Legislation

Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Deck Shuffled For Legislative Leaders

House and Senate Committees Take Shape

February 4, 2011: Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo have each shuffled the deck with a realignment of their respective leadership teams for the new 2011-2012 Legislative Session. Of direct importance to public retirees are the Joint Committee on Public Service, as well as the respective House and Senate Ways and Means Committees.

All Eyes On Beacon Hill

Pensions & Health Insurance Still Hot Topics

JANUARY 2011 VOICE: Following an election cycle that witnessed the successful reelection of many Association endorsed candidates, attention has turned to what challenges and opportunities may develop during the new legislative session.

For the first time in decades, Massachusetts will simultaneously swear in a new state Treasurer and Auditor.  And since both offices are of the utmost importance to public retirees, our Association will remain in close contact with Steve Grossman and Suzanne Bump as they take office.

LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE UNDER REVIEW

Hearings Scheduled Through November

JULY 2009: Beyond the budget debate and various "reform" measures capturing daily headlines, the sixteen standing legislative committees are hard at work analyzing the thousands of proposals now before the Legislature.

Legislative Team Focuses On 2008

JANUARY 2008: The coming six months are critical to the success of the Association’s 2007-2008 Legislative Agenda. Although the current session runs until January 2009, the Legislature stops meeting in formal session at the end of July.

At the start of the session, the Association had filed bills addressing 18 different issue areas of importance to public retirees. Hearings on these bills, which were conducted by the Joint Committee on Public Service, were completed in July.

September Legislative Update

SEPT 2007 - As reported in the July edition of the Voice, the Joint Committee on Public Service held public hearings through the month of July that included several bills of high importance to Association members. Public hearings are viewed as the first crucial step in the legislative process.

Disability Reviews Prove Burdensome

SEPT 2007 - For the past eleven years, the nearly 15,000 retirees receiving disability pensions have been required by law to periodically prove to the state that they remain disabled and unable to perform the essential duties of the job from which they retired.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

2007 JULY - Now a quarter of the way through the 2007-2008 Legislative Session, Massachusetts legislative leaders are evaluating a number of proposals that are “hot” issues to Association members.

Association Bill Numbers

2007 MAY - Here are the respective Senate and House numbers for each of
the Association bills for the 2007-2008 Legislative Session. Principal sponsors
are shown within the parenthesis.

Public Service Hearings Begin

2007 MAY - Hitting the ground running, the Joint Committee on Public
Service has embarked on an aggressive public hearing schedule, aimed at quickly
moving several key bills, including Association proposals to raise the COLA
base to $16,000, increase  the minimum
pension, and create retiree healthcare trust funds. Here are the Committee
members.

Romney Nixes Bill to Allow Increased Public Sector Earnings For Retirees

2007 MAR - Legislation, that would have increased the amount of money that public sector retirees  could earn while working part-time for the state or local government, was enacted by the Legislature, but rejected by Governor Romney this past December.