2019 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – DAYS 22, 23, AND 24

Cameron EspyUncategorized

In my memory I cannot remember a more successful week for state employees at the Legislature. We did it – the COLA Bill, HB 166, sponsored by Representative Kelvin Lawrence, passed the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to Governor Ivey for her signature. This 2% COLA will be paid in your October 1 paycheck. This COLA is a result … Read More

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2019 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE- DAYS 19, 20, AND 21

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We always say, “the more members we have, the stronger our voice.” As indicated below, your membership and voice in ASEA is being heard. The results of this week speak for itself. The General Fund Budget, HB 152, sponsored by Representative Steve Clouse, and the COLA Bill, HB 166, sponsored by Representative Kelvin Lawrence, passed the Senate Finance and Taxation … Read More

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2019 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – DAYS 16, 17, and 18

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It is always a welcome change to report good news. This week four bills that improve the lives of state employees moved closer to passage. This is your association at work and I hope you will spread the word about ASEA. Feel free to forward this email! SB 72, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, passed out of the House Ways and … Read More

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2019 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – DAYS 14 AND 15

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Thursday marked day 15, the halfway mark, for the 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Rumors are rampant that this session could end as soon as the end of the month. This could impact the passage of some of the bills below we are tracking. Good news for those state employees who are topped out! SB 72, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, passed … Read More

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2019 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – DAYS 12 AND 13

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This week the lottery bill picked up speed, passing the Senate Tourism Committee on Tuesday and the full Senate on Thursday. SB 220, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton, would establish a state lottery, but would limit video/touchscreen lottery. As amended, paper and instant tickets could also be purchased electronically. SB 220 was also amended to allow the lottery proceeds to … Read More

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2019 Legislative Update – Days 10 and 11

Cameron EspyUncategorized

In 2012 there was sweeping pension reform and Tier II was enacted to save the state money. Employees hired after January 1, 2013 were placed in Tier II.    From the beginning, ASEA opposed these changes and stated that they would not be attractive to those employees who wanted to make a career with the state. What we have seen … Read More

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2019 Legislative Update – Days 8 and 9

Cameron EspyUncategorized

In every edition of the Insider I write in some form or fashion about the power of membership. In my articles, I often ask you to talk to those co-workers who are not members and ask them to join ASEA. After this week and our successes, I sure hope you do just that. The good news started on Tuesday with the House … Read More

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2019 Legislative Update – Days 5,6,7

Cameron EspyUncategorized

The Legislature returned after Spring Break and many of our bills were in committee this week. The COLA Bill, HB 166, has passed out of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee. The bill, as amended, will now be called the Dimitri Polizos State Employee Pay Raise Act after his untimely death last week. We will miss our friend … Read More

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2019 Legislative Update – Week 3

Cameron EspyUncategorized

What a week it has been! The regular legislative session started again Tuesday and hundreds of new pieces of legislation were introduced, including the General Fund Budget, a 2% COLA for state employees, and even a lottery bill. Many of our retired members have reached out about a pay increase, but rest assured, we are working on retired state employee … Read More

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