Legislative Activity Related to ERS

Legislative Activity Related to ERS

The 86th Texas Legislature is now in session. Below is a list of bills that could affect benefit programs administered by ERS. For more information on each bill and to learn about the legislative process, visit the Texas Legislature Online website.

Filed Legislation Affecting the Employees Retirement System of Texas
86th Texas Legislature, Regular Session

 

Bill Author Summary April 22, 2019
RETIREMENT
Retirement - Elected Class
SB 223

HB 814
Seliger

Landgraf
Fixes elected class annuities for legislators and statewide elected officials at 2% per year of service of a district judge's salary as of 8/31/19. Referred to State Affairs 2/1/19

Referred to PIFS 2/25/19
HB 1150 Hinojosa Sets the retirement annuity for members of the legislature and the Lieutenant Governor equal to the average annuity of a retired classroom teacher. Referred to PIFS 2/26/19
SB 729

HB 2341
Fallon

Toth
Fixes elected class annuities at 2% per year of service of $140,000 for members of the elected class with all service earned as member of the legislature. Referred to State Affairs 3/1/19

Referred to PIFS 3/6/19
HB 4399 Cain Changes legislative base salary for annuity purposes from the salary of a district judge to the Constitutional legislator's salary. Filed 3/7/19
SB 1522 Fallon Requires ERS to suspend annuity payments to former legislators working as lobbyists. Referred to State Affairs 3/14/19
Retirement - Employee Class
HB 425 Allen, Alma Provides an immediate 10% COLA, effective 9/1/19, plus a 4% annual COLA for annuitants. Also provides a supplemental payment equal to the lesser of the monthly annuity or $2,000, payable in January '18.  Referred to PIFS 2/20/19
SB 680 Fallon Caps the annuity of a retiree from a public retirement system at a maximum based on certain Federal salaries. Referred to State Affairs 3/1/19
HB 3522

HB 3715
Murphy

Flynn
Permits the assignment of ERS death benefits to funeral home directors. Sent to L&C Calendar 4/17/19

Filed 3/7/19
SB 1570 Flores Prevents certain corrections officers from receiving a pension if they are convicted of a felony. Effective 6/6/17
Retirement - JRS Plan 1 & Plan 2
SB 48 Zaffirini Allows JRS II retirees to resume service in JRS II if they return to service as a judicial officer after a break of more than 12 months, and have their annuity recalculated when they leave service.  Referred to State Affairs 2/1/19
HB 1222 Wray Provides a salary increase to certain justices and judges. Pending in Judiciary 4/15/19
HB 210 Craddick Recalculates JRS II annuities for judges who are required to retire due to constitutional age limits if a judicial pay raise occurs within one year of the retirement. Scheduled for hearing in PIFS 4/25/19
SB 387

HB 2384
Huffman

Leach
Judicial pay raises. Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19

Committee report sent to Calendars 4/15/19
HB 3951

SB 1466
Longoria

Hughes
Requires ERS to recalculate JRS II annuities if a judicial pay raise is approved. Scheduled for hearing in PIFS 4/25/19

Referred to State Affairs 3/14/19
Retirement - Law Enforcement and Custodial Officer Supplemental Retirement Fund (LECOSRF)
SB 346 Zaffirini Amends the collection of state criminal court costs, including the costs allocated to LECOSRF. Received in House 4/18/19
HB 2356 Munoz Includes overtime as compensation for pension purposes for certain DPS officers and game wardens working in border counties. Referred to PIFS 3/6/19
HB 2473

SB 2057
Gutierrez

Menendez
Permits peace officers employed by institutions of higher education and public schools to move from TRS to ERS, effective 1/1/2020, and participate in LECOSRF. Also adds certain peace officers employed by the state and correctional officers at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to LECOSRF. Referred to PIFS 3/11/19

Filed 3/7/19
HB 2619 Cole Permits peace officers employed by institutions of higher education and public schools to move from TRS to ERS, effective 1/1/2019, and participate in LECOSRF, and permits ERS retirees to return to service as a peace officer and have their annuity recalculated upon re-retiring. Referred to PIFS 3/11/19
HB 3983

