Annapolis, MD – The murders of two Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies earlier this month has prompted the introduction of a bill before the Maryland General Assembly to extend the length of time for paying death benefits from the state pension system to the children of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.

House Bill 1581, introduced Monday by Harford County’s eight-member delegation, would allow monthly death benefits to be paid to each surviving child until their 26th birthday, instead of 18 as the law currently states, if the officer didn’t have a surviving spouse.