Feb 06, 2018

HB1377 for Group 4 Reports Favorably

Update: House Bill 1377 (Group 4) has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.  We need the help of NAGE members to encourage their Representatives to support this bill!

Please take a few moments to call your Representative, and ask that they support House Bill 1377. 
Please ask your Representative to call the House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez, and urge him to release the bill favorably from House Ways and Means as soon as possible, so we can pass this critically important and long overdue legislation.  


If you are unsure who your Representative is, you can find out here ⇒ WhereDoIVoteMA.com 


You can reach the MA State House switch board at 617-722-2000

We would like to pass along a suggested script that our legislative department put together for calling your Representatives.  The following is a concise way to get the point across that the Group 4 bill needs to be passed! 


Hi, my name is ____________ and I am a Court Officer/Probation Officer and a member of NAGE.  I am calling to ask for your support on House Bill 1377.  This bill would grant pension group 4 status to ALL Court Officers, Associate Court Officers, Assistant Chief Court Officers, Probation Officers, Assistant Chief Probation Officers, Associate Probation Officers and Senior Probation Officers.  As you may know, these groups of court and probation officers are the only public safety officials in the chain of custody that are not protected by group 4 status.  We face the same dangers and stresses that police officers and corrections officers do each day.  

House Bill 1377 has been reported favorably by the Join Committee on Public Service and is currently before the House Committee on Ways and Means.  I am calling today to urge your support for this important and long overdue legislation.  I am also requesting that you contact Ways and Means Chairman Jeff Sanchez and urge a favorable release as soon as possible.  Thank you.

 
NAGE is happy to report that HB 1377, which would grant Court Officers and Probation Officers Group 4 status for retirement, has been reported favorably by the Joint Committee on Public Service.  This includes Court Officers, Associate Court Officers, Assistant Chief Court Officers, Probation Officers, Assistant Chief Probation Officers, Associate Probation Officers and Senior Probation Officers

We expect that the bill will now advance to the House Ways and Means Committee.   

Please check back for updates on HB 1377 and to learn how you can lend your voice to this important legislation.   

 

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