SB 1864
Leach

Hinojosa
Adds peace officers employed by the Attorney General to LECOSRF. Scheduled for hearing in PIFS 4/25/19

Filed 3/7/19
HB 4229 Hefner Allows DPS offices to include overtime pay for purposes of calculating their contribution and annuity. Filed 3/7/19
Texa$aver
HB 2414 Cortez Amends the Texa$aver defined contribution plan to make it optional for new employees. Scheduled for hearing in PIFS 4/25/19
Defined Benefit Plans
SB 2428 Bettencourt Allows ERS and TRS to offer defined benefit retirement plans. Filed 3/8/19
CHAPTER 615
(Survivor benefits for officers killed in the line of duty)
HB 872 Hefner Adds jailers, county jailers, and guards to the officers eligible for certain Chapter 615 benefits. Engrossed 4/18/19
HB 1618 Cyrier Allows certain members of Texas military forces to qualify for Chapter 615 Benefits if killed in  the line of duty. Placed on Calendar 4/23/19
HB 1926

SB 1396
Herrero

Flores
Expands responsibility of employer to notify ERS of certain line of duty deaths. Referred to PIFS 3/5/19

Referred to State Affairs 3/14/19
SB 1171 Menendez Makes survivors of members of Texas Military Forces eligible for Chapter 615 benefits. Referred to Veteran Affairs 3/7/19
INSURANCE
Insurance - Coverages
HB 170 Bernal Requires the GBP to cover diagnostic mammography in the same manner as screening mammography. Reported from  Insurance 4/9/19
HB 217 Gervin-Hawkins Requires the GBP to cover a hair prosthesis for cancer patients Pending in Insurance 4/9/19
HB 565 Coleman Requires the GBP to conform with certain ACA coverage requirements Pending in Insurance 3/5/19
HB 762 Wu Requires the GBP to cover certain HIV testing Pending in Insurance 3/5/19
SB 107 Menendez Requires the GBP to cover PTSD as a serious mental illness Referred to Business & Commerce 2/1/19
SB 145 Rodriguez Requires the GBP to conform with certain ACA coverage requirements Referred to Business & Commerce 2/1/19
HB 1645

HB 2114
Beckley

Martinez Fischer
Requires the GBP to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions. Referred to Insurance 3/4/19

Pending in Insurance 4/16/19
SB 344 Watson Prohibits the GBP from automatically rejecting a campus-based mental health professional from contracting with the plan based on the professional’s service area. Referred to Business & Commerce 2/7/19
HB 3039 Turner Requires the GBP to cover vaccinations for bacterial meningitis Referred to Insurance 3/13/19
Insurance - Pharmacy
HB 937

SB 795
Davis

Alvarado
Requires the GBP to provide an enrollee with up to a 12 month supply of a covered contraceptive. Sent to Calendars 4/8/19

Referred to Business & Commerce 3/1/19
SB 469 Kolkhorst Prohibits the GBP from preventing a pharmacy to disclose drug costs. Referred to Business & Commerce 2/14/19
HB 1584

SB 1148
Thompson

Buckingham
Requires the GBP to cover certain prescription drugs for stage-four advanced, metastatic cancer. Reported from Insurance 4/16/19

Referred to Business & Commerce 3/1/19
Insurance - Other
HB 392 Blanco Amends Chapter 1552, Insurance Code, to allow ERS to provide long-term care insurance that is not group insurance. Referred to Senate State Affairs 4/17/19
HB 839 Hernandez Adds the ERS Group Benefits Advisory Committee to Chapter 1551, Insurance Code  Referred to PIFS 2/25/19
HB 1440 Tinderholt Requires ERS to develop health benefit programs comparable to TRS coverage, and restricts current and retired legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors to enrolling in those plans. Referred to PIFS 2/27/19
HB 1742

