Legislative Update as of April 13, 2013

FOPLegislation80xThe pace of Arizona legislation has slowed to a crawl, with the governor expressing a desire for progress on Medicaid expansion.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held the latest in a series of rallies at the Capitol to show she has broad support for her proposal to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 more poor Arizonans. And her effort appears to be paying off.

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New benefit for public safety officers who become severely injured in the line of duty

FOPNIJLaws 2012, Chapter 287 (HB 2643) created a new benefit for public safety officers who become severely injured in the line of duty. For those qualifying, this benefit goes beyond Worker’s Compensation and provides an injured officer with: his/her full base salary, access to health insurance and state coverage of the officer’s retirement contribution for up to one year.

Each agency must enact a policy within the guidelines set forth in ARS 38-961.

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