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House Bill Number Title
*HB 1263 PSERS Employer Definition
SCPP Request Bill. This bill modifies the employer definition within PSERS to include correctional entities formed by PSERS employers under the Interlocal Cooperation Act (RCW 39.34).
*HB 1625 Default Investment Option for Plan 3
This bill changes the investment option for new employees who default into membership in PERS, TRS, or SERS Plan 3 by failing to choose a retirement plan within the allotted 90 days. The current default investment option is investing in the Commingled Trust Fund option, called the Total Allocation Portfolio, or TAP. The new default investment option is the Target Date fund that is designed for the closest age to the member at the time of default. The defaulted member will still retain the option to change his/her investment choices at any time.
*SHB 2021 Eliminating the Plan 1 Annual Adjustment for Certain PERS and TRS Retirees
Governor request bill. This bill eliminates an automatic annual benefit increase for retirees/beneficiaries in Plan 1 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) after June 30, 2011. This bill does not reduce retirement allowances below the amounts in effect on July 1, 2010; nor does it impact the existing minimum retirement benefits. This bill also lowers the minimum employer contribution rates for the unfunded liability in both plans, and increases the Adjusted Minimum Benefit limit to $1,545 per month.
*HB 2070 Determining Average Salary for the Pension Purposes of Public Employees
This bill requires the Department to calculate the benefits of retiring government employees so that they include qualifying foregone compensation that occurred during the 2011-2013 biennium. This applies to members of PERS, TRS, SERS, PSERS, WSPRS, and LEOFF.
*SB 5860
Compensation Reductions for State Employees

This bill provides for salary reductions for employees of a state agency or institution during the 2011-13 biennium.

*ESHB 1981 Retire/Rehire and Higher Education Retirement Plans Reform

This bill impacts retirees from each plan within PERS, TRS, SERS and PSERS in the following:

  • Limits to 867 the post retirement hours a retiree from Plan 1 of PERS and TRS may work prior to suspending their pension benefit. This limit applies to all retirees beginning January 1, 2012.
  • Limits the ability of higher education institutions and entities to offer their Higher Education Retirement Plans (HERPs) to only exempt employees.
  • Applies the return to work provisions of the applicable retirement system to higher education positions eligible for the HERPs.
  • Higher education institutions and entities are prohibited from offering participation in a HERP to any newly hired employee that has retired or is eligible to retire from a DRS administered retirement system.
  • The guaranteed minimum retirement benefit provisions currently available to HERP participants is discontinued for all newly hired HERP participants.
  • Newly hired employees eligible for participating in a HERP are given the option at the time of hire to participate in PERS or TRS Plan 3, or participate in a HERP.
  • The Office of the State Actuary will oversee an actuarial valuation of the guaranteed minimum retirement benefit provisions.
  • Institutions are required to submit a percentage of HERP covered employees’ salary to DRS to be invested by the WSIB. These funds will be used to pay required supplemental benefits to eligible HERP retirees.
  • The SCPP is given the authority to review HERP benefits and make recommendations to the Legislature.
  • General Fund payments to higher education institutions and entities will only pay up to 6% of salary in matching contributions to the HERP participants.

Bills not passed by the legislature


House Bill Number Senate Bill Number Title
HB:1022
Post Retirement Employment Regulations of Public Employees

This bill would do the following:

  • Requires higher education institutions and entities to certify that a rehired employee has been separated for at least nine months and had no agreement to be rehired prior to the original separation from employment.
  • Applies the return to work provisions of PERS to higher education positions eligible for the HERPs.
  • Requires the Department to assume that a valid separation from employment has not occurred if any PERS retiree returns to work within nine months with the same employer from which they retired. The Department would be further required to begin collection on overpayment of pension benefits and to investigate the separation and reemployment of the retiree.
HB 1083:
Post Retirement Employment of Retirement System Members

This bill would impact retirees from each plan within PERS, TRS, SERS and PSERS in the following:

  • Limits to 867 the post retirement hours a retiree from each system and plan above could work prior to suspending their pension benefit.
  • Applies the return to work provisions of the applicable retirement system to higher education positions eligible for the HERPs.
HB 1201: SB 5147
Eliminate the Mandatory Retirement Age for Judges

This bill would eliminate the mandatory retirement age of 75 for Judges covered under the retirement provisions of RCW 2.10, the Judicial Retirement System, and for District Court Judges. This bill would take effect only if voters approve an amendment to the State Constitution on the above provisions.

HB 1260 SB 5159
CVEOS and Communication Officers Time into WSPRS

SCPP Request Bill. This bill would allow current Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) members who have service credit within Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 to transfer their PERS credit earned as commercial vehicle enforcement officers or as communications officers into the WSPRS. The member would pay the full actuarial cost of the transfer.

HB 1261 SB 5163
Annuity Withdrawal Option for TRS Plan 1 Survivors

SCPP Request Bill. This bill would allow survivors of active, retirement eligible Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 members who die prior to retirement the option to withdraw all or part of the member's account balance. The survivor would then receive an actuarially reduced on-going monthly survivor benefit.

