Amendment to the municipal code limits authority to appoint fire chiefs
SB 2619, which was signed into law in November 2018, expands the list of qualifications and certifications a person must possess in order to be appointed a fire chief, acting chief, department head, or other position responsible for day-to-day operation of a fire department.
Janus v. AFSME Council 31: The aftermath
The Supreme Court held in Janus v. AFSME Council 31 that the mandatory collection of agency fees is a violation of the First Amendment rights of public employees who do not wish to belong to a union.
Uncuff the fire and police pension funds
In the event that the attempt at consolidation of downstate fire and police pension funds fails to become law, there is a substantial possibility that reamortization would be the only relief available.