Widows to speak at hearing on police insurance bill

Widows to speak at hearing on police insurance bill

Widows of three Wisconsin police officers killed on duty are slated to speak on a bipartisan bill that would require municipalities to pay health insurance premiums for slain officers’ immediate survivors.

Ashley Birkholz, Kara Weiland and Charlette Nenning will address the Senate judiciary committee Tuesday.

Craig Birkholz, a Fond du Lac officer, was shot in standoff in 2011. Jason Weiland, an Everest Metro detective, was killed during a shooting spree in Wausau in 2017. LeRoy Nennng, a Sheboygan County sheriff’s lieutenant, was hit by a car in 2004 at the scene of a vehicle fire.

The bill would require municipalities to cover premiums for slain officers’ spouses and children. The state would reimburse the locals from a public safety fee that communication providers and wireless retailers collect from customers.

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