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The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act was signed into law in 1976, and it codified a means for the families of fallen law enforcement officers to file claims with the Department of Justice for financial assistance.
The widow of a Boston Police officer has been fighting the state for accidental death benefits for 13 years since her husband's death from Hepatitis C.
The proposed cut was tucked away in a list of state laws, known as mandates, that would be suspended if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest budget revisions are adopted. It would have saved California $1 million.