Less Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom – 2014 Legislative Session Day 15

In the Appropriations Committee today we’re hearing testimony on two bills and may take Executive Action on four bills. House Bill 2479 removes the ability for a retiree of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System Plan 2 (LEOFF 2) to return to work and receive a LEOFF 2 retirement allowance in a position that would normally be qualified for LEOFF 2 except for specified reasons and suspends a LEOFF 2 retiree’s pension, even if the position they are working in is not qualified for LEOFF 2 for additional reasons, including: (1) if a position is less than full-time, (2) if a position is less than fully compensated, (3) if a position is not fully commissioned, (4) if a position includes additional non-LEOFF duties, or (5) if a retiree is designated as an independent contractor.

House Bill 2485 provides the survivor of a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System Plans 2 or 3 (PERS 2/3) that was a registered domestic partner of a member prior to December 1, 2008, was married to the member prior to January 1, 2013, was the designated beneficiary of the member, and was predeceased by the member prior to January 1, 2014, the option to designate themselves as a survivor beneficiary and receive a joint and 50 percent survivor benefit.

The four bills that may see Executive Action are House Bills 1072, 2408, 2436, and 2456.

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