An Act To Increase the Death Benefit for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §1611, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §1612, as amended by PL 2009, c. 421, §3, is further amended to read:
§ 1612. Death benefit
Beginning July 1, 2021 and annually thereafter, the benefit amount must be indexed to the Consumer Price Index whenever there is a percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from July 1st to June 30th of the previous year. A firefighter, law enforcement officer or emergency medical services person who dies while in the line of duty must be paid the benefit amount as indexed immediately prior to that firefighter's, law enforcement officer's or emergency medical services person's death. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services shall adopt rules to calculate the annual percentage increase in the death benefit.
The State shall pay the benefit as follows:
This bill increases the death benefit for a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services person who has died while in the line of duty from $50,000 to $75,000 through June 30, 2021. For deaths occurring after June 30, 2021, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to adopt rules to annually calculate an increase in the death benefit based on the previous year's increase in the Consumer Price Index.