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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 AB 269 and 2015 SB 213


2015 AB 269 and 2015 SB 213 provides that technical colleges, school districts, cities, villages, towns and counties may only provide post-retirement healthcare benefits if they comply with the following:

  • The cost of the benefit must be fully funded in a segregated account for employees hired on or after January 1, 2016.
  • The required funding must be determined by an actuarial study, or other method that complies with generally accepted accounting principles, conducted at least every four years.
  • If a local government dissolves a segregated account established for the purpose of providing such healthcare benefits, the local government must provide for the equitable distribution of the proceeds among the beneficiaries.

The proposed legislation only applies to local governments and does not apply to the funding of the state’s other post-employment benefits. The state’s other post-employment benefits are currently funded according to the standards identified in the bill.


Public hearings were held on both bills in September.


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.