For immediate release:
Feb. 4, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation coauthored by Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) that helps secure public safety pensions.
The proposal provides that a police officer or firefighter who has been employed full-time with more than one department is entitled credit for all years of service in each place of employment.
“This bill ensures pension portability for our firefighters and police officers to get their full pensions, even if they have moved from one district to another,” said Moed.
Moed also stated that the bill would save local police and fire departments money and would speed up the hiring process.
The legislation applies to those who participate in the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension & Disability Fund, and it is supported by the Indiana Association of Fire Chiefs, the Indiana Association of Police, the Professional Firefighters Union, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
According to Moed, this bill is about giving back to those who serve Indiana communities.
“These men and women have risked their lives for keep Hoosiers safe,” he said. “This is a way of thanking them.”
House Bill 1561 passed through the House with a vote of 93-0, and will now advance to the Senate for further consideration.