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First Substitute H.B. 121

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM by jeyring. -->

Representative Lee B. Perry proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
DISABLED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah State Personnel Management Act by amending provisions
             10      related to leave of absence benefits for a law enforcement officer who is disabled in the
             11      line of duty.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    provides that a law enforcement officer or state correctional officer shall be given a
             16      leave of absence with 100% of the officer's salary and benefits until the officer
             17      retires or reaches the retirement age of 62 years if the officer sustains an injury:
             18              .    that results in a total disability;
             19              .    while in the lawful discharge of the officer's duty; and
             20              .    that is the result of an aircraft, vehicle, or vessel accident and the officer was not
             21      negligent in causing the accident;
             22          .    clarifies that an eligible officer's 100% salary benefit for a line-of-duty disability is
             23      offset by certain other benefits or payments defined by Department of Human
             24      Resource Management rules; and
             25          .    makes technical changes.


             26      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          None
             28      Other Special Clauses:
             29          None
             30      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             31      AMENDS:
             32          67-19-27, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 366
             33     
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 67-19-27 is amended to read:
             36           67-19-27. Leave of absence with pay for employees with a disability who are
             37      covered under other civil service systems.
             38          (1) As used in this section:
             39          (a) "Eligible officer" means a person who qualifies for a benefit under this section.
             40          [(a)] (b) (i) "Law enforcement officer" means a sworn and certified peace officer who
             41      is an employee of a law enforcement agency that is part of or administered by the state, and
             42      whose primary and principal duties consist of the prevention and detection of crime and the
             43      enforcement of criminal statutes of this state.
             44          (ii) "Law enforcement officer" specifically includes the following:
             45          (A) the commissioner of public safety and any member of the Department of Public
             46      Safety certified as a peace officer;
             47          (B) all persons specified in Sections 23-20-1.5 and 79-4-501 ;
             48          (C) investigators for the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division;
             49          (D) special agents or investigators employed by the attorney general;
             50          (E) employees of the Department of Natural Resources designated as peace officers by
             51      law;
             52          (F) the executive director of the Department of Corrections and any correctional
             53      enforcement or investigative officer designated by the executive director and approved by the
             54      commissioner of public safety and certified by the division; and
             55          (G) correctional enforcement, investigative, or adult probation and parole officers
             56      employed by the Department of Corrections serving on or before July 1, 1993.


             57          [(b)] (c) "State correctional officer" means a correctional officer as defined in Section
             58      53-13-104 who is employed by the Department of Corrections.
             59          (2) (a) [Each] A law enforcement officer H. [ , ] or .H state correctional officer H. [ ,
             59a      operator license
             60      examiner, commercial license examiner, or Driver License Division hearing examiner
] .H
who is
             61      injured in the course of employment shall be given a leave of absence with [full pay] 100% of
             62      the officer's regular monthly salary and benefits during the period the employee has a
             63      temporary disability.
             64          [(b) This compensation is in lieu of all other compensation provided by law except
             65      hospital and medical services that are provided by law.]
             66          (b) The benefit provided under Subsection (2)(a):
             67          (i) shall be offset as provided under Subsection (4); and
             68          (ii) may not exceed 100% of the officer's regular monthly salary and benefits, including
             69      all offsets required under Subsection (4).
             70          (3) (a) [Each] A law enforcement officer or state correctional officer who has a [100%]
             71      total disability [through a criminal act upon the law enforcement officer's person while in the
             72      lawful discharge of the law enforcement officer's duties,] as defined in Section 49-21-102 , shall
             73      be given a leave of absence with [full compensation] 100% of the officer's regular monthly
             74      salary and benefits until the [law enforcement] officer [retires] is eligible for an unreduced
             75      retirement under Title 49, Utah State Retirement and Insurance Benefit Act, or reaches the
             76      retirement age of 62 years[.], whichever occurs first, if:
             77          (i) the disability is a result of an injury sustained while in the lawful discharge of the
             78      officer's duties; and
             79          (ii) the injury is the result of:
             80          (A) a criminal act upon the officer; or
             81          (B) an aircraft, vehicle, or vessel accident and the officer was not negligent in causing
             82      the accident.
             83          (b) The benefit provided under Subsection (3)(a):
             84          (i) shall be offset as provided under Subsection (4); and
             85          (ii) may not exceed 100% of the officer's regular monthly salary and benefits, including
             86      all offsets required under Subsection (4).
             87          (4) (a) The agency shall reduce or require the reimbursement of the monthly benefit


             88      provided under this section by any amount received by, or payable to, the eligible officer for
             89      the same period of time during which the eligible officer is entitled to receive a monthly
             90      disability benefit under this section.
             91          (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             92      department shall make rules establishing policies and procedures for the reductions required
             93      under Subsection (4)(a).


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