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Cuccinelli supports officers fight for overtime pay

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 He is the author of the law that requires municipalities to begin paying their police officers at an earlier rate than what the federal government requires. So it is not a surprise that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli supports a series of lawsuits filed across the Commonwealth by those police officers to receive back pay from localities that have ignored the law.

Rachel DePompa first broke the story on NBC12 in October.  We followed up with a lengthy interview with the Attorney General to find out why he wrote the law in the first place, and what he thought about the decision of local governments not to follow that law.

As you might imagine,  Cuccinelli had a very strong opinion.

Here is my story from NBC12:

 RICHMOND (WWBT)- He is the author of a law that many local governments have ignored and may now be forced to pay back millions in overtime.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has no regrets about writing the law that requires municipalities to pay overtime to police officers at an earlier rate than what the federal government requires.

He also is not surprised that some local leaders have chosen to ignore the law.

“The biggest lawbreaker in America is government,” said Cuccinelli.

That’s right, Virginia’s Attorney General doesn’t believe there is a misunderstanding, or a question about the law, he believes places like Richmond and Henrico knew their police officers were entitled to overtime pay at a certain rate and chose to ignore the law.

“There is a state law in place and there is a backstop of accountability,” said Cuccinelli.  “But that local government is going to be driven up to the backstop and the way that happens is in court.”

That is why Cuccinelli supports police officers fighting for their back pay.  He believes prior to the law, Virginia had a patchwork of standards that allowed police officers to be taken advantage of.

“We’ve set policy for employees in Virginia and the policy is frankly is not much different than saying everybody is going to be treated equally,” Cuccinelli said.

read and see the rest of the story on NBC12.com.

You can see an extended clip from Cuccinelli on this topic below:

Written by Ryan Nobles

November 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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