Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

MMA Seeks To Delay All Pension Bills

MAY 2001 - Wants Another Blue-Ribbon Study - Our old friends at the Massachusetts Municipal Association are
at it again. This time they come as white knights reputedly to save our
Chapter 32 retirement plan from its “serious flaws” by filing a
broad-based bill (H2067), which will address the ills of our pension
systems, but would also delay all pending legislation, including COLA
improvements.A March 8 seminar at
Stonehill College, sponsored by the MMA, was the first unveiling of the
MMA’s legislation, which will be heard in Gardner Auditorium at the
State House this May 24.

Governor Vetoes Veterans' Status Bill

MARCH 2001 - Would Have Included Peacetime Personnel - Legislation,
that would have given veterans' status to anyone with at least one year
of military service, was vetoed by Governor Cellucci at the tail end of
last year's legislative session.

Strong Support For Legislative Package

MARCH 2001 -
Bipartisan "Coalition" Backs Association - Members savvy to the ways of Beacon Hill know that legislative success
often rests on the strength of those legislators sponsoring the bill.
Thankfully, the Association has been able to secure the support of a
number of key legislators to sponsor our legislative package for the
2001-2002 session.

House Speaker Shuffles The Deck

MARCH 2001 -
Rogers and Dempsey Chair Key Committees - On January 24, Governor Paul Cellucci submitted his FY2002 state budget
(H1) to the Legislature. Included in the $22.5 billion budget package
was language that would trigger a 3% COLA for eligible retired state
employees and teachers this July.

2001 - 2002 Legislative Program

JANUARY 2001 -
Chaired by William Hill, the Association's Legislative Committee has
been working with members of the General Court to craft a legislative
program for the 2001-2002 session. The following are summaries of each
of the fifteen bills that the Association has filed, with the lead
sponsors, for the coming session.

Association Files For New COLA Base

JANUARY 2001 -
Fifteen Bills in 2001 Legislative Package - As is the custom at the end of an election year, the Association has
filed a new legislative package to be considered during the coming
two-year legislative session, which begins on January 3, 2001. The fifteen bills contained within the package represent a comprehensive overview of the many issues affecting our members.

Tax Cut Passes Overwhelmingly: Despite Retiree Opposition

JANUARY 2001 -
Election results in November for the eight statewide ballot questions
proved to be a mixed bag for public retirees. Beyond the cliffhanger
finish of the Presidential Election, several of the ballot questions
would have an immediate impact on retirees.

Boston Teachers' Transfer Proposal Causes Stir

Issue May Emerge Again In Next Session - A late-filed bill in the recent legislative session, which would have
transferred Boston teachers to the Commonwealth's Teachers' Retirement
System, caused quite a stir at the time.

Vote NO on 4

Question 4: Tax Cut Just Too Deep! - "If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is." This age
old adage has meaning this November, as members evaluate how they will
vote on a ballot question which would roll the state’s income tax rate
back to 5%.

New Benefit For Retired Troopers

Pensions Will Not Drop Below 50% - State police, who retired prior to July 1, 1992 due to an accidental
disability or retired on a superannuation pension with 20 years
service, will now have their pensions kept at 50% of the current salary of their former grade or position.