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. 

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.

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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.

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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 218 co-sponsors;
eight Ohioans
  H.R. 748 Rep. Joe Courtney
(D-CT)
House – 07/22/2019
Read the second time. Placed  on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders.
Repeals the health care
“Cadillac Tax.”
Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 369 co-sponsors;
14 Ohioans
  H.R. 1398 Rep. Ami Bera
(D-CA)
House – 02/27/2019
Referred to the Committee
on Ways and Means, and Committee
on Energy and Commerce
Delays the health care HIF tax. Health Insurance Relief Act of 2019 128 co-sponsors;
seven 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 35 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 62 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 33 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 42 co-sponsors

 

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

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