HB 1262 SB 5162
Return to Work and Higher Education Retirement Plans

SCPP Request Bill. This bill would do the following:

  • Limits the ability of higher education institutions and entities to offer their Higher Education Retirement Plans (HERPs) to only faculty and senior administrative employees.
  • Removes eligibility for the supplemental retirement benefit currently available to HERP members from all future employees who first become employed in a HERP eligible position after the effective date of the bill.
  • Applies the return to work provisions of PERS to higher education positions eligible for the HERPs.
  • Prohibits higher education institutions and entities from offering their HERPs to employees that were retired or eligible to retire from one of the DRS administered retirement systems.
  • Allows the Select Committee on Pension Policy to periodically review the plans offered by the higher education institutions and entities.
  • Requires the Department to assume that a valid separation from employment has not occurred if any PERS retiree returns to work within three months with the same employer from which they retired.
HB 1374 SB 5284
Requiring Private Collection Agencies Be Used by State Agencies

This bill would require state agencies to use private collection agencies to collect certain unpaid obligations owed to the agency. It would also provide no cost service credit to certain state employees whose jobs are displaced by this new requirement. Employees could receive up to five years of free service, one month for each month they are no longer employed by an employer.

HB 1411 SB 5255
WSP Overtime Inclusion as Salary for Retirement Purposes

This bill would allow voluntary overtime related to transportation projects and interagency agreements to be included in the retirement calculation for Washington State Patrol Retirement System members.

HB 1450 SB 5160
SCPP Lump Sum Duty Death Benefit

SCPP Request Bill. This bill would increase from $150,000 to $214,000 the lump sum death benefit provided to beneficiaries of eligible public employees killed in the line of duty. This would apply to beneficiaries of state, school or higher education employees not in the retirement systems, as well as beneficiaries of members of PERS, TRS, School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), and the Volunteer Firefighters' and Reserve Officers' Relief and Pension System.

HB 1445 SB 5354
Presumptive Medical for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board request bill. This bill expands the list of duty related presumptive illnesses for firefighters to include strokes. It also creates a duty related presumption for law enforcement officers who suffer a heart attack or stroke under certain conditions. This means the illness is presumed to be duty related under the specified circumstances.

HB 1704
Five year vesting in Plan 3

This bill modifies age and service credit requirements for receiving an unreduced retirement benefit to require at least five years of service credit at age 65 for Plan 3 members of PERS, TRS, and SERS.

HB 1705
Rule of 85

This bill provides unreduced retirement benefits to any vested Plan 2 and Plan 3 member of PERS, TRS, and SERS, who is at least age 55 and for whom the sum of the member's age and the number of years of the member's service credit equals 85 or more.

HB 1742
Removing Subsidized Early Retirement Factors from the Plans 2/3

Governor request bill. This bill removes the alternate early retirement provisions for PERS Plan 2 and 3, SERS Plan 2 and 3 and TRS Plan 2 and 3; for members who first become employed in an eligible position on or after July 1, 2011.

HB 1787
Impact on Pension Benefit of Reduced Compensation for School Employees

This bill would require the Department to calculate a retiring TRS and SERS member's benefit who was employed by a school district so that it includes foregone compensation during the 2009-2011 biennium due to qualifying budget reduction strategies.

HB 1851
Retirement Eligibility for Plan 2/3 Public School Administrators

This bill would allow Plan 2/3 administrators in School Districts to retire using the Alternate Early Retirement Reduction factors if:

  • They have been employed for 30 school years; and
  • Have at least 29 years and 10 months of retirement service credit; and
  • Are at least age 55.
HB 1956 SB 5833
Waiver of PERS Eligibility for Plan 1 Employees of Labor Guilds and Associations

This bill would allow Plan 1 employees of Labor Guilds and Associations to forego rights to future coverage under the PERS system while working for that employer. If they choose to do this, they will be considered to be employed in an ineligible position under the PERS definitions.

HB 2018 SB 5882
Local Government Employee's Benefit Calculation

This bill would require the Department to calculate the benefits of retiring local government employees to include qualifying foregone compensation that occurred during the 2011-2013 biennium. This would apply to local government employees in PERS, PSERS, and LEOFF Plan 2.

HB 2068
Setting LEOFF Plan 2 Contribution Rates for the 2011-2013 Fiscal Biennium

This bill sets the member, employer and state contribution rates for LEOFF Plan 2 for the 2011-2013 biennium at the actuarially required level, as determined by the State Actuary.

HB 2071
Determining Funding for the Local Public Safety Account

This bill amends LEOFF Plan 2 by removing a provision of law that would allow a potential transfer of $5 million to the public safety enhancement account prior to September 30, 2011, and provides for a contribution rate if funds transferred to the LEOFF Plan 2 retirement system benefits improvement account are insufficient to fund benefit improvements paid for by that account.

HB 2097
Merging the Trust Funds of LEOFF Plan 1 and LEOFF Plan 2

This bill consolidates the trust funds for both Plan 1 and Plan 2 of the LEOFF Retirement System into a new fund for all LEOFF members and retirees. This bill also modifies the authority and duties of the LEOFF Plan 2 Retirement Board to include functions related to the new combined fund.

SB 5212
Presumptive Medical for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

This bill expands the list of duty related presumptive illnesses for firefighters to include strokes. It also creates a duty related presumption for law enforcement officers who suffer a heart attack or stroke under certain conditions. This means the illness is presumed to be duty related under the specified circumstances.

SB 5323
Modifying Retirement Provisions for Judges

This bill would modify the mandatory retirement age of 75 for Judges covered under the retirement provisions of RCW 2.10, the Judicial Retirement System. This would allow Judges to retire either at the end of the calendar year in which they turn 75 or at the end of their term in office after attaining age 75.

