2018 Legislative Update – Week 12

Cameron EspyLegislative

Sine die. The 2018 Legislative Session, unlike the past nine years, ended on a positive note. It is so nice to be able to recap with good news rather than bad. We were victorious in our accomplishments! After 26 legislative days ASEA was able to secure a 3% COLA for state employees and a one-time bonus for retired state employees. … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 11

Cameron EspyLegislative

Sign, sealed, and delivered. Yesterday, Governor Kay Ivey signed the 3% COLA for active state employees, the one-time bonus for retired state employees, and the General Fund Budget. A huge thank you to the Governor, Senator Tripp Pittman, Senator Clyde Chambliss, Senator Gerald Dial, Representative Steve Clouse, Representative Dimitri Polizos, Representative Kerry Rich and mostly importantly a big thanks to … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 10

Cameron EspyLegislative

Take the opportunity to celebrate the passage of the pay increase for active and retired state employees today! On Tuesday, SB 185, the COLA Bill, and SB 215, the Retiree Bonus Bill, passed out of the House of Representatives. Both bills and the General Fund Budget went back to the Senate for concurrence and on Thursday SB 185, the COLA … Read More

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COLA AND RETIREE BONUS PASSES HOUSE

Cameron EspyLegislative

They passed! SB 185, the COLA Bill, and SB 215, the Retiree Bonus Bill passed the House of Representatives today. ASEA is proud of achieving this goal – a pay increase for active and retired state employees. SB 185 gives active state employees a 3% COLA on October 1, 2018. SB 215, as passed out of the House, gives retired … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 9

Cameron EspyLegislative

The finish line is so close; just one more hurdle to conquer until active and retired state employees can celebrate a pay increase. On Wednesday, SB 185, the COLA Bill, and SB 215, the Retiree Bonus Bill, passed out of the Ways and Means General Fund Committee. Both bills and the General Fund budget now go to the House floor … Read More

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Legislative Update – Week 8

Cameron EspyLegislative

Hallelujah! We are one step closer to a pay increase for active and retired state employees. ASEA is thrilled that all of our hard work is paying off. On Tuesday, SB 185, the COLA Bill, and SB 215, the Retiree Bonus Bill, passed out of the Senate. SB 215 was amended for retirees to receive $1 for every month worked. … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 7

Cameron EspyLegislative

To say this week was a roller coaster would be accurate. On Tuesday, the General Fund Budget, SB 178, passed out of the Senate while the Senate carried over SB 185, the COLA Bill. While alarming at the time, the hold-up was due to the fact that the Retiree Bonus Bill, SB 215, had not been moved out of committee. … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 6

Cameron EspyLegislative

As you read in the email update that was sent on Wednesday, state employees are making strides towards a COLA. SB 185, as amended, passed out of the Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee passed with a 15-0 vote. You cannot get better than a unanimous vote! During the meeting, Chairman Trip Pittman referenced ASEA and our work to not … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 5

Cameron EspyLegislative

It’s back! Yes, the ABC Privatization Bill has returned. Like before, SB 298, sponsored by Senator Arthur Orr, would phase out all state run liquor stores by 2023 and would cause ABC employees to lose their jobs and benefits. As in years past, ASEA will continue to fight this bill and will remind those legislators of the revenue that ABC … Read More

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2018 Legislative Update – Week 4

Cameron EspyLegislative

Week 4 of the legislative session has ended and things remain relatively calm. This friendlier atmosphere bodes well for state employees as we continue to push pay raises for active and retired state employees SB 217, sponsored by Senator Clyde Chambliss, passed out of the Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday and the full Senate Thursday. It now goes to House. The … Read More

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