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2019 LEG PRIORITIES

The following list of Bills that are being considered during the 2019 Winter Washington State Legislative Session reflect the priorities designated by the Senior Lobby Member Organizations.   

 Aging ad Long-Term Support Administration – Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services

  1.  Concerning the protection of vulnerable adults
  2. Regarding Nursing Facility Medicaid Rates
  3. Safe Egress Rooms in Adult Family Homes
  4. funding Investigation to Protect Individuals with Disabilities in the Supported Living program

 


 

WEA-RETIRED LEGISLATIVE GOALS  – 2019-2019

 

Overarching Goals for all TRS, PERS and SERS Plans

  • Ensure continued state contribution toward retiree healthcare coverage
  • Restore Medicare subsidy to at least the previous level and establish it in statute with an annual inflation factor
  • Support defined benefit versus defined contribution retirement plans

Specific Goals for TRS and PERS Plan I

 Establish an annual COLA

  • Continue the plan to eliminate the unfunded liability by adding additional money through an increase in the employer rate

Specific Goals for TRS and SERS Plan II    

  • Allow members to retire at age 62 without penalty
  • Support efforts to reduce pension penalties for those who take early retirement
  • Allow PEBB access when leaving service without drawing retirement
  • Allow members sick leave cash-out at the time of separation from service without penalty
  • Make Plan 2 the default plan for new employees
  • Provide a disability benefit for members of Plan 2 who are permanently disabled and can no longer work

Specific Goals for TRS, PERS and SERS Plan III

  • Allow members to retire at age 62 without penalty
  • Allow five-year vesting without age restrictions
  • Allow members sick leave cash-out at the time of separation from service without penalty
  • Support efforts to reduce pension penalties for those who take early retirement
  • Make Plan 2 the default plan for new members
  • Provide a disability benefit for members of Plan 3 who are permanently disabled and can no longer work

WEA-Retired will support bills that may be submitted to support our goals. WEA-Retired will support the legislative goals of the WEA Active organization.  Legislative action to weaken our pensions or benefits will be opposed.

Modified: October 2018, By the WEA-Retired Legislative Action Team , Adopted by WEA-Retired Board 10/18/18


Washington State School retirees’ Assoc. (WSSRA) – Goals for the 2019 Legislative Session

Protect against cuts.  Potential benefit cuts cold come in the form ofhealth benefit reductions, continued attacks on PLan 1, attempts to reduce the Plan 2/3 COLa, skipping pension funding paments or mvoing state employees to a defined contribution 401 k style retirement plan.

Other important tasks include:

  • Improving Health Benefits
  • Granting a Plan 1 COLA
  • Early Retirement in Plans 2 & 3
  • Plan 2 Default
  • VEBA
  • Monitoring K-12 Funding

 

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