SB 5474
Higher Education Retirement Plans

Governor request bill. This bill would modify the provisions of the Higher Education Retirement Plans (HERPs).

  • Higher education institutions and entities would be prohibited from offering participation in a HERP to any newly hired employee that has retired or is eligible to retire from PERS, TRS or SERS.
  • The guaranteed minimum retirement benefit provisions currently available to HERP participants would be discontinued for all newly hired HERP participants.
  • Newly hired employees eligible for participating in a HERP would be given the option at the time of hire to participate in PERS or TRS Plan 3, or participate in a HERP.
  • The Office of the State Actuary would oversee an actuarial valuation of the guaranteed minimum retirement benefit provisions.
  • The State would only provide funding to pay up to 6% matching employer contributions for HERP participants. If additional matching funds are provided, they must be paid by the Institutions.
SB 5569
Post Retirement Employment in Higher Education

This bill would exempt Teachers' Plan 1 retirees from post-retirement employment restrictions if they meet the following criteria:

  • They return to work for a Higher Education employer at least one month after retirement; and
  • They return to work in a non-instructional capacity.
SB 5829
Compensation Adjustments in School Districts

This bill would provide flexibility for School District employers to achieve compensation reductions in the 2011-2013 fiscal biennium. It would also require the Department to calculate the following retiring member's benefits so that they include foregone compensation during the 2011-2013 biennium due to qualifying budget reduction strategies:

  • Members of TRS and SERS employed by a state agency or institution
  • All members of PERS
SB 5846
Health Benefits to TRS Retirees

This bill would require the Health Care Authority (HCA) to pay a monthly subsidy of $250 to retirees of the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 if the following apply:

  • The retiree is ineligible for Medicare; and
  • They apply for a service retirement with an effective date between June 1 and August 31 of 2011; and
  • They receive their first retirement payment before October 31, 2011.

Members who choose to receive this subsidy are not subject to post-retirement employment restrictions until August 31, 2014.

SB 5852
Post-Retirement Employment Restrictions for PERS Plan 1 and TRS Plan 1 Retirees

This bill would limit to 867 the post retirement hours Plan 1 retirees could work prior to suspending their pension benefit. This limit on hours would only apply to Plan 1 retirees who retire on or after September 1, 2011.

SB 5908
Creating the Washington Public Employees' Savings Plan

This bill creates a new defined contribution retirement system for newly hired public employees employed by state, local government and political subdivision employers. The Public Employees' Savings Plan (PESP) is established effective January 1, 2013 and will be administered by the Department of Retirement Systems. The current PERS, TRS, SERS, and PSERS retirement systems would be closed to new employees, and all future employees that would have established membership in these plans would now be members of the PESP.

House Bill Number Senate Bill Number Title
HB 1541 * SB 5302
SERS Past Part-Time Service Credit

This bill grants a half-time service credit to qualifying members in Plans 2 and 3 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), who worked for an educational employer in school years prior to January 1, 1987. To qualify for service credit under this proposal a member must have:

  • Earned service credit between the effective date of this bill and before September 1, 2010;
  • Earned at least 630 hours during the school year in question;
  • Worked at least nine months of the school year in question;
  • Earned less than six months of service credit during the school year in question; and
  • Service credit for the school year in question has not been withdrawn.
HB 1545 * SB 5308
Higher Education Retirement Plan

This bill provides eligible employees of the Higher Education Coordinating Board the ability to participate in the Higher Education Retirement Plan instead of the Public Employees' Retirement System.

HB 1547 SB 5312
Increase Duty-Related Death Benefit to $175,000

This bill increases the duty-related death benefit for public employees from $150,000 to $175,000. This increase applies to members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System, Teachers' Retirement System, School Employees' Retirement System, Public Safety Employees' Retirement System, Public Employees' Retirement System, and the Washington State Patrol Retirement System.

HB 1679 * SB 5541
Catastrophic Disability Medical Insurance

This bill would provide payment of medical insurance premiums for members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement Systems (LEOFF) Plan 2 and the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) who are catastrophically disabled in the line of duty, and their spouses and dependent children. The cost of the insurance premiums would be paid from the LEOFF Plan 2 retirement fund for qualifying LEOFF Plan 2 members, or paid by the Washington State Patrol for qualifying WSPRS members.

HB 1722 SB 5307
Change Retirement Plan Default in PERS Plans 2 & 3

Newly hired members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) have 90 days to select either Plan 2 or Plan 3. If a selection is not made within 90 days, the member defaults to Plan 3. This bill changes the default to Plan 2.

HB 2196 *
PERS Military Service Credit and Prior LEOFF 1 Service

Under this bill, Public Employees' Retirement System Plan 1 members who retired on or after January 1, 1998 will be eligible to use any service transferred from Plan 1 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System to qualify for military service credit at no cost.

HB 2489
Judges Mandatory Retirement Age

Removes the mandatory retirement age for Judges, currently age 75. As this mandatory retirement age is also part of the State Constitution, the bill would only be effective if a proposal to remove the retirement age from the Constitution is submitted to and approved by the voters.

HB 2492 SB 6453 *
Shared Leave For LEOFF Plan 2 Members

Allows shared leave to be treated as reportable compensation for all members of LEOFF Plan 2. Earnings can be used in the calculation of a member's benefit, and service credit will be earned according to hours reported. Currently, shared leave is reportable for state, K-12, and higher education employees, including those who are members of LEOFF Plan 2.

