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                                                                                                             MAY 2019
                                                                                 MAJOR CHANGES COME
Major changes came to both branches of the legislature this win-
ter, with the appointment of new chairs and vice chairs across the four committees with the great- est importance to retired public employees. Activity on Beacon Hill is now moving at a fast pace with committee hearings underway and the FY20 State Budget process at the mid-point.
Whether by design or a simple function of the calen- dar, House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced their committee assign- ments on Valentine’s Day.
In a rare occurrence, both the
House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means have new chairmen. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) and State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) chair their respective commit- tees. Both veteran legisla- tors are very well known to Mass Retirees’ officials, with Michlewitz previously serv- ing as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, where he worked closely with the Association. Rodrigues has frequently sponsored and actively sup- ported legislation favorably
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TO KEY COMMITTEES
New Chairs Have Strong Records of Retiree Support
 NOT WAITING FOR OTHERS TO ACT
 Mass. & Texas Lead National Fight to Reform WEP/GPO
   Working in con- junction with the Texas Retired
Teachers Association (TRTA), Mass Retirees has reinitiated an all-out effort to pass legislation to reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).
andwaitforsomeoneelsetoact. Tens of thousands of our mem- bers are victims of the WEP and GPO. Retirees are hurting and need these laws to be changed,” said Association President Frank Valeri. “Thankfully, there are others around the country who agree with us and are willing to step forward to do the hard work
MARCH 26 (Texas State Capitol): SHAWN DUHAMEL AND FRANK VALERI MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TEXAS RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (TRTA) TO DISCUSS WEP/GPO REFORM.
 “We are not going to sit by
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    REP. AARON MICHLEWITZ HOUSE WAYS & MEANS CHAIR
REP. JERALD PARISELLA HOUSE PUBLIC SERVICE CHAIR
SEN. MICHAEL RODRIGUES SENATE WAYS & MEANS CHAIR
SEN. MICHAEL BRADY SENATE PUBLIC SERVICE CHAIR
   












































































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