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Overtime pay may factor in state retirement benefits

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

A Senate committee will consider bills aimed at allowing overtime pay to factor into retirement payments.  WSFA 12 News was the first to report last year on an opinion by Attorney General Luther Strange that found that overtime pay could not be considered "earnable compensation" for the purposes of calculating retirement benefits.  The ruling left many public employees, including law enforcement officers outraged.

The State House unanimously passed a bill on the issue on Tuesday.  It covers not only law enforcement, but all employees eligible for overtime and covered by the Employees Retirement System.

This also includes local law enforcement covered by the plan.

"We're taking them back, making them whole, and there's some lawsuits out there, so this is a way of avoiding those lawsuits, hopefully," said Rep. Jay Love, R-Montgomery.

The Attorney General said he welcomes the bill and applauded the House for passing it so quickly.  Two separate Senate bills will also be considered by the Senate Finance and General Fund Committee.

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