SERS is governed by Chapter 3309 of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Rules.
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.
SERS closely monitors legislative activities and, when appropriate, provides testimony or otherwise educates Ohio legislators, congressional representatives, and regulatory agencies on the impact of these proposals.
H.B. 49 OPERATING BUDGET Ryan Smith (H93-R-Gallipolis) Creates FY 2018-2019 main operating budget.
CURRENT STATUS: SERS COLA provisions effective 09/29/2017
S.B. 8 SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE AND TECHNOLOGY Randy Gardner (S2-R-Bowling Green), Louis Terhar (S8-R-Cincinnati) To require the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security. Contains SERS’ COLA delay amendment
CURRENT STATUS: Effective 3/23/2018
H.B. 708 PUBLIC PENSION DOUBLE DIPPING John Becker (H65-R-Cincinnati) To enact “Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP)” legislation to provide that an individual retiring on or after the effective date of this Act from one of the state’s public retirement systems who is re-employed as a public employee will not receive the pension portion of the retirement allowance for the period of employment.
Current Status: Introduced 6/20/2018
SPONSOR: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
LAST ACTIONS: 04/24/2017 – Referred to the Committee on Finance
CAPTION: Amends title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions.
COMMENT: The Social Security Fairness Act of 2017. Repeals the GPO and WEP. S.915 has 27 co-sponsors.
SPONSOR: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
LAST ACTIONS: 03/06/2017 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security
CAPTION: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government Pension Offset and windfall elimination provisions. Companion bill to S. 915.
COMMENT: H.R. 1205 has 191 co-sponsors including seven Ohioans: Beatty, Fudge, Joyce, Kaptur, Ryan, Stivers and Turner.
SPONSOR: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
LAST ACTIONS: 06/28/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
CAPTION: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for reporting and disclosure by State and local public employee retirement pension plans.
COMMENT: H.R. 6290 has four cosponsors; none from Ohio.
SPONSOR: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
LAST ACTION: 09/27/2018 – Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
CAPTION: 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.
COMMENT: The Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act. Replaces the current arbitrary WEP with a new proportional formula; includes a rebate for current retirees. Has one co-sponsor; none from Ohio.
If you would like to contact your Ohio State Representative and Senator on these bills, the link to the contact information is below:Write to Your Ohio State Representative and Senator
Contacting your congressional delegates legislators is easy using SERS’ Legislative Action Center. By entering your ZIP code, you’ll have access to the contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of your federal legislators.