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Sen. John Albers Leads Passage of Legislation Enhancing Retirement Benefits for First Responders

Thursday, Sen. John Albers (R – Roswell) presented two bills which will provide greater retirement benefits for Georgia’s Firefighters and Peace Officers. Senate Bill 248 and Senate Bill 249, which both received favorable passage in the Senate, would increase the monthly retirement benefits payable to members of the Georgia Firefighters Pension Fund and The Georgia Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund, respectively.

“Georgia’s firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders put their own personal safety at risk each day to protect our lives and property, and are well deserving of their reputation as ‘The Finest and Bravest,” said Sen. Albers. “The very least we can do to show our appreciation for the work of these brave men and women is to ensure that they and their families are able to enjoy a safe and secure retirement. The passage of these bills will put these public servants on the right track to a stable retirement and I am pleased that they received overwhelming support by the Senate. While this is an important step, we will never stop fighting for our public safety community and I look forward to working on additional legislation in support of Georgia’s first responders.  As a fourth generation firefighter, I could not be more proud to support my brothers and sisters serving our communities.”

SB 248 would increase the monthly retirement benefits payable to retired members of the Georgia Firefighters’ Pension Fund.

SB 249 would increase the benefits to members of the Georgia Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. Additionally SB 248 would include jail officers as eligible members of the Fund and would increase the monthly contribution amount.

You can read the full text of SB 248 here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/SB/248

You can reach the full text of SB 249 here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/SB/249

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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee.  He represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of North Fulton and Cherokee counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at john.albers@senate.ga.gov.