Maryland Death Benefits Legislation Moves Forward

Legislation that would extend death benefits to the two sons of slain Harford County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, until each reaches age 26, passed second reading in the House of Delegates Tuesday and is expected to receive final passage Wednesday morning.

From there the legislation will move to the State Senate where swift passage is expected by one of its sponsors.

House Bill 1581, sponsored by Harford County’s eight delegates, received a favorable report and was sent to the floor Friday by the House Appropriations Committee. The panel held a hearing on the bill March 1, during which County Executive Barry Glassman and two Sheriff’s Office representatives testified in support of the measure.

The bill would extend from 18 to 26 the age at which surviving children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of can receive death benefits available through the state pension system, if there is no surviving spouse. The benefits are calculated at two-thirds of the officer’s highest average salary and are payable monthly.

Senior Deputy Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon were shot to death in the line of duty in Abingdon on Feb. 10 by a man who was subsequently fatally shot by police. The legislation has been named in their honor.

Senior Deputy Dailey, who was 52 and divorced, is survived by sons, Tyler, 17, and Bryan, 20. According to Impallaria, who is friendly with the Dailey family, the sons were living with their father at the time of his death and were dependent on him for support. DFC Logsdon, who was 43, is survived by his wife and three children.

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