Legislation

Current Legislation

This Legislative update page is designed to keep you informed on possible or actual legislation that may or will have an impact on our pension system’s operation, our pension benefits, or our healthcare benefits. If the Ohio House (HB) or Senate (SB) Bill is highlighted, put your “cursor arrow” on it and “click”. By doing this you will go into the Ohio Legislative Website, where you can get more detail on the Bills. When you are done “click” on the “Back” button and you will be able to return to this page.

PERI is constantly working to make retirees’ desires known to the Ohio General Assembly.

LOCATING YOUR STATE SENATOR AND / OR REPRESENTATIVE

If you call 1-800-282-0253, the operator will be able to tell you the name and phone number of your state Representative and state Senator.

You will need to know your postal zip code plus 4.

You can also locate them by “clicking” on the following:
Ohio General Assembly

The Governor’s phone number is 1-614-466-3555

Click here to send an email to the Govenor.

TO LOCATE YOUR UNITED STATES SENATOR
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TO LOCATE YOUR UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN
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LAST UPDATE February 4, 2015

There have been no bills affecting our pension system introduced, as yet, in the 131 General Assembly, which began in January.

House Bills

H.B. Sponsored by (Representative Watchman)

We will be following this piece of legislation as it works its way through the Ohio House committees, and will inform you of any concers or actions we deem necessary to protect our pensions and benefits.


HB 69 has been set aside for now and the House is working on SB 343.See the Senate verision for further details.

Senate Bills

S.B. No. 03Sponsored by (Senator Faber)

This is the Senate “place Holder” bill for the pension reform legislation (HB 69) originating in the House.

S.B. No. 83 Sponsored by (Senator Faber)

To exclude certain compensation when determining retirement benefits under the Public Employees Retirement System.


S.B. No. 219 Sponsored by (Senator Grendell)

Regarding termination of the disability benefit of a state retirement system member convicted of certain felonies committed while serving in a position of honor, trust, or profit.


Click on this line to search for any other Ohio House or Senate Bills.

SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSET & WINDFALL PROVISIONS

The Government Pension Offset rules (Spouses and widow(er) ) are explained in Social Security’s publication No 05-10007.

The Windfall rules (worker) “A Pension From Work Not Covered By Social Security” are explained in Social Security’s publication No 05-10045.

PERI has been waging a campaign for the elimination of the offset provision since 1983.Every year since, proposed legislation to eliminate the provision has ended up in a House Ways & Means Committee sub-committee.That is a nice way of saying that they were ignored because there was not enough political pressure to push the legislation through congress. For our statement before the committee click on the following link:

Statement for the Record: US House of Representatives.

Statement for the Record: US Senate.

There are currently several bills under consideration. You can “Click” on the links below to learn the specifics of each Bill.

The GPO and WEP take away Social Security benefits earned by many public employees.The Social Security Fairness Act would fully repeal these penalties.
Please contact your United States’ Senator, and urge him, or her, to cosponsor the bill.

H.R. 5697Died in the 113th Session without action.

S. 896Died in the 113th Session without action.

S.484 sponsored by Senator Feinstein (CA).