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 The Voice of the Retired Public Employee
  Aflurry of activity on (D-Lynn) and Representative John
Beacon Hill marked the
start of the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Mass Retirees has filed 17 bills for the new ses- sion, covering a wide variety of
issues impacting public retirees.
While House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Karen Spilka have yet to make commit- tee assignments (as of 2/6/19), the Association’s legislative team has already begun to map out a strat- egy to advance the Association’s legislative priorities. The plan starts with legislation that received a favorable recommen- dation from the Joint Committee on Public Service during the pre- vious session.
Of the 17 separate bills filed, 5 have been filed in both the House and Senate. At times hav- ing House/Senate companion bills increases the likelihood of action, but the strategy must be used sparingly. In filing the proposals Mass Retirees seeks senior leg- islators who have a background or knowledge of public retiree policies.
 The Association is also working closely with the coa- lition of MA public employee unions in support of legislation focused on healthcare reforms (see article pg. 18).
Senator Brendan Crighton
Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree)
Lawn (D-Watertown) have teamed up to file legislation increasing the state’s basic life insurance bene- fit to $10,000. In recent sessions the proposal advanced as far as respective House and Senate Ways and Means Committees.
Likewise, Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) and Rep. Jerald Parisella (D-Peabody) have filed bills increasing the veterans bonus to $1,000 annually. Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) and Senator Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton) have each filed bills granting health insurance benefits to surviving spouses who remarry.
Rep. Michael Day (D-Winchester) and Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxboro) are the lead sponsors of legislation that would lock in insurance premium contri- bution percentage rates for exist- ing municipal retirees. This is the same protection afforded state retirees since 1994.
Senator Crighton joins with Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) in fil- ing legislation reforming the ordi- nary disability benefit. Chan has also filed the bill to recalculate the Option B/C benefit for those retired prior to 7/1/2004, as well as a bill reforming the disability re-examination process. Crighton is also the lead sponsor of legis- lation to increase the State and Teacher COLA base.
Florida Gulf Coast
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Elks Lodge #2159 810 - 16th Ave. S.E. Largo, FL
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Bonita Springs/Estero Elks #2753 3231 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL
Eastern Mass.
Friday, April 5, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St., Somerville
Cape Cod
Friday, April 12, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
The Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis
Central Mass.
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
Double Tree by Hilton
Route 12, Fitchburg/Leominster Exit 31B off Rt 2, 99 Erdman Way Leominster
North Shore
Friday, May 3, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
Marriott Peabody,
8A Centennial Drive, Peabody
Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
Florian Hall
55 Hallett Street, Dorchester
Western Mass. (South)
Friday, May 17, 2019, 11:00 A.M.
Dante Club
1198 Memorial Ave., West Springfield

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