Legislation

Summary

Updated  5/18/2021

On Monday, the Legislature completed the Regular Session's thirtieth and final legislative day and adjourned sine die.

The House concurred with the Senate changes to HB93. As amended, HB93 would allow sick leave conversion for TRS Tier II members and would increase the member contribution rate to 6.2%. The bill has been sent to the Governor for signature.

The House and Senate both adopted the conference committee report on the General Fund budget. The budget has also been sent to the Governor for signature.

Bill Chart

House Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
HB79/Pettusn/aProvides State Police retirement benefits to all employees of ALEA who perform law enforcement duties and modifies State Police Tier II benefits to allow 25-year retirement and to provide hazardous duty time.Read Second Time in Second House; Pending Third Reading.
HB81/Pettusn/aAllows use of hazardous duty time to calculate years of service for in-service death benefits for firefighters, law enforcement officers, and correctional officers.Enacted. Act 2021-270.
HB93/BakerSB51/Chesteen

Modifies TRS Tier II by allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, and increasing the employee contribution to 6.75%. Provides Option 2 benefits to beneficiaries of retirement-eligible members who die in active service. Amended in Senate F&TE to allow sick leave conversion only and to increase the member rate to 6.2%.

F&TE Amendment

Pending Governor’s Signature.
HB119/IngramSB79/GudgerAdds two board seats to the ERS Board, one for an elected active county employee and one for an elected active or retired local employee, and converts the two elected active local seats to one for active city employees and one for active local board employees.Read Second Time in House of Origin.
HB159/Mooren/aProvides for a process to waive the earning limitations for retirees that return to work for a K12 employer in a teaching or support personnel position that the employer has been otherwise unable to fill.Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading; Pending Consideration by House Ways and Means Education.
HB193/Alexandern/aProposes a constitutional amendment to allow City of Bessemer elected officials to participate in ERS.Read First Time in Second House; Pending Consideration by Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund.
HB264/Ingramn/aModifies ERS Tier II by allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, providing hazardous duty time for FLC members, and increasing the regular employee contribution to 6.75% and the FLC employee contribution to 8%.Read First Time in Second House; Pending Consideration by Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund.
HB309/Clousen/a

General Fund budget; fully funds ERS.

GF spreadsheet

Senate Floor Amendment

Pending Governor’s Signature.
HB379/LovvornSB61/ChesteenCreates a trust to fund bonuses for TRS retirees.Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
HB380/Warrenn/aProposes a constitutional amendment to allow Macon County sheriffs to participate in ERS, retroactive to 2000.Enacted. Act 2021-158.
HB552/Mooren/aProvides for a process to waive the return to work earning limitations for retirees that return to work for a K12 employer in a teaching or support personnel position that the employer has been otherwise unable to fill. Similar to prior-filed HB159 with some changes in the approval process and a sunset provision.Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by House Ways and Means Education.
HB583/Chestnutn/aProposes a constitutional amendment to allow Dallas County elected officials to participate in ERS.Enacted. Act 2021-265.
HB624/Woodn/aRemoves requirement that JRF members transfer any ERS service to JRF within first year as a JRF member.Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by House Ways and Means General Fund.

 

Senate Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
SJR55/Albrittonn/aCreates the State Employee and Teacher Compensation Joint Interim Study Commission to study the compensation (including retirement and health insurance) of state employees, education personnel, teachers, judges and staff of the Alabama Unified Judicial System, and associated contract employees.Carried Over by the House to the 30th Legislative Day.
SB51/ChesteenHB93/BakerModifies TRS Tier II by allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, and increasing the employee contribution to 6.75%.Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by Senate Finance and Taxation Education.
SB61/Chesteenn/aCreates a trust to fund bonuses for TRS retirees.Enacted. Act 2021-464.
SB79/GudgerHB119/Ingram

Adds two board seats to the ERS Board, one for an elected active county employee and one for an elected active or retired local employee, and converts the two elected active local seats to one for active city employees and one for active local board employees. Amended to provide that ex officio board members can appoint designees to the board.

W&MGF Amendment

Enacted. Act 2021-390.
SB172/Singletonn/a

Provides a $3 per month of service bonus for TRS retirees. Substituted in Senate F&TE to provide a $2 per month of service bonus for TRS retirees.

F&TE Substitute

Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
SB189/Orrn/a

Education Trust Fund budget; fully funds TRS and PEEHIP.

ETF spreadsheet

W&ME Substitute

Enacted. Act 2021-342.
SB229/Marshn/aProvides a $2 per month of service bonus for ERS retirees.Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
SB394/Albrittonn/aCreates a trust to fund bonuses for ERS State retirees.Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.

Week 1
2/8/2021

Week 2
2/16/2021

Week 3
2/26/2021

Week 4
3/5/2021

Week 5
3/12/2021

Week 6
3/19/2021

Week 7
4/2/2021

Week 8
4/9/2021

Week 9
4/16/2021

Week 10
4/23/2021

Week 11
4/30/2021

Week 12
5/7/2021

Archives

2020 Regular Session (archive)

2019 Regular Session (archive)

2018 Regular Session (archive)

Presentations

 

News

Bill would ‘modify’ teachers’ retirement benefits

Contacts

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Neah Mitchell Scott,
Legislative Counsel
neah.scott@rsa-al.gov
Twitter: @neahmitchell

Neah Mitchell Scott,
Legislative Counsel
neah.scott@rsa-al.gov
Twitter: @neahmitchell

Neah Mitchell Scott has served as Legislative Counsel for the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) since September 2013. Before joining the RSA, Neah practiced civil litigation and healthcare law as an associate with Balch & Bingham LLP. Neah obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama in 2008 and a B.A. in History from Auburn University in 2004.

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