Legislation

The 2018 regular session of the 65th Legislature adjourned March 8.

Below is a list of pension-related bills introduced in 2018. The first section contains bills passed by both houses of the Legislature; bills signed by the governor or otherwise enacted are marked by an asterisk (*). The second section contains bills introduced but not passed. For more information on legislation and the legislative process, visit the Washington State Legislature website.

Pension-Related Bills Passed for the 2018 Session

Select the link on the bill number for detailed information about the legislation

An asterisk (*) indicates the bill was signed by the governor or otherwise enacted into law.
Senate Bill Number House Bill Number Title/Summary
SB 6210* -- Addressing the terms under which tribal schools may participate in the state retirement systems as part of a state-tribal education compact
Allows tribal compact schools the option of participating in Plans 2 or 3 of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and Plans 2 or 3 the School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS). (By request of the Select Committee on Pension Policy.)
SB 6214* -- Allowing industrial insurance coverage for post-traumatic stress disorders of law enforcement and firefighters
Creates a presumption, with regard to firefighters and law enforcement officers who are covered under the state industrial insurance act, that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an occupational disease.
SB 6340* -- Providing a benefit increase to certain retirees of PERS Plan 1 and TRS Plan 1
Provides certain retirees of Plan 1 of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and Plan 1 of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) who are receiving a monthly benefit on July 1, 2017, a one-time benefit adjustment of 1.5% multiplied by their monthly benefit, not to exceed $62.50, effective July 2018. (By request of the Select Committee on Pension Policy.)
-- HB 2701* Addressing the definition of a veteran
Amends the definition of veteran as it relates to determining eligibility for certain pension-related military service benefits for members of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2. (By request of the LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board.)
-- HB 1558* Adding additional employers and job types to membership in PSERS
Adds the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Social and Health Services as Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) employers, and modifies eligibility for the plan to include employees who provide regular nursing care or who ensure the custody and safety of offender, probationary or patient populations at certain state and local government institutions.
-- HB 2786* Concerning membership in LEOFF Plan 2 for firefighters employed by DOC or DSHS and serving at a prison or civil commitment center located on an island
Allows a member of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Firefighters’ (LEOFF) Plan 2 who was a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) while employed by the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) or the state Department of Corrections (DOC) as a firefighter serving at a prison or civil commitment center on McNeil Island to either remain a member of PERS, or become a dual member by leaving any service credit earned as a member of PERS in that system and having all future service earned in LEOFF Plan 2. Or, members may make an election, filed with DRS, to transfer their prior service credit earned as a firefighter for the DOC or DSHS in PERS Plan 2 to LEOFF Plan 2.

Pension-Related Bills Introduced (But Not Passed) for the 2018 Session

Select the link on the bill number for detailed information about the legislation.

Senate Bill Number House Bill Number Title/Summary – As Introduced
SB 5310 -- Allowing TRS retirees who used the 2008 ERFs to return to work as coaches
If enacted as introduced, this bill would allow Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) retirees who retired using the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs) to temporarily return to work as K-12 school coaches for up to 867 hours per calendar year before having their monthly benefits suspended.
SB 5601 -- Concerning teachers' post-retirement employment options 
Current law allows Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) members who retired under the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs) to return to work as K-12 substitute teachers in an instructional capacity for up to 867 hours per calendar year before having their monthly benefits suspended. If enacted as introduced, this bill would remove the requirement that 2008 ERF retiree substitute teachers return to work in an instructional capacity.
SB 6185 -- Removing an expiration date regarding post-retirement employment options
Current law allows Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) members who retired under the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs) to return to work as K-12 substitute teachers in an instructional capacity for up to 867 hours per calendar year before having their monthly benefits suspended. This law is scheduled to expire on Aug. 1, 2020. If approved as introduced, this bill would remove the expiration date.
SB 6213 HB 2633 Addressing the presumption of occupational disease for purposes of workers' compensation by adding medical conditions to the presumption and extending the presumption to certain publicly employed firefighters and investigators and law enforcement
If enacted as introduced, this measure would create a presumption for publicly employed fire investigators who are covered under the industrial insurance act that respiratory disease, heart problems or strokes, cancer and infectious diseases are occupational diseases. The measure would also create a presumption for law enforcement officers who are covered under the state industrial insurance act that heart problems or strokes and infectious diseases are occupational diseases.
SB 6289 HB 2379 Addressing the need for substitutes in schools
If enacted as introduced, this bill would allow School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) members who retired under the 2008 Early Retirement Factors (ERFs) to return to work for up to 867 hours per calendar year before having their monthly benefits suspended.
SB 6290 HB 2323 Addressing cost-of-living adjustments for TRS Plan 1 and PERS Plan 1 retirees
If enacted as introduced, this measure would provide a three percent increase to the monthly benefit paid to retirees in Plan 1 of the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and Plan 1 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) effective July 1, 2018. The increase would apply to retirees receiving a benefit as of Jan. 1, 2018.
SB 6305 HB 2452 Addressing retiree benefits for participants in TRS Plan 1, PERS Plan 1 and the Public Employees' Benefits Board
If enacted as introduced, this measure would provide retirees of Plan 1 of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) and Plan 1 of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) who are receiving a monthly benefit on July 1, 2017, a one-time benefit adjustment of three percent multiplied by their monthly benefit, not to exceed $62.50, effective July 1, 2018.
SB 6370 -- Concerning unreduced retirement age for members of PSERS
If enacted as introduced, this measure would lower the unreduced retirement age for members of the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) from age 60 to age 57 if certain criteria are met.
-- HB 1560 Addressing plan membership default provisions in PERS, TRS and SERS
If this bill is enacted as introduced, Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), School Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) members who don’t choose between Plan 2 and Plan 3 within 90 days of initial employment would default into Plan 2. Currently, such members default into Plan 3.
-- HB 2645 Addressing the definition of veterans of armed conflicts
If enacted as introduced, this measure would update the statutory list of armed conflicts related to determining eligibility for certain pension-related military service benefits for members of state retirement systems.
-- HB 2693 Increasing the mandatory retirement age for Washington State Patrol officers
If enacted as introduced, this measure would increase the mandatory retirement age for Washington State Patrol officers to 68 (from the current age of 65).
-- HB 2719 Concerning the size of cities that must establish a LEOFF Plan 1 disability board
If enacted as introduced, this measure would change the size of the population in which a city is required to establish a Law Enforcement Officers’ and Firefighters’ (LEOFF) Plan 1 disability board having jurisdiction over all members employed by those cities.
-- HB 2819 Concerning PERS-eligible positions, including when an employer must report a retiree to DRS
If enacted as introduced, this measure would require employers to report to the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) a retiree hired into an eligible position and require those hired retirees to affirm having retired from a DRS system. It would also require employers to be liable for any loss to the retirement trust fund should a hired retiree work in excess of post-retirement restrictions.