The End of Law & Order in California?
- May 23rd, 2019
- Tom Richard
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The California Senate passed SB 542 on Monday by a vote of 33-3, a bill which would create an effectively irrefutable presumption of psyche injury for every Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff and Firefighter in California, with retroactive effect back to January 1, 2017.
There is no question that the bill, if signed into law, would increase psyche Workers’ Compensation (WC) claims and costs for every police and fire department, but it would also likely burden CalPERS and other public pension funds by also effectively giving every safety officer easy access to an industrial disability retirement (IDR). The costs and burdens that SB 542 would assuredly place on the public sector, the taxpayers and and everyone counting on a public pension for retirement may be incalculable.
However, that is the least of our worries. More important than all this is the question of what happens to public safety? Who will be dispatched to fight house fires and answer 911 calls when the police officers and firefighters of California are off on psyche WC claims and IDRs?