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Gov. McAuliffe Signs Approval to Overhaul Line of Duty Act

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Governor Terry McAuliffe speaking at a ceremonial bill signing Governor Terry McAuliffe speaking at a ceremonial bill signing
RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) -

Governor Terry McAuliffe held a ceremonial bill signing to mark an overhaul to Virginia's Line of Duty Act.

Thursday afternoon, the Democratic governor gathered with public safety officials and the Republican lawmaker who sponsored the bill this year.

This legislation ensures continued financial support for the families of public workers who are killed on the job.

In addition to covering their health insurance or other benefits, this will also support the workers who are injured while in the line of duty.

"In Virginia, we also recognize that when a public safety officer is killed in the line of duty that we have an obligation. We have an obligation to the spouse and to the dependents," said the governor.

McAuliffe says there will be many complex changes to the way this system is managed, so it won't take effect until July 2017.

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