Legislative Activity Related to ERS

Legislative Activity Related to ERS

The 86th Texas Legislature is now complete. Below is a list of passed 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 - Employee Class
HB 3522 Murphy Permits the assignment of ERS death benefits to funeral home directors. Sent to the Governor
5/28/19
SB 1570 Flores Prevents certain corrections officers from receiving a pension if they are convicted of a felony. Sent to the Governor
5/26/19
Retirement - JRS Plan 1 & Plan 2
HB 2384 Leach Judicial pay raises. Referred to State
Affairs 2/14/19
Sent to the Governor
5/29/19
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
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 and expands responsibility of employer to notify ERS of certain line of duty deaths. Sent to the Governor
5/29/19
HB 3635 Turner Adjusts Chapter 615 benefit annually based on CPI-U Sent to the Governor
5/28/19
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
Insurance - Pharmacy
HB 1584 Thompson Requires the GBP to cover certain prescription drugs for stage-four advanced, metastatic cancer. Sent to the Governor
5/29/19

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 1742 Smithee Adds non-network laboratories to the list of medical facilities subject to mediation. Sent to the Governor
5/29/19

Filed 3/7/19
SB 22 Campbell Provides for arbitration of certain out-of-network claims Effective 9/1/19
HB 2894 Collier Amends Penal Code criminal offense of health care fraud. Effective 9/1/19

Referred to Criminal
Justice 3/14/19
HB 3933 Hancock Provides for arbitration of certain out-of-network claims Sent to the Governor
5/25/19
OPEN RECORDS
SB 943 Watson Requires retirement systems to select a firm to regularly assess the retirement system's investment
practices and performance.
Sent to Calendars
4/17/19

Sent to the Governor
5/25/19
INVESTMENTS
SB 322 Huffman Requires retirement systems to select a firm to regularly assess the retirement system's investment
practices and performance.
Sent to the Governor
5/25/19

Pending in PIFS
3/26/19
HB 793 King Exempts certain small business contracts from the requirement that the contractor certifies that it
does not boycott Israel
Effective 5/7/19
FUNDING
SB 500 Nelson Supplemental Appropriations bill. Effective 6/6/19
SB2224 Huffman Requires public retirement systems, including ERS, to adopt a funding policy Effective 9/1/19