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2008 House Bill 5966: Increase juvenile justice employee pension benefits
Introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R) on April 9, 2008 To include Department of Human Services juvenile justice employees in the same Department of Corrections “covered” positions category as prison guards, which makes them eligible for a supplemental pension at age 51 with 25 years on the job, or at age 56 with 10 years. At age 62, these employees begin to receive a straight life pension like those of other state employees. See also the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget, which transfers some justice services to private social service agencies, with some state juvenile justice employees laid off.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Retiree Health Care Reforms Committee on April 9, 2008
Reported in the House on June 5, 2008 With the recommendation that the bill be referred to the Committee on Labor.
Referred to the House Labor Committee on June 5, 2008
Reported in the House on June 10, 2008 Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Miller (D) on September 9, 2008 To only allow the enhanced pension benefits the bill would authorize to employees who actually were in direct contact with detainees for more than half of their work time.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 9, 2008
Passed 66 to 39 in the House on September 9, 2008 (same description)
To include Department of Human Services juvenile justice employees in the same Department of Corrections “covered” positions category as prison guards, which makes them eligible for a supplemental pension at age 51 with 25 years on the job, or at age 56 with 10 years. At age 62, these employees begin to receive a straight life pension like those of other state employees. See also the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget, which transfers some justice services to private social service agencies, with some state juvenile justice employees laid off.
Received in the Senate on September 10, 2008
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 10, 2008

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