Legislative Activity Related to ERS

The 85th Texas Legislature is adjourned. Please see an overview of new legislation that affects benefit programs administered by ERS. In addition, the following summaries have more information, including bills related to ERS operations. For more information on each bill and to learn about the legislative process, visit the Texas Legislature Online website.

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Summary

Sunset
SB 301 Continues operation of ERS until 2029, making legislative changes adopted by the Sunset Commission. Go here for more on the Sunset Advisory Commission Review.

Retirement

Retirement - Elected Class
SB 500 Prevents certain state and local elected officials from receiving a pension if they are convicted of a felony related to the performance of their official duties.

Chapter 615 (Survivor benefits for officers killed in the line of duty)

SB 15 Provides a homestead tax exemption for the surviving spouse of certain first responders killed in the line of duty.
HB 1526 Provides Chapter 615 benefits to peace officers employed by certain private institutions of higher education.

Insurance

Insurance - Coverages
HB 214 Prohibits the GBP from covering elective abortion, except in the case of medical emergency.
HB 490 Requires the GBP to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants for certain people.
HB 3124 Prohibits the GBP from covering abortions, except as a separate coverage with a separate premium, and only in the case of medical emergency.
HB 1296 Requires the GBP to cover a partial refill of a prescription drug to allow a participant to synchronize prescription refills to the same date.
Insurance – Other
SB 55
HB 1976
Requires ERS and TRS to study a patient-reported outcomes registry for musculoskeletal care.
SB 507 Expands the list of health care providers and facilities who may be required to mediate out-of-network claims for GBP participants.
HB 4035 Allows individuals who worked at state agencies and at certain institutions of higher education to combine insurance service credit to qualify for retiree health insurance.

Investments

HB 89 Prohibits statewide pension funds (including ERS) from investing in companies that boycott Israel, and requires divesting from those companies. Also prohibits all state agencies from contracting with those companies.
SB 253 Prohibits statewide pension funds (including ERS) from investing in companies that provide supplies or services to foreign terrorist organizations, and requires divesting from those companies.

Contracting

SB 252 Prevents state agencies from contracting with companies that provide supplies or services to foreign terrorist organizations.

Open Records

HB 2328 Permits a state agency to issue an expedited response to an open records request.

Ethics

HB 501 Expands reporting requirements on personal financial statements filed with the Ethics Commission to include certain contracts for goods or services, and bond counsel services.