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Government Relations

2017 Session - Proposals

Proposed Bills (for reference only)

  • 2017 SB 190 and 2017 AB 324 – Increases the minimum retirement age and changes the formula for calculating a retirement benefit.
  • 2017 AB 128 and 2017 SB 81 – Prohibits the Group Insurance Board from contracting for or providing abortion services
  • 2017 AB 62 and 2017 SB 136 – Military Service Credits
  • 2017 AB 10 – Align effective date for life insurance cancellations with other insurance
  • 2017 AB 9 – Eliminates time requirement in statutes for acceptance of retirement applications
  • 2017 AB 8 – Clarifies WRS part-time elected official waiver for protective occupation employees
  • 2017 AB 7 – Clarifies eligibility provisions to participating employees
  • 2017 AB 6 – Clarifies Income Continuation Insurance waiting period

2015 Session - Proposals - Not Enacted into Law

2015 Wisconsin Act 174

Coverage for new participating employers.



2015 Act 174 provides municipalities interested in participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System the option to join and only bring in newly-hired employees while allowing current employees to finish their careers under their existing retirement plan.
Specifically, the bill:

  • Permits an employer to elect to participate in the WRS and choose to only bring in employees hired on or after the date that the employer elects to participate in the WRS. Employees hired before the date of election would not participate in the WRS.
  • Permits the municipal employer the option to offer current employees a one-time choice of becoming participating employees in the WRS.

Permits any municipal employer that elects to be included under the above provision to exclude its public utility employees.


2015 Session - Enacted Into Law


Please contact Tarna Hunter, ETF’s Legislative Liaison, if you have any questions.


Please contact Tarna Hunter, ETF’s Government Relations Director, if you have any questions.