Legislation

Articles about Legislation that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

LEGISLATORS SIGN ON TO ASSOCIATION BILLS

JANUARY 1999 - In
addition to a bill’s lead sponsor, other senators and representatives
can sign on to it. As for the Association’s legislative package, a
number of legislators have done so, lending their support to a
particular bill.

ASSOCIATION FILES LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE

JANUARY 1999 -
Fifteen Key Bills Filed For 1999 - On
January 6th, the 1999-2000 Legislative Session officially begins with
over 5,900 separate pieces of legislation awaiting consideration.Our
Association has filed fifteen bills, effecting retirement and health
care issues.

1999

JANUARY 1999 - A Comprehensive Package Into The Next Millennium - During
the past months, the Association’s Legislative Committee, chaired by
William Hill, prepared legislation that has been introduced into the
General Court’s 1999-2000 legislative session. As a result of its work,
the committee presents to the membership the following legislative
package of 15 bills. (Senate bills * have not received numbers at this
time.):

Retirees Benefit From Pop-Up

NOVEMBER 1998 - Municipalities Implement New Law - Retirees
from across the Commonwealth have begun to reap the benefits of the new
Option C “Pop-Up” law passed in July. Hundreds of eligible members from
the state and teachers’ retirement systems have seen their pensions
increase from 15-25%.

"Needham Bill" Nears Final Passage

NOVEMBER 1998 - All
signs point to the Legislature taking final action on H-5369 before
1998 ends. Labelled the “Needham bill,” referring to the Needham
retiree whose controversy triggered the bill’s introduction (see
September Voice), H-5369 allows retirement boards to forgive a retiree
for certain overpayments in his pension.

Legislative Agenda In Works for 1999-2000

NOVEMBER 1998 - Lobbying Team Ready For New Session - Just
as the 1997-98 Legislative session winds down, our Association’s
legislative team is gearing up for the new session set to convene in
January.

County Government Systems Seek To Reorganize

NOVEMBER 1998 - Legislation On Deck Before House - In
what has become a Beacon Hill soap opera of sorts, the retirement
systems of the state’s abolished counties are seeking legislation to
reorganize into regional retirement systems.