HB 2519 * SB 6407
Duty Related Death Benefits

Provides additional benefits to survivors of police officers, fire fighters and State Patrol officers killed in the line of duty. Additional benefits for the survivors of members of the Law Enforcement Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ (LEOFF) Plan 2 or the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Plan 2 killed in the line of duty:

  • Provides survivors of all members with the same choice currently provided to survivors of members with 10 or more years of service (ongoing pension or withdrawal of 150% of account balance.); 
  • Establishes a minimum monthly survivor pension amount equal to 10% of the member’s final average salary; and
  • Eliminates the actuarial reduction currently applied to the ongoing survivor pension payment.  

Additional benefits for the survivors of all members of LEOFF or the WSPRS killed in the line of duty:

  • Increases the $150,000 lump-sum death benefit to $214,000 (reflecting inflation since 1995, when the benefit was first established) and provides an annual inflationary adjustment to this amount for the future.
  • Eliminates the requirement that the surviving spouse’s workers’ compensation benefits be stopped upon remarriage. Surviving spouses who have already had their benefits suspended due to remarriage will begin receiving the benefits again.  

Finally, for eligible children and surviving spouses of all law enforcement officers, fire fighters or Washington State Patrol officers killed or totally disabled in the line of duty, the bill requires state universities and community colleges to waive all fees for tuition, services, and activities.

HB 2607
Exception To Retire/Rehire Restrictions

Modifies the retire/rehire rules for certain Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 retirees who have returned to teaching. Retirees are exempted from the lifetime hourly limit (currently 1,900 hours), which suspends pension benefits once the hourly limit is reached, if they have returned to teach in the high demand subjects of math, science, and/or special education.

HB 2783
Definition of Earnable Compensation in WSPRS

This bill would amend the definition of earnable compensation in the Washington State Patrol Retirement System to include voluntary overtime related to certain Department of Transportation projects. Currently, all voluntary overtime earned by State Patrol members is excluded from use in the calculation of the monthly pension benefit

HB 2825 SB 6592
VFF &RO Transfer of Administrative Responsibility to DRS

This bill would transfer the duties and responsibility to administer the Volunteer Fire Fighters' and Reserve Officers' Relief and Pension System to the Department of Retirement Systems. Board employees would transfer to DRS and continue providing the same services as today. The administrative budget would remain the same while DRS, in coordination with the State Board, conducts cost/benefit analysis on any proposed changes to the administration of the system.

HB 2862 SB 6546 *
Director of Fire Protection

This bill would give a Director of Fire Protection who was previously a member of LEOFF Plan 2 the choice to continue membership in LEOFF Plan 2 while employed in this role. Otherwise, the Director of Fire Protection would be a PERS covered position.

HB 2919 SB 6493
Disability Benefits Study

This bill directs the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) to continue the study of disability benefit options for members of Plans 2 and 3 of the Public Employees' Retirement System, Teachers' Retirement System and School Employees' Retirement System that was authorized during the 2009 legislative session. The findings and recommendations of the continued study must be reported to the Select Committee on Pension Policy and the fiscal committees of the legislature no later than November 17, 2010. This bill also directs the Health Care Authority to coordinate with the WSIPP on study recommendations that impact the benefits offered to public employees, and to improve communication about the importance of the disability insurance benefits currently available.

HB 3013 SB 6621
CVEO Service Transfer into WSPRS

This bill gives active members of the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) the option to transfer into that system any Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 service credit earned while working as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer. To qualify, the member must have become a commissioned officer on or before July 1, 2000.

SB 6309
Definition of Slayer with Regard to Benefit Eligibility

This bill amends the definition of slayer to include a person who is acquitted by reason of insanity. Washington state law precludes DRS from paying benefits to a beneficiary who is formally accused or convicted of killing the member.

SB 6516
Change Retirement Plan Default in PERS, TRS and SERS Plans 2 & 3

Newly hired members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) have 90 days to select either Plan 2 or Plan 3. If a selection is not made within 90 days, the member defaults to Plan 3. This bill changes the default to Plan 2.

SB 6836
Post Retirement Employment in Higher Education

This bill would exempt Teachers' Plan 1 retirees from post-retirement employment restrictions if they meet the following criteria:

  • They return to work for a Higher Education employer at least one month after retirement; and
  • They return to work in a non-instructional capacity.
House Bill Number Senate Bill Number Title
HB 1212
Industrial Insurance Death Benefits LEOFF/WSPRS

Surviving spouses of Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2 members and members of the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS), who are killed in the line of duty, are entitled to receive a monthly benefit of at least 60% of the member's wages. This benefit is paid for the lifetime of the survivor, or until remarriage. This bill allows surviving spouses of the LEOFF Plan 2 and the WSPRS members, who are eligible for death benefits under the Industrial Insurance Act, to continue to receive the benefit monthly for life regardless of whether they remarry. This applies to remarriages entered into on or after the effective date of the Act.

HB 1443 SB 5333
WSPRS Drop Plan

This bill allows Washington State Patrol (WSP) officers and sergeants, who are members of the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS), to elect participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) beginning January 1, 2010. In order to be eligible for the DROP, members must have at least 25 years of service credit in WSPRS.

