Allen Kerr’s HB 1019, to remove one year of unfunded retirement benefits for county and some city elected officials, will be heard in the Joint Public Retirement Committee in Room 130 of the State Capitol at 9:30 am on Monday, March 7th.
This bill simply removes the unfunded additional year that currently only county and some city elected officials receive in the Public Retirement System. This special privilege gives the elected official 2 years of credit for every one year served in the system, more commonly known as the two-for-one benefit. This costs taxpayers $1.1 million dollars each year and NO ONE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY receives this benefit! Another bill, HB 1146 allows them to keep the perk but will make their employers pay for it. One or the other of these bills needs to pass.
All citizens concerned with open and efficient government need to call or email the committee members listed here to ask them to support HB1019.
Joint Public Retirement and Social Security Committee:
(R) Senator Johnny Key (D-1)
(R) Rep. Les “Skip” Carnine (D-94)
(D) Senator Joyce Elliott (D-33)
(D) Rep. Butch Wilkins (D-74)
(D) Senator Jimmy Jeffress (D-24)
(D) Senator Jim Luker (D-17)
(D) Senator Gene Jeffress (D-25)
(D) Senator David Wyatt (D-12)
(R) Senator Jason Rapert (D-18)
(R) Senator Bill Sample (D-19)
(R) Senator Jeremy Hutchinson (D-22)
(D) Senator Mike Fletcher (D-27)
(D) Rep. Johnnie J. Roebuck (D-20)
(D) Rep. Randy Stewart (D-23)
(R) Rep. Tim Summers (D-99)
(D) Rep. Mark Perry (D-44)
(D) Rep. Jim Nickels (D-43)
(R) Rep. Allen Kerr (D-32)
(D) Rep. Homer Lenderman (D-76)
(R) Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh (D-66)
Alternate Committee Members:
(D) Rep. Fred Allen (D-33)
(D) Rep. Billy W. Gaskill (D-78)
(D) Rep. Toni Bradford (D-18)
(R) Rep. Duncan Baird (D-95)
(R) Rep. Robert E. Dale (D-70)
(D) Rep. Jody Dickinson (D-58)
(D) Rep. James Ratliff (D-73)
(R) Rep. Josh Johnston (D-59)
(R) Rep. Nate Bell (D-22)
(D) Rep. Efrem Elliott (D-11)
The number for the House of Representatives is 501-682-6211 and for the Senate’s is 501-682-2902. Please call and leave a message for the committee members.
Please forward this email to as many people as you can so we can put some pressure on the legislators to lift some of the burden on taxpayers and attend the committee meeting if you can.