Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Dougherty (Hubbard)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Crime
Prevention and Public Safety by a vote of 15 to 0 with 1 present.

This substitute increases by $1,500 the maximum amount of
compensation payable to St. Louis police officers.

The substitute also creates the Police Chiefs' and Officers'
Annuity Fund which will be funded by member contributions of $20
per month and a $7 surcharge in all criminal cases, including
infractions and ordinances.  The surcharge will not be assessed
when the costs are waived or are paid by the state, a county, or
a municipality.  A six-member board of police officers and police
chiefs will oversee the fund; hire an executive director; and
contract for the services of an actuary, investment counsel, and
certified public accountant.  The fund will make payments of $500
per month for five years to eligible members.  The substitute
specifies the terms of eligibility and how creditable service is
determined.  Eligible members can start drawing the annuity five
years after its creation.  An eligible member's estate or
designated beneficiary may receive a death benefit of $10,000.

The substitute also allows the board of trustees for the St.
Louis Police Retirement System to establish a quorum with six
board members and requires a simple majority vote of the board
members present for any official action.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds in FY 2005, FY 2006, and
FY 2007.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that because the St. Louis Police
Department is under the control of the General Assembly, the
legislature must approve of any changes to the police pay grid.
The bill simply allows the maximum salary amounts on the pay grid
to be increased.  It doesn't require that any raises be given.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Dougherty; and St. Louis
Police Officers Association.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Richard Smreker, Senior Legislative Analyst

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