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Bill hopes to solve staffing crisis at Dept. of Corrections

Posted at 1:09 PM, Feb 14, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Today, Senator Kate Bolz introduced a new bill to help improve retention of Nebraska Department of Corrections employees. The bill, LB109, is scheduled to be heard today and would create new pay structures which reward experience and skills gained while on the job.

Senator Bolz said, "It’s clear that to solve our prison staffing crisis and cut long-term training costs to the state, we must do more to keep the employees we’ve already invested in."

A release from Bolz's office said the bill would require three new pay structures to be in place starting 2021/2022 for corrections corporals, sergeants and unit caseworkers.

Bolz said, "By introducing new staffing wage tiers, we can recognize the most experienced and highly trained Department of Corrections employees and incentivize them to stay with the Department throughout their careers."