While in the DROP the members continue to work and make WSPRS contributions. They do not earn additional service credit and their WSPRS Average Final Salary (AFS) does not increase. By entering the DROP the members agree to delay receiving their monthly retirement benefit until they terminate employment with the WSP. Upon termination of employment the members begin receiving their monthly retirement benefit that was set at the time they entered the DROP and they receive their accumulated benefit payments from the date they entered the DROP plus contributions and interest accumulated while in the DROP.

HB 1444 SB 5332
WSPRS Board

This bill creates an 11-member policy board to study pension issues and pension benefits, develop pension proposals, and make recommendations to the Governor for proposed legislation that would impact the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS).

HB 1445* SB 5439*
Domestic Partners in WSPRS

This bill adds the ability for domestic partners to receive benefits in all situations where currently only spouses can receive benefits in the Washington State Patrol Retirement Systems (WSPRS).

HB 1506* SB 5311*
FRP (Pre-LEOFF) Survivor Benefits

This bill affects pension benefits for survivors of firefighters, who retired under the Firefighters' Relief and Pensions (FRP) Act. It removes language that currently causes the survivor's benefit to cease if the surviving spouse remarries, thus allowing the benefit to continue for the lifetime of the survivor. The FRP, which existed prior to the creation of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), is not administered by the Department of Retirement Systems.

HB 1541 SB 5302
SERS Past Part-Time Service Credit

This bill grants a half-time service credit to qualifying members in Plans 2 and 3 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), who worked for an educational employer in school years prior to January 1, 1987.

To qualify for service credit under this proposal a member must have:

  • Earned service credit between the effective date of this bill and before September 1, 2010;
  • Earned at least 630 hours during the school year in question;
  • Worked at least nine months of the school year in question;
  • Earned less than six months of service credit during the school year in question; and
  • Service credit for the school year in question has not been withdrawn.
HB 1542* SB 5305*
DRS Technical Corrections

This bill repeals two obsolete sections in Plan 1 of the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). These statutes deal with the division of funds, which are no longer necessary.

HB 1543 SB 5304
Lower General Salary Increase Assumption

This bill lowers the general salary increase assumption used by the Office of the State Actuary for determining the actuarial funding of all retirement plans from 4.5 percent to 4.25 percent, except Plan 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System.

HB 1544 SB 5310
OSA Actuarial Assumptions

This bill clarifies how the Office of the State Actuary (OSA) studies salary growth and codifies current practices relating to recommendations of the OSA following an actuarial experience study.

HB 1545 SB 5308
Higher Education Retirement Plan

This bill provides eligible employees of the Higher Education Coordinating Board the ability to participate in the Higher Education Retirement Plan instead of the Public Employees' Retirement System.

HB 1546* SB 5303*
PERS to SERS Auto Transfer

This bill ends the automatic transfer of prior Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 service credit to Plan 2 of the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) when the member becomes employed in an eligible SERS position on or after August 1, 2009.

Beginning September 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009, current and inactive members of SERS Plan 2, who had PERS service credit transferred to SERS Plan 2, may request, in writing, to have that service credit transferred back to PERS Plan 2 if:

  • The individual did not earn service credit with a school district or educational service district before the transfer;
  • And the individual has not transferred to SERS Plan 3 or PERS Plan 3.
HB 1547 SB 5312
Increase Death Benefit to $175K

This bill increases the current duty-related death benefit for public employees from $150,000 to $175,000. This increase applies to members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS), Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), and the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS).

HB 1548* SB 5313*
Interruptive Military Service

This bill provides a total of five years of no-cost interruptive military service for members, who provide proof to the Director of DRS, that their interruptive military service was during a "period of war," and that they initiated the process for re-employment with the same employer no later than 90 days from the date of their honorable discharge. The bill applies to members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plans 2 and 3, School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Plans 2 and 3, Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plans 2 and 3, Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2, Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Plan 2, and the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). Survivors of eligible members, and eligible members incapacitated as a result of their interruptive military service, may also apply for the no-cost service credit. Members, who paid for interruptive military service credit, can receive a refund of the contributions paid.

HB 1549 SB 5306
Disability Benefits

This bill directs the Washington State Institute for Public Policy, with the assistance and support of the Office of the State Actuary, to study disability benefit options for members of Plans 2 and 3 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS). The findings and recommendations of the study must be reported to the Select Committee on Pension Policy no later than November 1, 2009.

HB 1550* SB 5315*
Survivors of PERS 1 Inactives

Currently the survivor of a Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1 member, who dies after leaving employment and before application is made for a retirement benefit, is only eligible for a refund of employee contributions, plus interest. This bill provides the survivor of any PERS Plan 1 member, who qualifies for retirement but has not applied or has at least 10 years of service credit, the option of either a monthly survivor benefit or the lump sum of contributions plus interest upon the member's death.

HB 1551* SB 5314*
Military Death Benefits

This bill extends eligibility for an un-reduced survivor benefit to members, who leave the employ of an employer and die during a period of war, while honorably serving in the National Guard or military reserves. This bill applies to the following retirement systems: Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS), and Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS).

HB 1599
Rule of 85

Provides unreduced retirement benefits to any vested Plan 2 and Plan 3 member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) for whom the sum of the member's age and the number of years of the member's service credit equals 85 or more.

HB 1600
5-Year Vesting in Plan 3

This bill modifies age and service credit requirements for receiving an unreduced retirement benefit to require at least five years of service credit at age 65 for Plan 3 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS).

