Important Legislative Updates


New WEP Reform Bill Introduced

(10/2/19) – Richard Neal (D-MA), a U.S. representative from a non-Social Security state, has reintroduced legislation to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).


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Legislation

SERS and its members can be significantly affected by legislation enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and Congress. The impact of legislation and federal regulatory activities on SERS and other public retirement systems has increased in recent years.

As a trust fund for the retirement contributions of members and employers, SERS closely monitors state and federal legislation that could adversely affect its mission to provide retirement security for Ohio’s school employees. When appropriate, SERS provides testimony or otherwise educates Ohio legislators, congressional representatives, and regulatory agencies on the impact of these proposals.

While SERS is not a government agency, it is subject to rules governing public employers in the state of Ohio. 

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Current Legislation


116th Congress

 Bill
Number
 Sponsor
 Last Actions
 Summary
 Title
 Cosponsors
   H.R. 141 Rep. Rodney Davis
(R-IL)
House – 01/31/2019
Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security
Repeals the GPO and WEP. Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 255 co-sponsors;
nine Ohioans
  H.R. 748 Rep. Joe Courtney
(D-CT)
Senate – 07/23/2020  Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held.  Initially introduced as a repeal of the health care “Cadillac Tax.” Ultimately became vehicle for COVID-19 relief legislation. CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) 369 co-sponsors;
14 Ohioans
  H.R. 4763 Rep. Marcy Kaptur
(D-OH)
House – 10/18/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Extends the limited wraparound coverage pilot program for an additional 5 years, and for other purposes Wraparound Health Coverage Protection Act Eight co-sponsors all of whom are
Ohioans
  S. 521 Sen. Sherrod Brown
(D-OH)
Senate – 02/14/2019
Referred to Committee on Finance
Repeals the GPO and WEP. Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 38 co-sponsors
  S. 684 Sen. Martin Heinrich
(D-NM)
Senate – 03/06/2019
Referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986 to repeal
the excise tax on high cost
employer-sponsored health
coverage; Repeals the health
care “Cadillac Tax.”
Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 63 co-sponsors;
two Ohioans
  H.R. 3934 Rep. Kevin Brady
(R-TX)
House – 07/24/2019
Referred to the House
Committee
on Ways and Means
To amend title II of the Social
Security Act to replace the windfall
elimination provision with a formula
equalizing benefits for certain
individuals with non-covered
employment, and for other purposes.
Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2019 48 co-sponsors;
three Ohioans
 H.R.4540 Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) House – 09/27/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide an equitable Social Security formula for individuals with non-covered employment and to provide relief for individuals currently affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision. In progress 143 co-sponsors; four Ohioans
  S. 2543 Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Senate – 09/25/2019 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.

 

This bill alters several programs and requirements relating to the prices of prescription drugs under Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 zero cosponsors
 H.R. 3 Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Senate – 09/08/2020 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders This bill establishes several programs and requirements relating to the prices of prescription drugs, health care coverage and costs, and public health. Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act 106 co-sponsors; two Ohioans

 

133rd General Assembly

 Bill
Number
 Sponsor
 Summary
 Title
   SB10  Steve Wilson
(R-Maineville)
To expand the penalties for theft in office based on the amount stolen and to include as restitution audit costs of the entity that suffered the loss.  THEFT IN OFFICE PENALTIES
  HB326 Adam Miller (D – Columbus) To allow a Public Employees Retirement System or School Employees Retirement System disability benefit recipient elected to certain offices to continue receiving a disability benefit during the term of office. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT-DISABILITY BENEFIT
  HCR13 Thomas West (D- Canton), Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) To encourage equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards and in senior management of Ohio companies and institutions. GENDER REPRESENTATION
  HB46 Dave Greenspan (D – Westlake) To require the Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database STATE GOVT EXPENDITURE DATABASE
  HB530 Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) Regarding state retirement system fiduciary duties, Public Employees Retirement System management fees and employee pay, and creating the Committee on Pension Salaries and Fees OPERS PROTECTION
  HB514 Brigid Kelly (D – Cincinnati) Haraz Ghanbari (R – Perrysburg) To require the state retirement systems to publicly broadcast board meetings BROADCAST RETIREMENT BOARD MEETINGS
  HB515 Brigid Kelly (D – Cincinnati) Haraz Ghanbari (R – Perrysburg) To require the boards of the state retirement systems to disclose certain financial information regarding alternative investments RETIREMENT SYSTEMS – FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES
  HB516 Brigid Kelly (D – Cincinnati) Haraz Ghanbari (R – Perrysburg) Regarding the prohibition against the state retirement systems doing business with a former state retirement system employee, officer, or board member. FORMER STATE RETIREMENT PERSONNEL
  HB197 Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) To continue essential operations of state government and maintain the continuity of the state tax code in response to the declared pandemic and global health emergency related to COVID-19, to make appropriations, and to declare an emergency. OMNIBUS MEASURES ON CORONAVIRUS

Laws

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