Mar 24, 2017

Update: Increased Line Of Duty Death Benefit Signed by Governor Baker

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Governor Baker signed H.3448 which will double the Line of Duty Death Benefit in Massachusetts.  This increase bring the benefit from $150,000 to $300,000 for the families of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.  
 
Thank you to the IBPO legislative team who has put in tremendous work to make sure this benefit increase is established.  

To read the official press release, please click HERE.  
 

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Massachusetts House and Senate voted to increase the line of duty death benefit for police officers and firefighters.  The increase would double the current benefit, taking it from $150,000 up to $300,000 for those who lose their life in the line of duty.  
 
This one-time benefit, available to firefighters, police officers and other emergency responders in MA, is paid by the State Retirement Board. The benefit applies to public safety employees “who, while in the performance of his duties and as a result of incident, accident or violence, was killed or sustained injuries which were the direct and proximate cause of his death.”  
 
The IBPO legislative team, along with Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts (PFFM) and the Ways and Means Committee have put in a great deal of effort to support this increase.  The IBPO was a leader in working towards the inception of this benefit by the Federal Government under the Kennedy administration. The federal benefit started out at $50,000.  The IBPO working with the PFFM filed legislation in Massachusetts that mirrored the federal benefit but started at $100,000. The IBPO has continued to lead the charge on this matter, making sure this remains an adequate benefit which increases as the CPI does.  The IBPO will continue to fight for those who fight for us.
 
If approved by Governor Baker, Massachusetts will have more than quadrupled the original benefit.  To read the existing benefit language, please click here. 


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