SB 1914
Smithee

Johnson
Adds non-network laboratories to the list of medical facilities subject to mediation. Sent to L&C Calendar 4/15/19

Filed 3/7/19
SB 22 Campbell Prohibits transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate. Sent to House Calendars 4/17/19
HB 2367 Bonnen Prohibits a carrier from submitting bids to ERS if the carrier has terminated a contract with a physician or provider for notifying an enrollee about certain coverage options. Heard in PIFS 4/18/19
HB 2525 Burrows Requires health care facilities and practitioners to disclose prices to patients, and permits patients to share savings if a patient chooses a less costly service. Heard in PIFS 4/18/19
HB 2894

SB 1377
Collier

Buckingham
Amends Penal Code criminal offense of health care fraud. Placed on Calendar 4/24/19

Referred to Criminal Justice 3/14/19
HB 3933

SB 1264
Martinez Fischer

Hancock
Requires the GBP to cover emergency care and out-of-network facility-based providers Left pending in Insurance 4/2/19

Received in House 4/17/19
HB 4026 Dominguez Permits public school retirees to participate in the GBP. Referred to PIFS 3/21/19
HB 4076 King Moves certain education employees from the TRS health plan into the GBP. Referred to PIFS 3/21/19
HB 4101 Meza Removes the waiting period for new employees to receive GBP coverage. Referred to PIFS 3/25/19
HB 4153 Anchia Allows spouses and dependents of wrongfully convicted to participate in the GBP Reported from Appropriations 4/15/19
OPEN RECORDS
SB 730 Fallon Prohibits ERS from withholding the names or annuity amounts of annuitants who were or are members of the legislature. Referred to Business & Commerce 3/1/19
HB 2189

SB 943
Capriglione

Watson
Amends the disclosure requirements for certain governmental contracts under the Public Information Act. Sent to Calendars 4/17/19

Referred to House State Affairs 4/12/19
INVESTMENTS
SB 322

HB 1887
Huffman

Murphy
Requires retirement systems to select a firm to regularly assess the retirement system's investment practices and performance. Received in House 4/17/19

Pending in PIFS 3/26/19
HB 1170 Anchia Prevents ERS from investing in companies that manufacture firearms or ammunition. Referred to PIFS 2/26/19
HB 2649 Flynn Requires public retirement systems, including ERS, to report investment commissions and fees. Scheduled for hearing in PIFS 4/25/19
HJR 143 Bonnen Amends the constitution to allow the legislature to appoint public officers to invest and manage public funds. Set on House Calendar 4/23/19
FUNDING
SB 346 Zaffirini Amends amount of state criminal court cost contribution the  Law Enforcement and Custodial Officer Supplemental Retirement Fund (LECOSRF) Received in House 4/18/19
SB 500 Nelson Supplemental Appropriations bill. Vonferees appointed 4/18/19
SJR 4 Menendez Raises the Constitutional minimum state contribution from 6% to 7% Referred to State Affairs 2/7/19
SB 456 Huffman Increases the statutorily required contribution to the ERS Trust Fund from 7.4% to 9.5%. Referred to State Affairs 2/14/19
HJR 10 Capriglione Establishes the Texas Legacy Fund, portions of which may be used to lower the unfunded liability of ERS. Placed on Const. Amendments Calendar 4/23/19
SJR 60 Menendez Raises the Constitutional maximum state contribution from 10% to 11% Filed 3/7/19
SB2224 Huffman Requires public retirement systems, including ERS, to adopt a funding policy Referred to PIFS 4/16/19
HB 4159

SB 1369
Capriglione

Buckingham
Permits agencies to not implement certain programs if no approipriation is made. Pending State Affairs 4/8/19

Referred to Finance 3/14/19
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
HB 596 Hernandez Allows one of the members elected to the Board of Trustees to be a retiree. Effective for the elected member position taking office on 9/1/2021. Referred to Senate State Affairs 4/15/19
HB 784 Davis Requires Board of Trustees members to disclose conflicts of interest and refrain from voting if such a conflict exists Left pending in State Affairs 4/8/19