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Richard: Will SB 897 Create a Public Safety Risk?

By Thomas A. Richard

Friday, August 26, 2016 | 687 | 0 | min read

SB 897, by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is a bill working its way through the Legislature, and many observers expect it to make its way to the governor’s desk by Wednesday. The bill would provide a second year of Labor Code Section 4850 pay for each injury claimed by police officers and firefighters. Thomas A. Richard A question has arisen as to whether the proposed law would inadvertently risk public safety by creating extended vacancies in police and fire departments, keeping active-duty safety personnel off the streets longer. Current law allows for one year of full pay a...

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