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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 33 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 33

(By Senators Foster, Unger and Jenkins)


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the creation of a new retirement system for correctional officers employed by the State of West Virginia.

Whereas, Correctional officers are dedicated to enhancing public safety and providing services and responsiveness to victims of crime; and
Whereas, Correctional officers provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system that includes an effective community supervision program and opportunities to prepare offenders for successful reentry into society; and
Whereas, Correctional officers face stressful and dangerous situations on a regular basis; and
Whereas, Correctional officers for the federal Bureau of Prisons who have completed 20 years of service in a position covered by "hazardous duty" law-enforcement retirement provisions are eligible to retire at age 50; and
Whereas, Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Juvenile Services employees are currently members of the Public Employees Retirement System; and
Whereas, Correctional officers may benefit from the creation of a retirement system that considers the risks and work environment associated with their job duties; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the creation of a new retirement system for correctional officers employed by the State of West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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