Legislative Activity Related to ERS

The 87th Texas Legislature started January 12, 2021. Check this page regularly for updates on bills that could affect ERS-administered benefit programs.

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BillAuthorSummaryStatus
Board of Trustees
 
SB 620LucioPermits but does not require a retiree to serve as an elected Board member.Pending in Finance 4/12/21
HB 917HernandezPermits but does not require one retiree to serve as an elected Board
member.
Received in the Senate 4/12/21
Chapter 615
(Survivor benefits for officers killed in the line of duty)
HB 637CanalesWould add a presumption that a first responder who died of COVID- 19 acquired the disease while on duty, and that any eligible survivor would be entitles to benefits under Chapter 615, Government Code.Pending in House Business and
Industry 3/30/21
HB 1498MartinezReferred to House Business
and Industry 3/5/21
HB 2946CyrierMakes survivors of Texas Military Forces members killed while on
active duty eligible for Chapter 615 benefits.
Referred to House Appropriations 3/18/21
 Funding

HB 2186GatesResets the base state contribution to the retirement system to 10%, and adds an additional contribution to require the actuarially determined contribution.Referred to House
Appropriations 3/15/21
HB 3397MurphyRequires the state and member contribution to the ERS trust fund to equal the actuarial detemined contribution.Voted out of House PIFS 4/9/21
SB 976PerryRequires every base budget prepared by the LBB to include an actuarially determine contribution to the ERS trust fund. Referred to Finance 3/11/21
HB 3898AnchiaRequires ERS to provide updated funding policies to members and retirees.Voted out of house  PIFS 4/9/21
HJR 148BonnenIf approved, would permit the Legislature to appropriate additional contributions to the ERS trust fund.Referred to House Appropriations 3/29/21
SJR 53    HuffmanReferred to Finance 3/18/21
HJR 138MurphyIf approved, would limit state contributions to the ERS trust fund.Referred to House Appropriations 3/22/21
HJR 73CanalesProposes to amend the Texas Constitution to increase the minimum state contribution to the ERS ad TRS to seven percent. Referred to House Appropriations 3/11/21
HB 2707BonnenAmends the Government Code to conform the statutorily required contribution to conform with the current 9.5% contribution.Referred to House Appropriations 3/17/21
SB 321HuffmanReferred to Finance 3/9/21
Insurance
SB 1127PowellChanges GBP eligibility for members of the state military forces.Referred to Finance 3/18/21
Insurance - Coverages
HB 1722    GoodwinRequires health plans, including the GBP, to cover mental health services using telemedicine.    Referred to House Insurance 3/10/21
HB 4115OliversonProhibits certain ambulance providers from balance billing health plans, including the GBP.Referred to House Insurance 3/29/21
SB 999Hancock Pending in Senate Business and Commerce 4/7/21
HB 571GatesRequires ERS to establish a program to bundle certain health-care benefits, such as facility, provider, and drug prices for common procedures, in order to reduce member and plan costs.Pending in House  PIFS 4/7/21
HB 440JohnsonProhibits health plans, including the GBP, from refusing to cover hearing aids that cost more than the plan's covered benefit.Voted out of House Insurance 3/30/21
HB 240ThompsonRequires health plans, including the GBP, to cover the condition known as "serious emotional disturbance" in children.Referred to Insurance 4/13/21
SB 51ZaffiriniReferred to Business & Commerce 3/3/21
SB 1329HinojosaRequires health plans, including the GBP, to cover telehealth speech therapy.Referred to Business & Commerce 3/18/21
Insurance - Other 
HB 1774TinderholtRequires ERS to develop health care plan for elected officials similar to TRS health plan.Referred to House PIFS 3/10/21
HB 1427    ShaheenRequires health care vendors that contract with the state to disclose rate information to legislators, subject to a non-disclosure agreement.    Voted out of House State Affairs 4/12/21
Insurance - Pharmacy
HB 82Lucio IIICaps a monthly co-pay on insulin for health plans, including the GBP, at $100 a month.Referred to House Insurance 2/25/21
HB 40    Talarico    Caps a monthly co-pay on insulin for health plans, including the GBP, at $100 a month.    Referred to House Insurance 4/6/21
 
