safety personnel who were killed in the performance of their duties. The Senate’s action is a commitment to honor the sacrifice of all public employees.  “Under the agreement, this one-time death benefit would be available to the families of any state, county, or municipal employee, as well as employees of higher education institutions, public school districts and public authorities” (State House News).

The budget is now in conference committee, where difference between the House and Senate versions will be reconciled.  The House budget negotiators need to agree in order for this increase to become part of the budget, and we need your help!
Please take a moment to call the members of the Conference Committee and encourage them to support the expansion of the line of duty death benefit to all public Employees, contained outside section 46 of the Senate Budget. 

Senator Karen Spilka (617) 722-1640
Senator Sal DiDomenico (617) 722-1650
Senator Viriato (Vinny) deMacedo (617) 722-1330
Representative Brian Dempsey (617) 722-2990
Representative Stephen Kulik (617) 722-2380
Representative Todd Smola (617) 722-2100

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