Legislation

Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

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.

Boston Teachers' Transfer Proposal Causes Stir

NOVEMBER 2000 -
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

NOVEMBER 2000 -
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

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
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.

Disabled State Troopers: New Return-To-Work Law

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
Back in '96, the pension law on returning disability retirees to their
former jobs was expanded to include state police (Chapter 306, Acts of
'96). Ever since then, there have been ongoing disputes among disabled
troopers, their former department, and employee union over returning
them to work.

Ballot Question Endangers Municipal Insurance

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
Tax Cut Could Force Local Cuts - Members, insured under one of the many health insurance plans offered
through the state's municipalities, should pay very close attention to
the pending ballot initiative that seeks to roll back the state income
tax rate to 5%.

Teachers Can Return To Work And Keep Full Pension

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
A little-known feature of the teachers' alternative retirement plan
(Ch. 114) which was passed this June allows teachers, who did not
retire under the alternative plan, to return to work after 60 days
without any earnings or time limit restriction. This means that a
teacher who retired in June could come back to work in any school this
September and still collect a full pension.

No Change In Makeup Of Key Pension Agency

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
Attempt To Add State Treasurer, MACRS Pres. Vetoed
- Legislation which would have seated the State Treasurer and the
President of the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems
(MACRS) as commissioners on PERAC, the Commonwealth's key retirement
system oversight and regulatory agency, failed to survive Governor
Cellucci's veto pen this July.

Governor Approves Landmark Retirement Changes

SEPTEMBER 2000 -
Legislature Comes Through For Retirees - In a move to be applauded by public retirees, Governor Paul Cellucci
approved several key changes in the state retirement law, which will
have a major impact on the lives of many members.

Senate Provides For Gic Appeals

JULY 2000 -
Amendment Addresses Drug Program - As the groundswell of outrage surrounding the Group Insurance
Commission’s new prescription drug program continued to grow, the state
Senate passed an amendment designed to ease retiree fears. Filed by
Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) on behalf of our Association, the
amendment (#661) requires the GIC to establish a prescription drug
appeals process.