Snow covers the park in front of the State House in Augusta on Wednesday Dec. 29, 2021. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

AUGUSTA, Maine  — The Maine Legislature will consider proposals to extend special retirement benefits to more public employees.

The proposals, from Democratic Sens. Craig Hickman and Bill Diamond, would provide the benefits to employees in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory and the Maine Department of Public Safety Computer Crimes Unit.

The employees would be able to participate in the 1998 Special Retirement Plan. That plan allows some public employees to retire at age 55 when they have 10 years of creditable service, the lawmakers said.

The lawmakers introduced the bills on Jan. 19 and they will face consideration in committee.

Hickman said employees of the medical examiner’s office “deserve recognition for their dedication and hard work.” Diamond said the difficult nature of crime lab and computer crimes work can take a toll on workers and they deserve credit for their service.