Legislation

Summary

Updated 4/12/2024

The Legislature convened for the twentieth and twenty-first legislative days of the Regular Session this week.

The Legislature continued to work on both budgets this week. The Senate passed out the General Fund budget bill, as substituted. The House Ways and Means Education Committee gave a favorable report on the Education Trust Fund budget bill, as substituted. The budgets fully fund ERS, TRS, and PEEHIP at the actuarially-set rates.

Two RSA-related bills were passed by the House and Senate. HB123, BY Rep. Hill, which authorizes the St. Clair County DAY Program to participate in TRS, was passed by the House and is pending its first reading in the Senate. SB251 by Sen. Jones, which would prohibit investment by RSA in certain federally restricted Chinese investments, was passed by the Senate and moves to the House Ways and Means General Fund committee for consideration.

Bill Chart

House Bills

Bill/Sponsor Companion Summary Status
HB19/Kirkland n/a Proposes a constitutional amendment to allow mayors in Jackson County to participate in ERS. Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by Local Legislation.
HB71/Clouse n/a As amended by the House, authorizes emergency medical services personnel to receive hazardous duty service credit. Read Second Time in Second House; Pending Third Reading.
HB123/Hill n/a Authorizes the St. Clair County DAY Program to participate in TRS. Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
HB145/Garrett SB75/Orr Education Trust Fund budget; fully funds TRS and PEEHIP. Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by Ways and Means Education.
HB201/Clouse n/a Establishes a procedure for granting and funding TRS and ERS retiree benefit increases; as substituted in committee applies only to TRS and ERS State. Passed First House; Pending Consideration by Finance and Taxation General Fund.
HB212/Kiel SB32/Barfoot Removes requirement that retirement benefit garnishments for restitution must run through the District Attorneys’ Restitution Recovery Division. Read Third Time in House of Origin; Pending First Reading in Second House.
HB276/Treadaway n/a As substituted, removes any restrictions on retired law enforcement officers who return to work as law enforcement with RSA-participating employers. Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.

 

Senate Bills

Bill/Sponsor Companion Summary Status
SB12/Elliott n/a As amended in committee, removes the earnings limit for retirees who serve as elected officials in positions which are eligible to participate in ERS. Read Second Time in Second House; Pending Third Reading.
SB32/Barfoot HB212/Kiel Removes requirement that retirement benefit garnishments for restitution must run through the District Attorneys' Restitution Recovery Division. Read Second Time in Second House; Pending Third Reading.
SB56/Orr n/a Terminates retirement benefits for TRS members who have been convicted of certain sex offenses involving a student or minor. Read First Time in Second House; Pending Consideration by Education Policy.
SB67/Albritton HB134/Reynolds General Fund budget; fully funds ERS. Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
SB151/Orr n/a Prohibits the ERS and TRS Boards from sacrificing investment returns or taking additional risks to promote ESG agendas. Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
SB251/Jones n/a Prohibits ERS and TRS from investing with restricted entities affiliated with certain Chinese companies. Read Second Time in House of Origin; Pending Third Reading.
SB300/Hatcher n/a Would grant a 3% benefit increase for ERS retirees to be funded pursuant to HB201 for state retirees and would authorize local employers to elect to grant the same benefit increase for local retirees to be funded through the employer rate to pay down the increase in the unfunded liability. Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by Finance and Taxation General Fund.
SB301/Hatcher n/a Would grant a 3% benefit increase for TRS retirees to be funded pursuant to HB201. Read First Time in House of Origin; Pending Consideration by Finance and Taxation Education.

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Archives

2023 Regular Session (archive)

2022 Regular Session (archive)

2021 Regular Session (archive)

2020 Regular Session (archive)

2019 Regular Session (archive)

2018 Regular Session (archive)

Presentations

TRS and PEEHIP Overview - House Ways & Means Education Committee, February 7, 2024

Legislative Orientation Presentation - December 2022

News

Local Governments - Retiree Bonuses - November 2023 Advisor

2nd Chance for Local Governments Who Missed Out on Retiree Bonuses - August 2023 Advisor

2023 Legislative Session Update - July 2023 Advisor

Contacts

Representatives

Senators

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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