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March 6, 2012 Published in From Richmond, Top Stories

General Assembly Passes Petersen’s Bill To Improve Police, Firefighter Benefits

Today, the full General Assembly passed Senator Chap Petersen's bill (SB171) to permit localities the flexibility to improve retirement benefit packages for first responders such as police, fire fighters, EMS personnel and correctional employees.  The Senate voted on February 3rd to pass the original bill by a vote of 38-0.  The House of Delegates passed a substitute version of the bill, 97-0, which was agreed to today by the Senate.

Many localities, particularly towns and cities, initially included first responders in their VRS contribution rates in order to establish pension benefit stability. Today, many of these localities need to change their first responder pension benefits in order to continue to attract talented personnel.

 

Senator Petersen:

"SB 171 is a common-sense measure which will give flexibility to the 64 small jurisdictions, including Fairfax City, which cover firefighters, EMT's, police, and correctional employees in their VRS plans.  As a result of this bill, smaller localities – like the larger cities and counties – will be able to provide enhanced benefits to uniformed personnel in high-stress positions.  Essentially, this bill will allow these localities to give competitive benefits so they can continue to hire qualified individuals."

 

Any localities that elect to use the options available in SB 171 will bear the full cost of any additional funding.  The bill now moves on to the Governor.

The localities that currently could take advantage of this option for VRS contribution requirements for first responders include:

 

CITY OF FAIRFAX

CITY OF ALEXANDRIA

ACCOMACK COUNTY

FAUQUIER COUNTY

TOWN OF WYTHEVILLE

TOWN OF ABINGDON

TOWN OF SOUTH HILL

TOWN OF BLUEFIELD

TOWN OF TAZEWELL

BEDFORD COUNTY

CARROLL COUNTY

TOWN OF BLACKSTONE

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

TOWN OF LEBANON

TOWN OF BERRYVILLE

TOWN OF CHASE CITY

TOWN OF TAPPAHANNOCK

TOWN OF WEST POINT

TOWN OF CLARKSVILLE

PAGE COUNTY

TOWN OF GORDONSVILLE

TOWN OF SALTVILLE

TOWN OF WAVERLY

CLARKE COUNTY

RICHMOND COUNTY

TOWN OF CREWE

TOWN OF HALIFAX

TOWN OF KENBRIDGE

TOWN OF LAWRENCEVILLE

TOWN OF LOUISA

TOWN OF PENNINGTON GAP

TOWN OF SHENANDOAH

TOWN OF ST. PAUL

TOWN OF WEBER CITY

TOWN OF WINDSOR

PULASKI COUNTY

TOWN OF GRUNDY

TOWN OF JONESVILLE

TOWN OF MT JACKSON

TOWN OF ONANCOCK

TOWN OF CRAIGSVILLE

TOWN OF ONLEY

TOWN OF BLACKSBURG

TOWN OF BROOKNEAL

TOWN OF EDINBURG

TOWN OF HAYSI

TOWN OF INDEPENDENCE

TOWN OF LA CROSSE

TOWN OF PARKSLEY

TOWN OF QUANTICO

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY

TOWN OF BOYDTON

TOWN OF BOYKINS

TOWN OF BRODNAX

TOWN OF BURKEVILLE

TOWN OF CAPE CHARLES

TOWN OF COURTLAND

TOWN OF DUBLIN

TOWN OF GLASGOW

TOWN OF PEMBROKE

TOWN OF RICH CREEK

TOWN OF RURAL RETREAT

TOWN OF STANLEY

TOWN OF WARRENTON

 

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