Governor Vetoes Bill Because It Would Give Disability Benefits To Officers

Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Gov. Newsom vetoed a bill that would have extended disability coverage to SROs.

Sacramento, CA – As one of his last actions of the 2019 legislative session, California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill on Sunday that would have extended temporary disability coverage to school resource officers.

California Assembly Bill 346 was passed unanimously by the state assembly and state senate and would have given police officers who work in the school a paid leave of absence if they were disabled on the job, according to Business Insurance.

The current law extends disability coverage to certain peace officers, firefighters, and other specified state and local public employees, but not school resource officers.

Under AB 346, school resource officers would also be entitled to a leave of absence, without loss of salary, in lieu of temporary disability payments if they are disabled by injury or illness as a result of doing their jobs.

Labor unions and law enforcement groups supported AB 346 and argued that school resource officers put themselves in harm’s way when they respond to school shootings and other gun violence situations on campuses, WorkersCompensation.com reported.

Supporters said that school resource officers should be entitled to the same wage protection as firefighters and other public employees who work in the schools.

But on Oct. 13, despite overwhelming bipartisan support, California’s governor quietly vetoed AB 346.

“While I appreciate the Legislature’s intent, and do not take lightly the important public service provided by police officers in educational settings, this bill would significantly expand 4850 benefits that can be negotiated locally through the collective bargaining process,” Newsome wrote in his explanation when he returned the bill to the state assembly unsigned.

“Many local school districts face financial stress, and the addition of a well-intentioned but costly benefit should be left to local entities that are struggling to balance their priorities,” the governor wrote.

His missive acknowledged that “local entities,” such as law enforcement agencies are struggling but refused to make the school resource officers protecting the state’s students a financial priority.

Newsom’s veto had the support of the Association of California School Administrators, cities and counties, and the California Coalition on Workers' Compensation, according to WorkersCompensation.com.

Those groups complained about the cost of extending the disability coverage to school resource officers.

“Local agencies typically fund workers' compensation costs out of their general fund, and every dollar spent on special enhanced benefits must come from somewhere,” they argued, WorkersCompensation.com reported.

Comments (110)
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tfort
tfort

Well, we saw in Florida how the cops show up and just stand outside. It doesn’t matter what legislature bites on, the governor represents and works for the people.

BOB.DENVER
BOB.DENVER

They have all sorts of money for illegal immigrants, yet there is not enough money for this? Politicians, even in California, are supposed to represent their constituents.

jrm 1607
jrm 1607

They should walk off the job.

Woobie46
Woobie46

www.recallgavinnow.com MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Papa Smurf 5227
Papa Smurf 5227

Just another way to show his NON support of LEO's. Everyone of the law enforcement society assigned to him should not show up for duty. Blue Flu!! Then he can cover himself.

thansley330
thansley330

This guy is a real assclown

robocop95
robocop95

SRO’s need to walk away and tell that state to go f itself

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If everyone doesn't have that benefit, then certainly cops shouldn't be the only ones with it.

JBo
JBo

As soon as I read the headline...I knew the state.

barbwhit88
barbwhit88

Newsom's veto of this bill show yet again that he will ignore the people of California's voice and now he silences the voice of the elected officials that are the people's ability to use a voice. Newsom has used his standard and not the people of the state's standard. Just like the death penalty he reduced to mean nothing.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Governor Gruesome gives everything away for free, even to non-citizens of this country! But won’t take care of the people protecting our kids. How do you think they feel? Abandoned & disrespected maybe? His priorities are so backwards and the sad part is he doesn’t even know it. Sign the recall petition before he screws up anything else!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Since the bill had been passed unanimously by both the House and Senate, it should be trivial to override his veto.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another hug-a-thug, bleeding heart, police hating, liberal so called politician "hard" at work. Calicrazy!👎

Woobie46
Woobie46

go to www.recallgavinnow.com and get a petition. I suppose you have to live in CA to sign, but anyone with friends or family there should get the word out!

magnumforc
magnumforc

Newsom is the dumbest SOB California ever had as governor. He has his own agenda without regard to what anyone else wants or votes on. He needs to go.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

I’m fairly confident that this Governor does not hear the word “no” too often when it comes to his professional perks. Someones sure gonna lose their champagne brunches, but no freakin way is it gonna be him.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Recall, you dumbasses allowed him and his kind to be elected in the first place. You support the frickin Socialists in power because you think they will support LEO's. These assholes don't care about us.

BD54
BD54

Just another reason why unions have become counterproductive. Too many government officials use them as an excuse to not do their jobs.

61mouse
61mouse

Raggy Andy in NYS will follow suit

Sammyboy2018
Sammyboy2018

Democrat?

pixiepup
pixiepup

Gee how did I know this would be in California! They care about everything but the police!

JG001
JG001

This crap is happening all over the country. I really question why anyone would want to be a police officer.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

What a complete jerk!!!! Glad he's not our Governor, he's made terrific strides since being in officer to be nothing but a complete moron!!! In the words of my late mother, "he's as worthless as tits on a boar hog!"

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

What’s really funny is the illegals are coming here for freedom & wanting to vote for these idiots because they are fighting to keep them! Well surprise! If they are voted into office the illegals will be begging to go home because once they are in office the US will be the same as the country they’re running from!

investigator
investigator

California needs to be dumped into the ocean.

Cobem
Cobem

He has no concern for anyone. He only cares about filling his state with illegal aliens and destroying the state. All School Resource Officers should just stand down. He has no concern for the students in his schools so why should they.

1984
1984

The governor would rather use the money he saved to give healthcare to illegal aliens.....

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

He prefers pandering to illegal aliens that should have limited rights in our sovereign nation versus law enforcement that protects his political ass as he travels throughout kalifornia..... Only in a Prog's mind does that make sense....

JSutter
JSutter

The Florida school incident was a result of enforced Dept policy & procedure. It’s a tragedy that it took that shooting to change the command staff. Our most sincere thank you to the Officers who did go in to engage the shooter.

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

That bill needed to pass, less hope, he never needs the cops to protect him.🤬

Janken
Janken

This guy will pay billions of dollars to illegals and wont give our officers compensation if hurt. This guy needs to get in trouble and the police ignore his call for help. He is a bag of you know what. The Dems are really losing their priority ways. They think cow tailing to illegals they will be voted in. Well when illegals become citizens and they see the dems act like what they came from. it won't work

EyeintheSky
EyeintheSky

This guy is ridiculous...heaven help his ass if he ever needs law enforcement. He gives to people out of the country and he is suppose to be working for the state of California, and makes more $$ than any other governor. No. You need to help the people that keep your ass safe.