HB 1601 SB 5489
Separated Employee Access to PEBB

This bill provides access to health insurance benefits for Plan 2 members, who have separated from service, but have not started receiving a retirement benefit and are at least age 55, and have at least 20 years of service in the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) and/or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

HB 1602 SB 5490
Addressing Post Retirement Employment Restrictions

Plan 2 and Plan 3 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) with 30 years of service, at least age 55 and who retire under the new early retirement reduction factors available on July 1, 2008 for PERS and September 1, 2008 for TRS and SERS are prohibited from continuing to receive the retirement benefit if they return to any public employment before age 65. This proposal would remove this restriction, allowing a retiree to return to work and continue to receive his or her monthly benefit under the current retiree rehire provisions.

HB 1616*
Domestic Partners in LEOFF Plan 2

This bill gives the domestic partners of Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2 members the same rights and options as spouses for pension benefits.

HB 1678* SB 5542*
Duty Disability Conversion

Members, who retired from Plan 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System as a result of duty related disabilities prior to the creation of duty disability retirements, do not receive favorable tax treatment on their benefits. This bill would reclassify eligible Service and Disability retirements to Occupational Disability retirements for the purpose of allowing affected retirees to take advantage of favorable tax treatment on their pension benefit based on the first 10% of the member's salary.

HB 1679 SB 5541
Castastrophic Disability Medical Insurance

This bill extends the option to purchase health care insurance from the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) to members of Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement Systems (LEOFF) Plan 2, who are catastrophically disabled in the line of duty, and their spouses and dependent children. The members and dependents pay the full cost of the insurance.

HB 1722 SB 5307
Change Membership Default in PERS Plans 2 & 3

Currently newly hired members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) have 90 days to select either Plan 2 or Plan 3. If after 90 days they have not selected a plan, the member defaults to Plan 3. This bill changes the default plan for new members of PERS to Plan 2 if the member does not make a selection within 90 days.

HB 1727 SB 5688*
Rights of Domestic Partners
HB 1742 SB 5523
Court Commissioners

This bill allows court commissioners in the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) to choose to pay additional contributions to accrue a higher retirement benefit multiplier on service earned. Court commissioners employed by the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or the Superior, District or Municipal courts on September 1, 2009 have a window from September 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010 and then again every subsequent January to make this irrevocable choice. Court commissioners hired after September 1, 2009 have a 90-day window and then again every subsequent January to make the same irrevocable choice.

Court commissioners, who choose this option, may also choose to increase prior commissioner service to the higher benefit multiplier by paying the actuarial equivalent value of the increase. Court commissioners in PERS Plan 1 or Plan 2 would increase their retirement benefit multiplier from 2% to 3.5 percent, to a maximum of 75% of their annual final compensation (AFC). PERS Plan 3 members would increase their retirement benefit multiplier from 1% to 1.6% to a maximum of 37.5% of their AFC.

HB 1893 SB 5791
Washington Voluntary Accounts Program
HB 1953* SB 5309*
Fish & Wildlife Officer Service Credit Transfer

This bill allows Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers to transfer service credit earned as an enforcement officer in Plan 2 and Plan 3 of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) to the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2.

HB 2143
Retiree Return to Work – 30 Years of Service
HB 2196
Military Service Credit Prior LEOFF 1
SB 5439
Domestic Partners in WSPRS
SB 6045
PERS TRS & SERS DC Plan Proposal
House Bill Number Senate Bill Number Title
HB 2134 Authorizing port district firefighter membership in LEOFF Plan 2

This bill would amend the definition of a firefighter eligible for membership in Plan 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System to include an individual who:

  • Is a full-time port district employee with duties that include fire suppression; and
  • Was trained in rescue and firefighting duties prior to assuming fire suppression responsibilities; and
  • Is required to receive annual recurring instruction in rescue and firefighting, including live-fire drills.

In addition, the definition would be amended to include supervisory firefighter personnel who work for a port district and are trained in rescue and firefighting, but are not required to receive annual recurring instruction in rescue and firefighting skill.

Status: Did not pass

HB 2510* Medicare Only Benefits

This bill would allow law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other public employees participating in a qualified retirement system to obtain Medicare coverage through the "divided referendum" process. This process allows those who vote in favor of a referendum to adopt it, while those who vote against it do not. Under this bill, active members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System who choose to do so would pay for Medicare coverage.

Status: HB 2510 was signed by the Governor March 25, 2008

HB 2652* Transferring the Dependent Care Assistance Program

This bill would transfer administration of the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) from the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) to the Health Care Authority (HCA), effective January 1, 2009. DCAP allows state employees to pay for child and other dependent care services with pre-tax dollars, pursuant to Sections 125 and 129 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Status: HB 2652 was signed by the Governor March 28, 2008

HB 2887* Purchasing increased benefit multiplier for past judicial service for judges

Judges who opted into the judges benefit program could purchase prior judicial service at the higher multiplier by paying 5 percent (2.5 percent for Plan 3) of the salary earned for each month of service credit, plus 8 percent interest, compounded monthly. Service must have been purchased before December 31, 2007. After December 31, 2007 the prior judicial service could be purchased at the higher multiplier by paying the actuarial equivalent cost of the increase in the member's benefit.

This bill would allow a judge to purchase prior judicial service at the higher benefit multiplier at retirement. The cost would be the lesser of the full actuarial cost or 5 percent (2.5 percent for Plan 3) of the salary earned for each month of service credit, plus 5.5 percent interest, from the date the service was earned. The bill would apply only to judges who are members of the Public Employees' Retirement System.

