Ga. bill would let black officers recover lost years in pension plan

Copyright 2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
Black police officers who were shut out of a pension fund, some for almost 30 years, because of discrimination moved closer Wednesday to being able to recoup their lost years in the retirement plan.

The House Retirement Committee passed a bill that would let any active police officer who worked before 1976 buy time in the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefits fund. The measure could soon be debated by the full House.

The fund was created in 1950, but many black police officers and sheriff's deputies say they were shut out of it because of their race until the 1970s.

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