The New Mexico state legislature voted in committee to move forward a bill that would allow for police department’s across the state to rehire retired police officers to help augment their depleted ranks.
GOP lawmakers pushed the bill through committee along a strict party-line vote, 5-3. The bill will now move onto the entire legislature for consideration.
Critics argued that in rehiring retired police officers there would be the potential for abusive officers to return to the force. Some critics also felt that it was wrong to deal with staffing shortages by turning to the state retirement fund.
Supporters of the bill argue that it will not affect the retirement fund as retired officers brought back to the force, although still receiving benefits, will be paying back into the retirement system while employed. On top of that, they argue, their overall retirement benefits will not change.
Supporters also refute the notion that abusive officers will be rehired, citing a thorough screening process.
You can read more details about the proposal HERE.
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