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Bill proposal would give communities more control over duty-disability benefits

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new Wisconsin bill would give communities more of a say over the disability benefits for their police, fire, and rescue personnel.

That's after the Journal Sentinel found that at least five Milwaukee police officers had duty disability benefits approved while they were under disciplinary investigations.

Some of the cases ended with discipline while others didn't -- and the five officers received $948,000 in disability pay as of last summer.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend says he's heard of other such problems around the state -- and he hopes his bill would address some of the more egregious ones.

Emergency personnel still have collective bargaining privileges under the state's Act 10. Grothman's bill would allow officials to have more control over things like eligibility rules for duty-disability.

With just over a month to go in the current session, Grothman admits he's being late with this -- but he still plans to give it a hearing in the Senate's labor committee which he chairs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)