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. 

Contact Your State Representative and Senator

If you would like to contact your state representative and senator regarding a bill listed on this page, click the below link to compose your own message using SERS’ Legislative Action Center.

Contact Your State Representative and Senator

Contact Congress Regarding Important Issues Affecting SERS Retirees

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.

Contact Your Federal Representative

Current Legislation


117th Congress

 

 Bill
Number
 Sponsor
 Last Actions
 Summary
 Title
 Cosponsors
   H.R. 82 Rep. Rodney Davis
(R-IL)
House –House – 01/04/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Repeals the GPO and WEP. Social Security Fairness Act of 2021 229 co-sponsors;
six Ohioans
H.R. 328 Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) House – 01/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on certain trading transactions. Wall Street Tax Act of 2021 28 co-sponsors; one Ohioan
H.R. 1319 Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) 03/11/2021 Became Public Law No: 117-2. Provides additional relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
H.R. 2337 Rep. Richard Neal House – 04/01/2021 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 noncovered employment and to provide relief for individuals currently affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision. 178 co-sponsors; three Ohioans
S. 1302 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Senate – 04/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions.

34 cosponsors
H.R. 3 Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) House – 04/27/2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations To establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum for Medicare part D enrollees, and for other purposes. Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act 84 cosponsors, three Ohioans

 

133rd General Assembly* and 134th General Assembly**

 Bill
Number
 Sponsor
 Summary
 Title
   HB308 * Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) To provide compensation and benefits to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder and to study the financial and administrative requirements for that fund. POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS FUND  
  HB442 * Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) and Thomas West (D-Canton) Requires pupil services personnel to register with the Department of Education, rather than hold a separate license from the State Board of Education as under prior law. The change applies to school speech language pathologists, audiologists, school nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers, who are licensed by their respective professional boards. OCCUPATIONAL REGULATIONS
  HB110** Scott Oelslager (R- North Canton) To make operating appropriations for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023, to levy taxes, and to provide authorization and conditions for the operation of state programs. OPERATING BUDGET
  HB14** 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. REGARDS STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
  
  
  
 

Laws

SERS is governed by Chapter 3309 of the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Rules.

SERS Statutes – ORC Chapter 3309

SERS Rules – OAC Chapter 3309

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