An Act To Increase the Death Benefit for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Emergency Medical Services Personnel and Corrections Officers
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical services personnel and corrections officers work on a daily basis in situations that serve to advance the public good and to further public purposes but that also put their health and lives at risk; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §1532, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 2, Pt. A, §5 and affected by §14, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA c. 195-A, headnote is amended to read:
DEATH BENEFITS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONS AND CORRECTIONS OFFICERS WHO DIE WHILE IN THE LINE OF DUTY
§ 1611. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 1612. Death benefit
Sec. 3. 25 MRSA §1611, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 25 MRSA §1611, sub-§1-B is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 25 MRSA §1611, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 439, Pt. CCCCC, §4, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 6. 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, emergency medical services person or corrections officer 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, emergency medical services person's or corrections officer'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:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.