02/18/19 -- HB 77 -- Exempts certain retirees from paying into their pension system

Bill Number: 
HB 77
Bill Purpose: 
Exempts certain retirees from paying into their pension system
Date of Vote: 
02/18/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 77, filed by Representative Rusty Black (Republican - District 7) was created to address an error with legislation passed last session.  That legislation created a bizarre scenario in which former Community College workers who had retired from the system and were receiving a pension would be forced to continue paying into that pension system if they decided to work part time during their retirement.  While I was not there when the original bill passed, I am told that this was an unintended consequence.

While I admit to not being fully informed regarding the issue's backstory, on its face it seems reasonable, so I voted yes.  I did vote no on the separate vote on the emergency clause, however.  I don't feel this is an important enough issue to warrant rushing the bill's effective date.  The bill did pass, as did the emergency clause.