Mayfield’s bill helping reserve police officers heads to governor

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, April 10, 2017 4:10 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) bill providing benefits to reserve officers in the state could soon be law.

According to Mayfield, it isn’t mandatory for reserve officers to be provided medical coverage or be compensated for loss of income if injured while on duty. Under her proposal, coverage for medical expenses, loss of income and other benefits would be provided to reserve officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.

“Reserve officers are dedicated volunteers who are trained to perform law enforcement duties and typically maintain full-time jobs as well,” Mayfield said. “These individuals sacrifice their free time to keep their communities safe, and deserve to be compensated if they are injured.”

House Enrolled Act 1555 now heads to the governor for consideration.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60, which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties and is the Asst. Majority Floor Leader. She serves as a member of Ways and Means, Insurance and Public Policy committees.