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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 11, 2012 03:27 PM
From: Representative Kevin Haggerty
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship of Legislation: Re-introduction of buyback of Military service time for members of Fire and Police departments for Cities of the Second Class A (Former HB’s 89 & 90 of 2011-12 session)
 
In the very near future, I plan to re-introduce a legislation package that would remove the three-year time limit (after discharge) to purchase military service time that currently exists only in The City of Scranton, since it is the only City of the Second Class A in the Commonwealth. This legislation was introduced last session by former Representative Kevin Murphy (HB's 89 & 90).

These bills would give Cities of the Second Class A the ability to offer their City employees the option to buy back their military service time without the time limit that is currently in place. The military separation time limit was changed for all other municipalities except for those within Class II A cities (Scranton). This proposed legislation would put the police and fire department employees on equal footing with their counterparts throughout the state.

In light of the police and fire departments’ service to their communities, the City of Scranton and the country, I believe these changes are fair, just and necessary, and correct an inequity that has existed for too long.

If you have any questions on this, please email Steph in my office at shardman@pahouse.net. Thank you.




Document #1

Introduced as HB131

Description:

 

This bill Amends Act 507 of 1947 (relating to regulating police and fire pensions in second class A cities) to address the treatment and purchase of military service by police and firefighters.

It removes the three-year time limit (after discharge) for police and firefighters to purchase military service time. Currently, this limit only exists in the City of Scranton; this military separation time limit was changed for all municipalities, except for those in Class II A cities (Scranton).

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Document #2

Introduced as HB128

Description:

 

This bill amends the Second Class A City Employee Pension Law, Act 167 of 1968, which addresses the treatment and purchase of military service by non-uniformed employees.

It removes the three-year time limit (after discharge) for non-uniformed employees (i.e., persons other than police or firefighters) to purchase military service time. Currently, this limit only exists in the City of Scranton.

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