Nofs protects death benefit for public safety officers killed in the line of duty

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LANSING— Sen. Mike Nofs successfully protected death benefits for police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty in emergency manager legislation approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

“While I recognize the need to provide emergency managers with the tools they need to help pull struggling schools and communities back from the brink of financial ruin, protecting the negotiated death benefits for the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty is simply the right thing to do,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

Nofs’ amendment states that “the payment of a benefit upon the death of a police officer or firefighter that occurs in the line of duty shall not be impaired and is not subject to any provision of this act.”

The legislative package is designed to help prevent financial emergencies in school districts or local units of government and give emergency managers more tools to rescue those in financial distress.

Nofs also supported amendments to limit the salary of an emergency manager, limit the ability to alter retirement agreements and strengthen the conflict of interest standards for emergency managers.

Senate Bills 157 and 158 and House Bill 4214 have been sent to the House for consideration.  House Bills 4216-4218 now head to the House to be enrolled and presented to the governor.

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