This bill also allows active and inactive PERS members who are not currently serving as a judge, but who have served as a judge or justice in the past, to increase their benefit multiplier for their periods of past judicial service from January 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. The cost to purchase the increase for prior judicial service using this method is the actuarial equivalent of the increase.

Status: HB 2887 was signed by the Governor April 1, 2008

SB 6573* Providing additional revenues for public safety

Beginning in 2011, when state general fund revenues increase by at least five percent over the prior biennia's revenue, this bill would require the State Treasurer to transfer, subject to appropriation by the legislature, specific amounts to the Local Public Safety Enhancement Account. The amounts increase from $5 million in 2011 to the lesser of one-third of the general revenue increase amount or $50 million in 2017 and beyond. Half of the money in this account would be proportionately distributed, by the State Treasurer, to all jurisdictions with LEOFF Plan 2 members. Those jurisdictions would be allowed to use these funds for public safety purposes. The other half would be transferred to the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System Benefits Improvement Account to fund benefit enhancements for LEOFF Plan 2 members.

Status: ESSB 6573 was signed by the Governor March 20, 2008

HB 2982 Authorize TRS 1 to join PERS 1

This bill will allow certain Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1 members who are employed by the Public School Employees of Washington a one-time option to join the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1 between July 1, 2008 and September 30, 2008.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3005 SB 6655 PERS to SERS Auto Transfer

Beginning September 1, 2000, any Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 members hired into a position eligible for membership in the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) have had their PERS service automatically transferred to SERS. This bill ends this automatic transfer for members employed in an eligible SERS position on or after July 1, 2008. From September 1, 2008 through November 30, 2008, members and former members of PERS Plan 2 who had service credit transferred to SERS Plan 2, may request, in writing, to have that service credit transferred back to PERS Plan 2 if:

  • The member or former member did not earn service credit with a school district or educational service district before the transfer; and
  • The member or former member has not transferred to SERS Plan 3 or PERS Plan 3.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3006 SB 6652 Survivors of PERS Plan 1 Inactives

Currently the survivor of a Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1 member who dies after leaving employment and before application is made for a retirement benefit is only eligible for a refund of employee contributions, plus interest. This bill provides the survivor of any PERS Plan 1 member, who qualifies for retirement but has not applied or has at least 10 years of service credits, the option of either a monthly survivor benefit or the lump sum of contributions plus interest upon the member's death.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3007 SB 6646 Military Death Benefits

This bill extends eligibility for the non-actuarial survivor benefit to members who leave employment and die during a period of war while serving honorably in the National Guard or military reserves. This bill applies to members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS), and Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS).

Status: Did not pass

HB 3008 SB 6645 Interruptive Military Service Credit

This bill provides a total of five years of no-cost retirement system service credit for any member who provides proof to the Director of DRS that their interruptive military service was during a "period of war," and they initiate the process for re-employment with the same employer no later than 90 days from the date of honorable discharge. The bill applies to members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plans 2 and 3, School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Plans 2 and 3, Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Plans 2 and 3, Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) Plan 2, Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) Plan 2, and the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). Survivors of eligible members, and eligible members incapacitated as a result of their interruptive military service, may also apply for the no cost service credit.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3019* TRS and SERS 2/3 Half-Year Contracts

This bill grants six months of service credit to members of the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) Plan 2 and 3 who work for at least five months of a six-month period, from September through August, and earn 630 hours or more within that six-month period.

Status: HB 3019 was signed by the Governor March 27, 2008

HB 3020 SB 6650 FRP (Pre-LEOFF) Survivor Benefits

This bill affects pension benefits for survivors of firefighters who retired under the Firefighters' Relief and Pensions (FRP) Act of 1955. It removes language which currently causes the survivor's benefit to cease if the surviving spouse remarries, thus allowing the benefit to continue for the lifetime of the survivor. The FRP, which existed prior to creation of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System, is not administered by the Department of Retirement Systems.

Status: Did not pass

SB 6657* Salary Bonuses in TRS

This bill amends the definition of "earnable compensation" in the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) to no longer exclude bonuses paid to teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Status: SB 6657 was signed by the Governor March 26, 2008

HB 3022 SB 6651 Plan 3 Vesting

To qualify for a guaranteed monthly defined benefit a Plan 3 member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) or School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) must currently:

  • Be age 65 or older with at least 10 years of service credit;
  • Be age 65 or older with at least five years of service credit, including 12 months after age 44; or
  • Be age 65 or older and transferred from TRS, SERS or PERS Plan 2 to TRS, SERS or PERS Plan 3 with at least five years of service credit in Plan 2 at the time of transfer.

This bill modifies age and service credit requirements to only require at least 5 years of service credit at age 65 in order to qualify for an unreduced retirement benefit.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3023 SB 6653 Fish and Wildlife Service Credit Transfer

This bill allows Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers to transfer service credit earned in the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 as an enforcement officer to Plan 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System. It provides that:

  • Eligible Enforcement Officers must elect to transfer their PERS service credit by June 30, 2013.
  • Enforcement Officers will pay the difference in contributions between the two plans for the time being transferred, no later than June 30, 2013, or prior to retirement if sooner.
  • The Department of Fish and Wildlife will pay an amount sufficient to ensure that the contribution level of LEOFF Plan 2 will not increase as a result of the transfer of service.
  • The Department of Fish and Wildlife payment must be made no later than June 30, 2014, but can be made periodically prior to this date based upon transfers paid in full at the time of billing.
  • Service credit will be transferred no earlier than June 30, 2013.

