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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2021 Legislative Update

Cameron EspyLegislative

WEEK 4This week can only be described as having high highs and low lows. The highs included the 2% COLA Bill for active state employees, the Retiree Bonus Bill and the General Fund Budget all passing out of committee. The low was that the ABC Privatization Bill is back. In the House Ways and Means General … Read More

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2021 Legislative Update – Week 3

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After a week break the Legislature returned with three days full of committee meetings and session. Much of the legislation that passed was housekeeping bills, including Sunset Bills that need to be passed by the tenth legislative day.  Two state employee bills passed out of committee this week, including Tier II legislation. On Wednesday, HB … Read More

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2021 Legislative Update – Week 2

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Our retired state employees have not been forgotten this week with the introduction of SB 229, sponsored by Senator Del Marsh. SB 229 would grant a longevity bonus to retired state employees. The formula for calculating the longevity bonus would be $2 per month of service or $300, whichever is greater. The passage of this … Read More

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2021 Legislative Update – Week 1

Cameron EspyLegislative

The landscape has changed because of COVID-19 for the 2021 Legislative Session. This session, which started Tuesday, looks and feels like no other. The public’s access to the State House is limited to appointment only with committee meetings being streamed online. Your membership in ASEA has never been more important as the relationships we have … Read More

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