Legislation

Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Disability Vets Scheduled For Bonus

JULY 2004 - A bill, that rightfully should have been passed years ago, is on the doorsteps of becoming law.

Health Care Changes Eyed In Budget

JULY 2004
- Senate Targets Drug Prices - It will come as no surprise to members that state Legislative Leaders
are considering several proposals, which if passed, would change the
way prescription drugs are purchased for thousands of retirees, who are
insured under the state's Group Insurance Commission.

New Definition Of "Veteran"

JULY 2004
- Opens Door For All Who Served - All men and women, who have served in the armed forces of the United
States for at least 180 days, will now be classified as veterans,
regardless of when they served.

Association Bills On The Move

MAY 2004
- Increased Benefits Eyed - With the Legislature now entering into budget season, Association
lobbyists are focusing efforts on a handful of bills that show some
promise of advancing.

Vets Bill Clears House

MARCH 2004
- Disability Retirees Would Get Bonus - In a sign that strong grassroots lobbying by our members does indeed
pay off, legislation that will grant disability retirees the much
deserved veteran's bonus is well on its way towards becoming law.

Legislative Session At Halfway Point

JANUARY 2004
- Association Bills Advance - Now a year into the 2003-2004 Legislative Session, the Association's
lobbying team has been able to push several key retiree bills forward
despite the state's struggling fiscal condition.

Governor Plays Dangerous Game

JANUARY 2004
- Pension Rhetoric Misleading - As Mitt Romney continues his full-fledged assault on our pension
system, the Association is gearing up to defeat the Governor's
misguided proposal.

Legislative Hearings Underway

NOVEMBER 2003
- Committee Targets GIC Practices - After a short summer recess, state Legislators began their fall work
in earnest beginning in early September. Key to Association members is
the work being conducted by the Joint Committee on Public Service,
before which all public retirement legislation is reviewed.

Romney Attacks State's Pension Plan

NOVEMBER 2003
- Will Seek Change In January - Governor Mitt Romney has revived his plan to overhaul the
Commonwealth's public pension formula, this time using former UMass
President William Bulger's pension as a Trojan Horse.

Tough Road For Legislative Plan

SEPTEMBER 2003 - Economy Slows Progress of Bills - So far, the 2003-2004 Legislative Session has proven to be a slow and frustrating process for the Association's lobbyists.