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2021 House Bill 4375: Revise school pension funding detail for “double dipping” substitutes
Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R) on February 25, 2021
To permit public school teachers and other staff who retire and begin collecting a pension and retiree health insurance benefits to return to work in a school district and claim both a paycheck and a pension check if at least 12 months have passed since the "retirement." Under current law, with some exeptions retirees who "double dip" get reduced benefits. The bill would also repeal requirements that school districts must pay 100% of the unfunded pension benefit liability associated with employing a retired staffer, and instead require the state cover this liability.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 25, 2021
Reported in the House on March 22, 2022
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
To permit public school teachers and other staff who retire and begin collecting a pension to return to work in a school district and claim both a paycheck and a pension check if at least 12 months have passed since the "retirement." Under current law, with some exceptions for hard-to-fill positions, retirees who "double dip" get reduced benefits. The bill would also repeal a requirement that a school district must pay the unfunded pension benefit liability contributions associated with employing a retired teacher, and extend for 10 years a 2021 sunset on allowing retirees to fill certain high-demand positions and collecting both a paycheck and pension check.
Received in the Senate on May 5, 2022
Referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee on May 5, 2022
Reported in the Senate on May 18, 2022
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.

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