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Lawmakers consider proposal overhauling injury pay law

April 3, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee is considering a proposal that would overhaul a law the governor says has allowed a disproportionate number of sheriffs to remain out of work while collecting tax-free pay in full.

Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase told senators Tuesday there are currently 24 state employees collecting injured-on-duty benefits, and 18 are sheriffs.

Sheriffs provide security at state courthouses.

WPRI-TV reports the state cannot fill an injured-on-duty employee’s position while they are on leave, which has resulted in a strain on court staffing.

Officials previously said injured sheriffs have collected more than $5 million in benefits and some have been out for longer than eight years.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal includes changes that officials say would close loopholes in the injured-on-duty law.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com