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July 19, 2016 - Paul Barden Testifies at SCPP

Watch this video of Paul Barden testifying at the Select Committee on July 19th.  Because of his history as a legislator, county council man and police officer this testimony has significant weight..

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July 14, 2016 - Merger Study Links

This article is a listing of various documents that relate to the proposed merger.  See the full article for the links.

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July 5, 2016 - Merger Study Gidelines

Note to readers:  The study can be quite complicated as there are a number of technical actuarial issues that most lay people are not able to address well.  I have listed here a series of questions that might be helpful.  I encourage you to use your own words and to investigate a bit by reading the Bill Report and the Fiscal Note for SB 6166.  See http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6668&year=2015.  That information will help you develop your own questions or to elaborate on the suggested questions listed here.  Yes, I know it is a pain.

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June 23, 2016 - Select Committe Merger Study

The legislature created a study to review the bill and the concept as well as the LEOFF 1/LEOFF 2 merger from 2011 and the earlier Medical Benefits Study.  On June 21st the Select Committee on Pension Policy conducted it's first meeting to define how the study will be conducted.

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April 20, 2016 - An Update

SB 6668, merger bill, finally died.  However, the legislature created a study to review the bill and the concept as well as the LEOFF 1/LEOFF 2 merger from 2011 and the earlier Medical Benefits Study.  Then, the governor vetoed the funding for the study.

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March 18, 2016 - An Update

We remain concerned that as long at the legislature is in session SB 6668, merger bill, could still be passed.  However, this bill is what is called substantive and as such cannot be simply put into the budget as a line item.  Of course the legislature has been known to not follow their own rules.

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March 11, 2016 - Is SB 6668 dead?

We have been advised that Senate Bill 6668, the merger bill, is dead for this legislative session. But a Special Session was declared yesterday so the possibility of this bill coming back to life still exists.

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February 28, 2016 - SB 6668 – Why?

It seems a simple proposition designed to mend a serious unfunded liability in the Teachers Retirement System Plan 1 (TRS 1).  That system has a significant deficit and is funded only at the level of 69%.

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February 24, 2016 - Here we go again!  A new merger bill!

A LEOFF I merger bill, was introduced early Wednesday morning (February 24, 2016).  The bill if passed, would merge the LEOFF I retirement system with Teachers (TERS I) retirement system. 

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January 21, 2016 - SB 5873 - Creating another opportunity for LEOFF Plan 1 retirees to designate a spouse as a survivor beneficiary. If enacted, this bill would allow a LEOFF Plan 1 retiree a chance to name as survivor a spouse he or she married after retiring. To qualify, the marriage would need to have spanned at least two years before Sept. 1, 2015

This bill is now showing on the list of Pension Bills before the Legislature. It is time to write your legislators and urge passage.

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February 9, 2015A bill dealing with survivor benefits was just dropped in the Senate. This bill is sponsored by Senators Conway, Bailey, Schoesler, Kohl-Welles and had its first reading on Feb 6. It was referred to Ways & Means. As yet I see no companion House bill.

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February 7, 2015:  Week 4 of the current legislative session has come to an end.  There is no news to report in reference to LEOFF 1 issues.  Thankfully we are still off the radar.

LEOFF 2 does have some action:                                                                                             

The primary goal is to maintain the pension contribution rates adopted by the LEOFF 2 Board and uphold the authority of the LEOFF 2 board to set actuarial assumptions and contribution rates for the plan.  A second goal is get the legislature to renew its commitment to the The Local Government Public Safety Enhancement Account that was established in 2009 to provide revenue to the LEOFF pension system and local government public safety.

These are items that will be included in the budget. Both are currently included in the Governor's proposed budget: HB 1106 and  SB 5077

January 25, 2015:  On January 12th, the legislature began its 64th session.  This is a budget session where the legislature will be writing the two year budget for the state.  It should be an interesting time for a number of reasons.  First, of course, is the fact that there are two very distinct views on the budget needs of the State.  The democrats control the house and have one view while the republicans control the senate with a different view. 

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December 27, 2014:  The recent pension law changes for multiemployer plans continue to raise alarms.  Today another article appeared in the Seattle Times discussing this legislation.  While this does not impact LEOFF 1 it certainly is cause to pay very close attention to the actions of the legislators in the session that starts in just a few days.

Tucked into the federal spending bill President Obama signed last week was a provision that allows “multiemployer” pension plans to cut retirees’ pension checks to avoid running out of money. But some worry that may eventually lead to similar rules for other pension plans.

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March 9, 2014 -- Week eight (March 3 - 8) is over and just six days remain until the Legislature adjourns -- Thursday of next week.  After 5 PM today, March 7, the only remaining business will be finalizing the budget, bill necessary to implement the budget, and reconciling the differences between bill that have passed both the Senate and the House.

At this point, it continues to appear that LEOFF 1 has not been impacted or hurt by actions during this session. 

February 2, 2013 - We received some sad news this month. 

Retired Fire Fighter and former State Senator Larry Vognild passed away on January 4, 2014. Larry was a retired City of Everett Battalion Chief. Larry was recruited to run against incumbent Senator August Mardesich, an ardent opponent of the State pension systems. Mardesich was the leader along with Representative Helen Sommers, Representative Joe Taller and Senator Bud Shinpoch in closing LEOFF I and establishing the Plan II. Senator Vognild quickly became a leader in the Senate, held office for 16 years and remained a friend of the fire and police. Larry often weighed in on LEOFF issues that have surfaced since he left the Senate.

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September 1, 2013 

It has been a real delight to have the legislature out of session.  That has provided a bit of extra time to enjoy this great summer.  We have had our ears to the ground, and so far, the have been no indications of any planned legislation that might impact LEOFF 1. 

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July 2, 2013

The 2013 legislative session is finally over -- only one overtime period.  While we had a scare with one bad bill, we managed to get through the session with no impact on the pension.

Unfortunately it no looks like we will need to be prepared and to fight a battle in every session of the legislature.  That means we need to stay alert, organized and agressive in protecting the pension.

April 28, 2013

On Sunday April 28th the legislature adjourned the 105-day regular special session. Governor Jay Inslee announced that he will call the legislature into a special 30-day session beginning on May 13th.  SB 5916, was introduced and passed out of committee during the final days of session. However, it did not make it to the floor. Senator Barbara Bailey was a sponsor of this bill. Her office reports that the bill will not be moving forward this year.

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April 24, 2013

SB 5916 passed out of Ways & Means with a “do pass“ recommendation on Tuesday, April 23rd. It is bad bill for both LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2.

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