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Man cited for paying $25 bill in all pennies

VERNAL — A Utah man has been cited on a charge of disorderly conduct after paying for a disputed medical bill with 2,500 pennies.

The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports Jason West went to Basin Clinic in Vernal on May 27 prepared to dispute an outstanding $25 bill.

Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell says that after asking staff members whether they accepted cash, Mr. West dumped 2,500 pennies on the counter and demanded that staff count them. Assistant Chief Campbell says the incident upset staff because pennies were strewn about the counter and floor, and Mr. West’s action served “no legitimate purpose.”

Police later issued the 38-year-old Mr. West a citation for disorderly conduct. That carries a fine of as much as $140. Or 14,000 pennies.

WISCONSIN

Budget panel targets police, fire benefits

MADISON — Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers reopened the fight over collective bargaining rights Friday, proposing new police and firefighters pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

The change, approved by the Republican-controlled budget committee on an 11-4 party line vote, would force some police and firefighters to make the same contributions toward their benefits as other public workers under a bill pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and passed by the Legislature in March.

The measure, which also took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers, was voided by a circuit court judge last month and hasn’t taken effect. The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday as to whether it should take the case and allow the law to be enacted.

The Legislature is also considering passing the law again as part of the budget in case the court fails to act or strikes down the law.

From wire dispatches and staff reports