In addition, the legislation provides options should a member die or retire for disability prior to the transfer.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3024* TRS Out of State Service Credit

A Plan 2 or Plan 3 member of the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) can currently purchase up to seven years of service credit for public education experience earned outside of TRS. To make the purchase the member must have five service credit years in TRS. This bill reduces the number of service credit years from five to two years in order to be eligible to purchase the out of state service.

Status: HB 3024 was signed by the Governor March 20, 2008

HB 3025 SB 6647 HECB Proposal

This bill allows the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) the ability to offer their employees the purchase of annuity or retirement income plans, instead of participating in the Public Employees' Retirement Plan (PERS). The HECB is prohibited from offering these plans to any retiree who is receiving or accruing a retirement allowance under PERS, the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS).

Status: Did not pass

HB 3026 SB 6664 Indexed $150,000 Death Benefit

This bill indexes the $150,000 duty-death benefit payment to changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton (CPI-W). Additionally, the amount of the death benefit is not allowed to decrease below the original amount in periods of deflation. The bill applies to members of the state's retirement systems, the Volunteer Firefighters' Relief and Pension Fund (VFF) and the Higher Education Retirement Plans (HIED); and state, school district and higher education employees who are not members of a state retirement system.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3027 SB 6648 Retiree Access to PEBB - 55/20

This bill provides access to health insurance benefits for Plan 2 members who have separated from service, are at least age 55, and have at least 20 years of service in the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) and/or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).

Status: Did not pass

HB 3028 SB 6649 Retiree Access to PEBB - 2nd Chance

This bill allows school district retirees or disabled members from the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS), and Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), and their dependents, the ability to enroll for health care benefits from the Health Care Authority. The benefits will be made available to those members who were in receipt of a retirement allowance as of January 1, 2001. Coverage will be effective with the plan year beginning January 1, 2011.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3049 SB 6635 Deferred Compensation as Salary

This bill changes the definition of basic salary for employer contributions to a deferred compensation plan, as defined under section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code, for members of Plan 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' (LEOFF) Retirement System. The change will allow employer contributions to a 457 plan on behalf of a member to be included in the member's retirement benefit calculation.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3070 SB 6687 Addressing Post Retirement Employment

Engrossed House Bill 2391, which passed during the 2007 legislative session, allows early retirement with less of a reduction in benefits for Plan 2 and Plan 3 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) who have 30 years of service and are at least age 55. Members who retire under the new reduction factors (available on July 1, 2008 for PERS and September 1, 2008 for TRS) are prohibited from continuing to receive the retirement benefit if they return to post-retirement public employment before age 65. This bill would remove this restriction, allowing a retiree to return to work and continue to receive his or her monthly benefit under the current retiree rehire provisions.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3182 Partial Service Month Purchases

Members of the School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) who were employed in eligible positions prior to January 1, 1987 were required to make employee contributions even if they did not work enough hours to earn service credit.

This proposal would give those SERS members who were employed by a school district prior to January 1, 1987 service credit for months where contributions had been paid but no service was earned. The credit would be based on the rules in effect September 1, 1991.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3211 SB 6455 Controlling the Washington State Patrol Retirement System

This bill would establish a nine member board to manage the Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) funds for the benefit of WSPRS members and beneficiaries. The board would have the authority to adopt actuarial tables, assumptions and cost methodologies, in consultation with the State Actuary. The board would also establish contribution rates and recommend to the legislature changes in the statutes governing benefits or the administration of WSPRS. The board would hire an executive director with the authority to hire staff, as authorized by the board.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3257 Plan 2/3 Choice in PERS/TRS/SERS

This bill would allow a member who has changed employers, or separated from an employer for a minimum of 45 days before resuming employment, a new 90 day period to choose membership in Plan 2 or Plan 3. The choice would be irrevocable for the duration of the employment. A member who has not chosen to change plans by the end of the 90 days would remain a member of the plan in which they had most recently established membership.

The legislature reserves the right to amend or repeal this additional choice if it is determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be necessary to maintain favorable tax treatment.

Status: Did not pass

HB 3258 Annual Distribution to Retired Terminated/Vested Plan 3

This bill would provide an additional contribution, equal to $10 multiplied by the member's service credit as of August 31 of the previous year, to the accounts of qualifying Plan 3 members. The following members would be eligible:

  • Plan 3 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) who are vested and terminated employment or who retired by June 30, 2008; and
  • Plan 3 members of the Teachers' and School Employees' Retirement Systems (TRS and SERS) who are vested and terminated employment or who retired by August 31, 2008.

The additional amount would be deposited into the member's account on January 1, 2009 and on January 1st of each year thereafter. The $10 multiplier would be increased by three percent, rounded to nearest cent, per year.

The legislature intends the additional contributions to be replacement benefits for gain-sharing. Until there is legal certainty with respect to the repeal of gain-sharing, the right to receive these additional contribution amounts would be non-contractual, with the legislature reserving the right to amend or repeal the new distribution.

Status: Did not pass

SB 6571 Judicial Service Credit

This bill would allow a current or separated member of Plan 1 of the Teachers' Retirement System or the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) who is not employed as a judge or justice to make an irrevocable decision to increase the multiplier on past judicial service by paying the actuarially equivalent value of that purchase. Payment must occur between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009.

Status: Did not pass