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IA HOUSE APPROVES INCREASE IN 1ST RESPONDER BENEFITS

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THE IOWA HOUSE HAS VOTED TO ENSURE ABOUT 86-HUNDRED POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS WHO ARE PART OF A STATEWIDE PENSION AND DISABILITY SYSTEM ARE COVERED FOR WORK-RELATED INJURIES THAT DEVELOPED OVER TIME.

REPRESENTATIVE BOBBY KAUFMANN OF WILTON SAYS THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES COVERAGE FOR MENTAL DISORDERS.

PENSION1 OC……..AND FIREFIGHTERS.” :04

KAUFMANN SAYS THE IOWA PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM HAS THE SAME BENEFITS IN PLACE FOR STATE WORKERS, TEACHERS AND OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

ABOUT FOUR-THOUSAND FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS ARE COVERED BY THE SO-CALLED 4-1-1 SYSTEM.

JUST BEFORE THE HOUSE VOTED ON THE BILL, REPRESENTATIVE KAUFMANN ACKNOWLEDGED SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS COVERED BY THE 4-1-1 SYSTEM WHO WERE IN THE HOUSE GALLERY, WATCHING THE DEBATE.

PENSION2 OC………WE’VE GOT YOURS.” :16

SIOUX CITY, STORM LAKE AND SPENCER ARE INCLUDED ON THE LIST OF 49 IOWA CITIES WHERE PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES WOULD BE COVERED FOR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITIONS THAT DEVELOP OVER TIME.

LE MARS POLICE ARE ALSO INCLUDED.