Legislation

The Regular Legislative Session began on February 4, 2020.

Summary

Updated 4/1/2020

The Legislature convened on March 31 to adopt a joint rule allowing for the postponement of the legislative session during a state of emergency. Upon adjournment, the House and the Senate set April 28 to reconvene, but the joint rule allows the Speaker and the Pro Tem to postpone the session further if necessary.  

Bill Chart

House Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
HB76/Bakern/aCreates Tier III for TRS which would modify Tier II by increasing the benefit multiplier, allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, and increasing the employee contribution to 7.5%. Would be effective October 1, 2020, for new members. Tier II members would automatically be converted to Tier III with the option to revert back to Tier II.Read First Time in Second House.
HB172/IngramSB154/ReedAdds two board seats to the ERS Board, one for an elected active county employee and one for an elected active or general local employee, and converts the two elected active local seats to one for active city employees and one for active local board employees.Read First Time in Second House.
HB187/Poolen/aEducation Trust Fund Budget; fully funds TRS and PEEHIP.Read First Time in House of Origin.
HB268/IngramSB201/BarfootCreates Tier III for ERS State which would modify Tier II by increasing the benefit multiplier, allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, and increasing the employee contribution to 7.5%. Would be effective October 1, 2020, for new members. Tier II members would automatically be converted to Tier III with the option to revert back to Tier II.Read First Time in Second House.
HB271/Sellsn/aCreates the Employees’ Investment Retirement Plan (EIRP), which is a modified version of DROP. Only 80% of a member’s benefit will be deposited in his or her DROP account, no interest will accrue, and employee contributions made during the participation period will be non-refundable.Read First Time in House of Origin.
HB280/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 First Time in Second House.
HB307/Reynoldsn/aAllows use of hazardous duty time to calculate years of service for in-service death benefits for firefighters, law enforcement officers, and correctional officers.Read First Time in Second House.
HB380/DismukesSB265/SingletonProvides a one-time bonus to TRS retirees in the amount of $3 per month of service.Read First Time in House of Origin.
HB446/Lovvornn/aCreates a trust to fund bonuses for TRS retirees.Read First Time in House of Origin.

 

Senate Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
SB134/Livingstonn/aAllows judges, clerks, and DAs appointed or elected for the first time after November 2016 to retire with 25 years of service credit if they had prior service as a Tier I member in ERS or TRS.Read Second Time in House of Origin.
SB154/ReedHB172/IngramAdds two board seats to the ERS Board, one for an elected county employee and one for an elected local employee or retiree, and converts the two elected local employee seats to one for city employees and one for local board employees.Read Second Time in Second House.
SB157/Albrittonn/aGeneral Fund Budget; fully funds ERS.Read First Time in House of Origin.
SB201/BarfootHB268/IngramCreates Tier III for ERS State which would modify Tier II by increasing the benefit multiplier, allowing 30-year retirement, allowing sick leave conversion, and increasing the employee contribution to 7.5%. Would be effective October 1, 2020, for new members. Tier II members would automatically be converted to Tier III with the option to revert back to Tier II.Read First Time in House of Origin.
SB218/Waggonern/aProvides a one-time bonus to ERS retirees in the amount of $3 per month of service with a $300 minimum. Provides local employers that participate in ERS the option to provide the bonus to their retirees.Read First Time in House of Origin.
SB268/SingletonHB380/DismukesProvides a one-time bonus to TRS retirees in the amount of $3 per month of service.Read First Time in House of Origin.
SB290/Wardn/aProvides a one-time bonus to ERS retirees ranging from $300-$600 based upon years of service, retirement benefit, and retirement date.Read First Time in House of Origin.
SB302/Chesteenn/aModifies 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.
SB312/Albrittonn/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 House of Origin.

February Updates

March Updates

2019 Regular Session (archive)

2018 Regular Session (archive)

Presentations

TRS Update for W&ME - 1/9/2020

News

House passes teacher retirement bill; fate uncertain in the Senate - 2/19/2020

RSA Statement Regarding the Implementation of Act 2019-132

Contacts

Representatives by District

Senators by District

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. Prior to joining the RSA, Neah practiced in the areas of 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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