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2008 House Bill 5966: Increase juvenile justice employee pension benefits
  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. Passed 66 to 39 in the House on September 9, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on September 10, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 10, 2008.