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September 18, 2019

Maine has a MOVE OVER LAW - Do your part to keep Maine's first responders safe. When you see emergency lights: SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER when safe to do so.


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Special Announcement

PTSD is becoming a silent killer among First Responders. This is an issue that has been kept suppressed for so many years, thought of a weakness. It is time we get it out into the open and accept that it is a part of our profession.

MPERS will be starting public hearings on two very important public issues that MAP supported in the last legislative session and proud to announce were passed into law;

1)The inclusion/eligibility of dispatchers to be in the special plans progams for first responders; and,

2) Gives a LEO the ability to purchase service earned with a federal, state, county or local law enforcement agency before becoming a MainePERS member.

MAKE IT A POINT TO ATTEND A HEARING OR SUBMIT YOUR SUPPORT USING THE INFORMATION BELOW!

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
MAINE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
PROPOSED RULEMAKING – CHAPTER 803
DATE:           August 21, 2019
TO:                Employers of the PLD Consolidated Plan
FROM:           Deanna Doyle, PLD Plan Administrator
RE:                Notice of Public Hearing regarding proposed changes to the rule that governs the PLD Consolidated Plan – MainePERS Rule Chapter 803
MainePERS is proposing updates to Rule Chapter 803 to incorporate the provisions of two laws that were enacted during the recent legislative session. These proposed rule amendments are being submitted to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. The purpose of this memo is to explain the proposed amendments and to notify you of the public hearing that will be held as part of the process of amending the rule that governs the Plan.
The two new laws are as follows:
1.   Chapter 364 (L.D. 1395) 
What it does: Permits PLD employers to adopt a special plan for dispatchers.  
Proposed rule: Amend special plan sections of the rule, with the exception of the section governing the 20-year plan, to permit employers to cover their dispatchers by a special plan. 
Exception: The law does not permit the adoption of a plan with an unreduced benefit before 25 years of service at any age in order to avoid a potential IRS plan compliance issue. The proposed rule would likewise not permit an employer to adopt the 20-year plan for dispatchers.  
A copy of this law can be found here.
2.   Chapter 459 (L.D.1400)
What it does: Permits the purchase of service as a law enforcement officer earned with a federal, state, county or local law enforcement agency before becoming a MainePERS member. 
Proposed rule: Amend the rule to do the following:
a)   Establish eligibility to purchase law enforcement service. Specifically, a member must have at least 15 years of creditable service and must provide certification that the service to be purchased has not and will not be used to obtain other retirement benefits to be eligible to purchase up to 4 years of service.
b)   Establish the required contributions for the purchase of service. Specifically, the member must pay the actuarial equivalent of the portion of the benefit based on the service that is purchased.
c)   Establish how service is treated. Specifically, purchased service can be used towards meeting eligibility in the 25-year plans, but cannot be used towards meeting eligibility in the 20-year plan. For the 20-year plan, the purchased service is used towards additional benefits beyond those earned for the years used to qualify for benefits under that plan.
A copy of this law can be found here.
The proposed changes to the rule, along with some adjusted wording on unrelated technical provisions in the rule, will be considered by the MainePERS Board of Trustees through the rulemaking process. The public hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2019. You can find a copy of the rule that highlights the specific changes being proposed by visiting the homepage of our website atwww.mainepers.org where you will find a link to the rule text. If you prefer that we email you a copy of the proposed rule change, please email your request torulemaking@mainepers.org.  
Please share this notice with your employees as no other direct mailing of the hearing notice is going out.
A public hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on September 12, 2019 in the MainePERS Board Room at 139 Capitol Street, Augusta, Maine. Written comments may be submitted via email at rulemaking@mainepers.org or through regular U.S. mail at MainePERS, PO Box 349, Augusta, ME 04332-0349. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2019.




Tom Cole: Tribute to His Brother

Give the Gift of Music and

Help Support the Family of Our Fallen Brother

ORDER HERE

MAP is partnering with Tony Mantor of Plateau Music in Nashville to support the Blue with this tribute to Fallen Somerset County Sheriff's Corporal Eugene Cole. Corporal Cole was viciously murdered in the line of duty on April 25th, 2018 in Norridgewock. 

Gene not only leaves behind his wife of 41 years and four sons and many relatives including his brother Tom but a grieving law enforcement community as well.

