Legislation

The Regular Legislative Session ended on May 18, 2020.

Summary

Updated 5/19/2020

The 2020 Regular Legislative Session ended on May 18, 2020, and was very unusual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the pandemic, a number of bills were introduced to improve benefits for RSA members including: bills creating Tier III for TRS and ERS members (which were passed by the House); bills to improve Tier II benefits (which were introduced in the Senate); and bills to grant retiree bonuses (which were introduced in both houses). However, after recessing for over a month due to COVID-19, the Legislature returned only to pass budgets and uncontested local bills. Therefore, the only RSA-related bill enacted this session is Act 2020-99, a local constitutional amendment to allow Walker County elected officials to participate in the ERS. 

On a positive note, the General Fund and Education Trust budgets fully fund the ERS and TRS by setting the actuarially-determined employer contribution rates. PEEHIP was funded at the requested rate. This full funding ensures that the RSA stays healthy and is able to continue paying out hard-earned benefits to its members.

Bill Chart

House Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
HB187/Poolen/aEducation Trust Fund Budget; fully funds TRS and PEEHIP.Enacted. Act 2020-169.

 

Senate Bills

Bill/SponsorCompanionSummaryStatus
SB157/Albrittonn/aGeneral Fund Budget; fully funds ERS.Enacted. Act 2020-168.
SB339/Reedn/aProposed a constitutional amendment to allow Walker County elected officials to participate in ERS.Enacted. Act 2020-99.

February Updates

March Updates

April Update

May Update

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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