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Fire, Police, and Rescue Benefits: More Local Control

(3/1/14) A new Wisconsin bill would give communities more of a say over the disability benefits for their police, fire, and rescue personnel. 

That's after the Journal Sentinel found that at least five Milwaukee police officers had duty disability benefits approved while they were under disciplinary investigations.  Some of the cases ended with discipline while others didn't -- and the five officers received 948-thousand dollars in disability pay as of last summer.  Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend says he's heard of other such problems around the state -- and he hopes his bill would address some of the more egregious ones.  Emergency personnel still have collective bargaining privileges under the state's Act-10.  Grothman's bill would allow officials to have more control over things like eligibility rules for duty-disability. 

 

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