2021 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

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Yesterday the Alabama Legislature adjourned, passing the General Fund Budget on the last day. After going to Conference Committee to work out differences, both the Senate and House finally agreed and it goes to the Governor for her signature. This 2022 budget funds the 2% COLA that has already been signed by Governor Ivey, as … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – WEEK 12

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One legislative day left and it’s a wrap for the 2021 Legislative Session. The legislature will return on day 30, May 17, and then sine die. Legislators like to leave a week between days 29 and 30 to avoid pocket vetoes by the Governor. All active state employees can rejoice since Governor Ivey signed the COLA Bill, HB … Read More

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Governor Ivey Makes Pay Raises for Teachers and State Employees Official, Signs Senate Bill 188, House Bill 320 into Law

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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 188, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr and Rep. Bill Poole, into law, making teacher pay raises official. She also put her signature on House Bill 320 for state employee pay increases. During her state of the state address, Governor Ivey proposed a two percent pay … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – WEEK 11

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As we head into the homestretch of this Legislative Session, this update is bittersweet as we have exciting news for active state employees and disappointing news for our retirees.  Let’s start with the good news! The 2% COLA passed the Senate 28-0 on Thursday. HB 320, sponsored by Representative Kelvin Lawrence, provides for a 2% COLA … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – WEEK 10

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Earlier this week we shared the good news with our retired members that SB 394, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton, passed out the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee on Wednesday. SB 394 creates the State Employee Retirees’ Trust Fund to be managed and controlled by the members of the State Employees’ Retirement System … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Week 9

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New legislation this week is SB 394, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton, which would create the State Employee Retirees’ Trust Fund Funding Act and the State Employee Retirees’ Trust Fund created in State Treasury. These would be permanent trust and investment accounts to fund periodic bonus checks for retired state employees. Bonuses and increases would … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – WEEK 8

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Days 19, 20, and 21 were filled with tense discussion on controversial bills. Thankfully these bills were not state employee related but filibustering definitely made the legislative process slow to a crawl in the House of Representatives with the Senate moving much swifter. State employees bills that did move this week include HB 80 and HB … Read More

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2021 Legislative Update – Week 7

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After a week off the Legislature returned to tackle the last half of the session.  This week HB 264, sponsored by Representative Reed Ingram, passed the House of Representatives. HB 264 modifies Tier II for state employees allowing active state employees to convert sick leave into creditable service (up to 180 days), retire after 30 … Read More

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2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Week 6

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Days 15 and 16 of the 2021 Legislative Session were relatively quiet in regard to active and retired state employee issues – at times that can be a blessing. The Senate passed the Education Budget while the House of Representatives took up a slew of controversial bills. The Legislature will be on Spring Break next … Read More

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2021 Legislative Update – Week 5

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The 2021 Legislative Session is almost halfway through and state employees are one step closer to seeing a COLA in their October 1 paycheck with the passage of HB 320, sponsored by Representative Kelvin Lawrence. HB 320 passed the House of Representatives on Thursday 101-1. A big thank you to Representative Lawrence and Representative Clouse … Read More

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