Regular Session News #4: Return-to-work bills pass House panel

Apr 27, 2017

The House retirement committee passed two bills that would expand the state’s return-to-work laws. These bills now head to the full House for a vote.

House Bill 4, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, would add school nurses to the list of retirees who can return to work and continue to receive a benefit check, subject to a 25% earnings limitation.

And, Rep. Frank Hoffmann’s House Bill 31 would add school psychologists to the list of critical shortage positions in which a retiree can return to work without a reduction of benefits.

In other action, the committee passed an amended version of House Bill 33, authored by House retirement committee chair Rep. Kevin Pearson.

HB 33 clarifies legislative staff’s rights and duties in attending executive sessions of the TRSL Board, particularly with respect to lawyer-client privilege. The bill was amended to remove language that would have replaced the House Speaker-appointed TRSL board member with the House retirement committee chair beginning in 2020. The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.

Senate bill action: The following Senate bill received passage in the full Senate yesterday:
  • SB 8 (Sen. Peacock) would provide for the correction of membership and enrollment errors in the public retirement systems.
It will now be considered by the House retirement committee.

A complete list of legislation impacting TRSL, including the position taken by the TRSL Board of Trustees on each bill, is available on the Legislation page of our website.

TUNE IN & WATCH LIVE:  You can watch live retirement committee meetings online at Click on the TV icon for any meeting in progress that you’d like to view. Archived broadcasts are available here.
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