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We have just received information that the Division of Banking and Insurance has denied a request from Horizon to utilize American Specialty Health Network to administer Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Acupuncture and Speech Therapy for all Horizon customers both in and out of the State Health Benefits Plan.

The New Jersey State PBA led the initiative to disallow the implementation for three main reasons. First, the belief that the model that would be implemented would restrict access to much needed, non surgical options. Next, to help limit use of opiates for musculoskeletal injuries, which are suffered by our members on a regular basis. The last reason was because of the practices that were outlined in a 2012 consent order involving the network.

This denial does not mean that Horizon cannot make future application for these services and we ask our members to remain vigilant and responsive in our continued effort to protect our health benefits.

The State PBA successfully guided two priority Bill's through the Legislature today.  The movement of the bills, and opposition to several other measures, reflect the State PBA commitment to strengthen the law enforcement for officers at all levels of our profession.

Senate Bill 785, drafted by the State PBA, establishes a fair process and gap training for corrections officers to transition into sheriff officer positions.  The bill was passed in the Assembly during the busy budget voting session with a seldom used emergency vote at our request. The Senate passed the amended bill shortly thereafter and sent it to the Governor. We thank Speaker Coughlin for his leadership in pushing this through today.

Senate Bill 1739, another State PBA initiative, updates the title for county corrections officers to be county correctional police officers.  The bill was added to the voting list at our request and passed by the Assembly.

We were also pleased to support a bill to implement "Mallory's Law" regarding bullying and parental responsibility. The bill is in response to the suicide of Mallory Grossman whose parents have partnered with the PBA to help prevent suicide by children due to bullying. The bill passed the Senate as well today.

There was no movement on bills to implement the pension and benefit reform proposals in the "Pathway to Progress" report. We remain in discussion with the Senate President regarding cost saving measures within the health care industry that would replace proposals to further reduce benefits for law enforcement employees.  The State PBA proposals respect that health care is a collective bargaining right and they equate to hundreds of millions in savings to streamline the delivery and use of health care benefits for our members

Governor Murphy today signed into law a PBA initiated bill to expand the class 3 officer Program.

Under the new law every law enforcement officer eligible for retirement in the PFRS and every retired bi-state and federal officer would be eligible to be appointed as a class 3 officer. The law will go into effect 7 months from today so that the Police Training Commission has the time to develop the appropriate training program for these officers.

The new law also removes the current restrictions on how long an officer can be retired to be eligible. There are now no limits on how long an officer can be retired to be offered a class 3 job. And the law also now limits the off duty work available to class 3 officers by ensuring that all extra duty school assignments be offered first to the full time members of the police department before a class 3 officer can be offered the post. 

We would like to thank the NJ Association of Chiefs of Police for their cooperation and guidance in developing the law. We are grateful to Senator Bucco and Assemblyman Bucco for their sponsorship of the bill and appreciate the governor signing this PBA priority legislation quickly into law.

Brothers and Sisters,

Our veterans are attending our city council meeting at Clifton City Hall @8:00 pm on Tuesday March 19th, 2019.  We are looking for support from our County Conference brothers to attend this very important meeting. The agenda for this meeting will be to stop discrimination against our veterans. Please ask members to attend and wear PBA attire. We will also be selling t-shirts and sweatshirts. All proceeds help our military brothers pay for their attorney’s fees.

Nick Hriczov, President
Clifton PBA Local #36

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Sgt. Richard Lyons
Watchung PBA Local 193

Sergeant Lyons has served with the Watchung Police Department for more than 23 years and last 9 years as a Patrol Sergeant.  In early 2018, Sgt. Lyons was the target of four departmental investigations, three of which resulted in dozens of departmental charges.  These investigations are related to the patrolmen under his charge “idling”, contact with a suspected disabled MV, and completing a patrol log report.  Sgt. Lyons is facing a 1 year 5 day suspension, and demotion which we feel is unwarranted and highly excessive.  Sgt. Lyons’ hearing is scheduled for March 20th, 21st, and 22nd, in Judge Ciccone’s courtroom at Somerset County Superior Court in Somerville, 9:30am to 4:00pm.  Any support would be greatly appreciated!

Brad Sporer, Delegate
Watchung PBA Local 193

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