Bill on double-dipping headed back to table
By John Zaremba
Friday, July 6, 2012 - Updated 18 hours ago
E-mail Print (8) Comments Text size Share Gov. Deval Patrick’s bill to stop public retirees from padding their pensions with jobless pay will be back on the table next week, when the lawmakers whose committee is considering the proposal meet to discuss it and other stalled legislation.
Sen. William Brownsberger and Rep. John Scibak plan to meet next week to discuss pending matters before the Legislature’s Committee on Public Service, which held a hearing on Patrick’s bill in April.
“I hope we’ll do something broader and stronger,” Brownsberger said.
Scibak said:“Ideally, it’s an issue that has to be addressed. I’d like to have it addressed one time and one time only, as opposed to doing something and saying we should be doing something more.”
Patrick filed the bill in March and created a special panel to reform unemployment-pay laws after a series of Herald reports and a desperate plea for help written by Lynnfield’s town administrator.
The reports and the letter were centered on the case of Hartley Boudreau, a retired Lynnfield cop who worked paid details, then filed for unemployment — and won — after reaching the income cap set in his pension. A labor department official upheld Boud-reau’s claim last week.