Surrounded by law enforcement officials from throughout the state, Governor Jeb Bush presented a $13.1 million check to Florida's law enforcement officers on the back steps of the Old Capitol. The $13.1 million check represents the amount of the 8 percent pay increase that more than 32,000 state law enforcement officers, including members of the Florida Highway Patrol, will receive effective October 1, 2000.
"It is my pleasure to present Florida's state law enforcement officers with this check for thirteen million, one hundred fifty five thousand and three dollars, an 8 percent increase in pay, in appreciation from the people of Florida for the jobs they do to protect public safety," Governor Bush said. "As we place greater demands on our law enforcement officers, we should ensure that they are adequately compensated for their courageous efforts."
Governor Bush was joined at the June 6th news conference by top ranking law enforcement officials from throughout the state including Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Tim Moore, Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Fred Dickinson, and Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Last week Governor Bush signed House Bill 2393 and Senate Bill 94 into law, which restore retirement benefits to law enforcement officers, while also correcting a long-standing injustice to Florida's sworn officers by increasing their disability pay. The new laws reinstates the full 3 percent retirement benefit that was previously taken from law enforcement officials and firefighters 15 years ago and raises the disability retirement for special risk officers from 42 percent to 65 percent.