The MAP board and its members have been challenged to step up and support Gene and his family in their time of loss. Recently, Tony Mantor, who was born and raised in Skowhegan, brought Tom Cole and members of Gene's family down to Nashville and made it possible for them to record 5 songs written by Gene as a tribute that are now contained in the CD pictured above. The Tracks are;

1. On My Way To Nowhere

2. Room 13

3. Words Can Never Hurt

4. Angel In My Bed

5. Life Without You

In addition, Mantor brought together incredibly talented session musicians from throughout Nashville; many who played with well-known artists you listen to today on top radio charts to help in the effort. It is a testament to what Maine people are all about and a team effort in securing the memory and legacy of Gene Cole. In addition, there is a companion DVD that documents the project and efforts, as well as interviews with Mantor, musicians, members of the Cole family and of course; the making of the music.

Click HERE To Listen To "Life Without You"

Tony Mantor has held strong to his Maine roots and the automatic impulse to help his neighbors and friends. Covering the costs involved with the production, he has put together a set of both the CD and DVD; especially for MAP members and LEO's for a special price of $20.00. With our help, we can ensure that ALL PROCEEDS go to the Cole family to assist them in their needs going forward without Gene. The challenge AND the goal given to us is to rally our members and fellow LEO's throughout the state and sell 500 sets which in addition to previous sales will net the Cole family $15,000.00! 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Quite simply, pledge to buy a CD/DVD Set, or several. Encourage or challenge your fellow members or departments to do the same. We know that we can meet this challenge and it is our hope that we will not only reach our goal of 500 sets but put in an order for more! We are doing this by asking you to PRE-ORDER and PLEDGE to purchase sets through the form below.

The DVDs are in the process of final production and the sets will be sent to MAP when they are done and combined with the CDs. This will allow us to have all sets shipped at once and as MAP will be covering the bulk shipping cost, 100% of your $20 purchase price will go to the Cole family.

HELP US SHOW WHAT MAP HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT. PRE-ORDER AND PLEDGE YOUR $20.00 FOR EACH SET YOU DECIDE TO PURCHASE! HELP SPREAD THE WORD AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. THIS PLEDGE FORM WILL BE ON THE  HOME PAGE AND OPEN TO ALL WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUR CAUSE.

ON BEHALF OF THE MAP'S BOARD, TONY MANTOR AND ESPECIALLY THE COLE FAMILY, YOU HAVE OUR THANKS FOR KEEPING THE FRATERNAL CONCERN FOR OUR BLUE FAMILY.

STAY SAFE AND WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER

TO PRE-ORDER "TOM COLE; TRIBUTE TO HIS BROTHER"

ORDER HERE


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MAP Has "Your SIX"

We are proud to invite our members and supporters to the inaugural Maine Association of Police Podcast; "YOUR SIX"! This is the culmination of a long process of planning, technical assistance and hard work to bring a new level of communication and access to our members throughout the state.
Your SIX will provide our members with topical and current issues affecting our law enforcement profession, including; legal, labor, family and all things related to our fraternal concern. We will be using both audio and video casts with a myriad of guests and topics.

We are very honored to have Randy Sutton, a national speaker, subject expert, and former Las Vegas Metro PD Lieutenant as our first guest. We will be talking about Randy's new national initiative - "The Wounded Blue" and MAP being one of the first to partner and support the effort!

YOUR SIX debuted at NOON TODAY on our Facebook page as well as our website, with the first episode open for public viewing . After this first viewing, this will become a member only accessible service for our loyal members. You can also now view our first episode using the link below.

Stay safe and we have Your SIX!
for more information about Rany Sutton & The Wounded Blue, go to;

Listen to MAP Friends and Supporters Turquoise Willie Honor First Responders

"Over the last several years we have spent time traveling around the country performing from coast to coast. During our time we have gotten to know many first responders and have to become quite close. Thanks to these friendships we have been given a glimpse into their lives and the sacrifices they make every day without question. There have been several tribute songs written throughout the years, but we wanted to take their stories and connect them into a piece of work that acts almost as a mission statement to convey the pride and camaraderie that exists in this international fraternity." 

TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DO THE JOB;, THANK YOU!


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