On Sunday, Governor Newsom vetoed A.B 346, which would have made minor changes to the states’ workers compensation system. This minor change would have greatly benefited California school district police officers. Currently, state law provides that most peace officers and firefighters are entitled to a leave of absence without loss of salary when disabled by an on the job injury or illness. However, for a large number of police officers employed by school districts this is simply not the case.
|Assemblyman Jim Cooper|
Assemblyman Jim Cooper sought to fix this glaring problem. His bill, which passed unanimously in both the California Assembly and Senate, would have added police officers employed by a school district, county office of education or community college to the list of public employees entitled to a full pay leave of absence if disabled through the course of employment.
Despite the Governor’s Veto, Assemblyman Cooper is expected to re-introduce the legislation next session.