Legislative Goals

2019-2020 GSRA Goals and Objectives

 

Click HERE to view letter and HERE to view questionnaire sent to Legislators by GSRA President Jim Sommerville 

 

Great beginning in achieving one of GSRA's legislative goals! HB 821 is passed out of committee on 2/4/20.

 

HB 821 by our champion Rep. Debbie Buckner, with Rep. Gerald Greene as sponsor, would remove the restrictions against the granting of COLAs for GSEPS members, as well as for members of the legislative and judicial retirement systems. Click HERE to view the video.

 

In the video below of today's proceedings, Rep. Buckner introduces HB 821 9:25 into the video. In responding to Rep. Chuck Martin's question, ERS Director Jim Potvin clearly explains the restrictions on ERS board awarding COLAs based on its guidelines beginning at 14:50. And GSRA president Jim Sommerville speaks to the bill from 17:20 to 23:20. Rep. Greene seconded a do-pass motion from Rep. Patty Bentley, and the bill passed unanimously.

 

 

 

GSRA’s specific outcomes for the 2019 legislative session:

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GSRA’s specific outcomes for the 2018 legislative session are to:

 

  1. Enhance ERS Retirees Benefits by:

 

  1. Providing $76.05 million of state funds ($117 million total including federal matching funds) in the FY 2019 Budget to provide a 1% COLA to ERS retirees beginning on July 1, 2018.

 

  1. Seeking legislative affirmation that the ERS Board is authorized to add annually a percentage of a minimum of .45% to the ADEC (Actuarially Determined Employer Contribution) to help pay down the unfunded liability of the ERS retirement fund.

 

  1. Attain a 3% pay raise for all active state employees and teachers.

 

  1. Maintain SHBP benefits at the current level with minimal increased cost (both premiums and out of pocket expenses).

 

  1. Support passage of legislation that protects against surprise medical billing for patients when receiving medical care from an in-network provider in an in-network facility even if other medical personnel may be out-of-network contract employees.
 
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