HB 907JohnsonProhibits health plans, including the GBP, from requiring preauthorization for prescriptionn drugs used to treat chronic and autoimmune diseases.Voted out of House Insurance 3/30/21
SB 2043MenedezReferred to Business& Commerce 3/31/21
 Investments

SB 483SchwertnerRequires ERS to produce a biennial report of investment returns.Referred to Finance 3/9/21
HB 3047WhiteRequires Texa$aver to offer an investment option that excludes investment in Chinese companines. Referred to House PIFS 3/19/21
HB 1657    WhiteProhibits the investment of certain assets in certain foreign companies that do not have transparency.    Referred to House PIFS 3/9/21
HB 1665WhiteRequires the development of an investment database of companies that do not have transparency.Referred to House PIFS 3/9/21
HB 2189KingProhibits ERS and other state entities from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott fossil fuel companies.Voted out of House State Affairs 4/12/21
SB 1372HuffmanAdds additional analysis and reporting of a retirement system's investment, including ERS. Recommended for Local/Uncontested Calendar 4/9/21
Retirement
Retirement - Elected Class
HB 2741RaymondAmends eligibilty for certain elected class members to retire.Referred to House PIFS 3/17/21
HB 4171MiddletonRequires legislator to pass a drug test for eligibility to receive a retirement annuity.Referred to House PIFS 3/29/21
Retirement - Employee Class
HB 1437    GatesRequires the ERS Board to develop and implement a hybrid retirement plan for new members effective not later than 9/1/2023.    Referred to House PIFS 3/5/21
SB 1204SchwertnerRequires every actuarial experience study to report on and recomment certain ways to change the retirmenet plan.Referred to Finance 3/18/21
HB 482SchwertnerRequires ERS and TRS to each publish a biennial study about the cost
and feasibility of implementing a defined contribution retirement plan,
both for current and new members.
Referred to Finance 3/9/21
HB 4534GatesRequires ERS to conduct an interim study regarding the retirement plan and alternatives.Pending in House PIFS 4/7/21
HB 3685CapringlioneCreates an interim legislative study regarding the ERS defined benefit
plan and alternative plans.
Referred to House Admin 4/9/21
HB 2936FrankCreates new optional retirement benefit.Voted out of House PIFS 4/9/21
HB 1028GatesRequires the ERS Board to develop and implement a defined contribution retirement plan for new members effective not later than 9/1/2023.Referred to House PIFS 3/4/21
HB 1438    GatesRequires the ERS Board to develop and implement a cash balance retirement plan for new members effective not later than 9/1/2023.    Referred to House PIFS 3/5/21
HB 1439    GatesRequires the ERS Board to develop and implement a lump-sum retirement plan for new members effective not later than 9/1/2023.    Referred to House PIFS 3/5/21
SB 1621BettencourtWould make public employees ineligible for retirement if they were convicted of certain crimes.Referred to State Affairs 3/24/21
HB 2187    GatesEstablishes a new retirement benefit tier for ERS members hired on or after September 1, 2021, and increases the member contribution for those individuals to 10.5%.    Referred to House PIFS 3/15/21
HB 1847AllenProvides for an annuity increase, a COLA, and an additional payment for current ERS retirees.Referred to House PIFS 3/11/21
Retirement - JRS Plan 1 & Plan 2
HB 1876SchofieldAdjusts base salaries for state judges and justices.Pending in House Judiciary and
Civil Jurisprudence 3/17/21
HB 1880SchofieldAdjusts base salaries for district judges.Pending in House Judiciary and
Civil Jurisprudence 3/17/21
Retirement - Law Enforcement and Custodial Officer Supplemental Retirement Fund (LECOSRF)
HB 4286KingProhibits peace officers who are dishonorably discharged from receiving a retirement annuity.
 
Referred to House Homeland
Security and Public Safety
4/15/21
SB 1819BettencourtReferred to Senate Jurisprudence 3/26/21
SB 1071HinojosaAdjusts disability retirement benefits for certain peace officers.Referred to Finance 3/18/21
HB 3393MezaAllows the Board of Trustees to adopt a rule allowing Juvenile Justice
correctional officers to participate in LECOS if the ERS trust fund is
sound.
Referred to House PIFS 3/22/21