Legislative Activity Related to ERS

Legislative Activity Related to ERS

The 86th Texas Legislature is now complete. Following is a list of passed bills that could affect benefits programs administered by ERS. Learn more about ERS’ activity during session and the new laws with the greatest impact on ERS members

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

Bill Author Summary Effective Date
RETIREMENT
Retirement - Employee Class
HB 3522 Murphy Permits the assignment of ERS death benefits to funeral home directors. Applies to benefits payable on or after January 1, 2020
SB 1570 Flores Prevents certain corrections officers from receiving a pension if they are convicted of a felony. Applies to offenses committed on or after June 10, 2019
Retirement - JRS Plan 1 and Plan 2
HB 2384 Leach Judicial pay raises. September 1, 2019
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. January 1, 2020
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. September 1, 2019
HB 3635 Turner Adjusts Chapter 615 benefit annually based on CPI-U September 1, 2019
INSURANCE
Insurance - Coverages
HB 170 Bernal Requires the GBP to cover diagnostic mammography in the same manner as screening mammography. Effective September 1, 2020
Insurance - Pharmacy
HB 1584 Thompson Requires the GBP to cover certain prescription drugs for stage-four advanced, metastatic cancer. September 1, 2019
Insurance - Other
HB 392 Blanco Amends Chapter 1552, Insurance Code, to allow ERS to provide long-term care insurance that is
not group insurance.
September 1, 2019
SB 22 Campbell Prohibits transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate. September 1, 2019
HB 2894 Collier Amends Penal Code criminal offense of health care fraud. Applies to offenses committed on or after September 1, 2019
SB 1264 Hancock Provides for arbitration of certain out-of-network claims Applies to health care or medical services provided on or after January 1, 2020
OPEN RECORDS
SB 943 Watson Amends the disclosure requirements for certain governmental contracts under the Public Information Act. January 1, 2020
INVESTMENTS
SB 322 Huffman Requires retirement systems to select a firm to regularly assess the retirement system's investment
practices and performance.
June 10, 2019
HB 793 King Exempts certain small business contracts from the requirement that the contractor certifies that it
does not boycott Israel
May 7, 2019
FUNDING
SB 500 Nelson Supplemental Appropriations bill. June 6, 2019
SB2224 Huffman Requires public retirement systems, including ERS, to adopt a funding policy September 1, 2019