The Texas Legislature is currently in session. Below is a list of summarized bills that could affect the programs administered by the ERS. For more information on each bill and to learn about the legislative process, visit the Texas Legislature Online website .

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General Appropriations Bill

SB 1
HB 2

Retirement:

  • ERS – State contribution rates of 7.5% for both years of biennium; plus an additional state agency contribution at the rate of 0.5% of base payroll
  • LECOSRF – 0.5% state contribution rate for both years of biennium
  • JRS 2 – 15.66% state contribution rate for both years of biennium
  • JRS 1 – Fully funded

Group Health Plan:

  • Funded sufficiently to potentially avoid benefit changes through FY 2017
  • Maintains current 100% member and 50% dependent state contribution
  • Maintains 1% of base payroll contribution from participating state agencies and higher education institutions

Retirement - Elected Class

HB 131

Fixes elected class annuity at 2% of $125,000 for members entering the class on or after 9/1/2015.

SB 110
HB 1538 

Suspends annuities of elected officers on final conviction of a felony or certain misdemeanors related to the officer's official duties.

SB 115
HB 1698 

Prohibits ERS from withholding as confidential the name or amount of annuity of a retired member of the legislature.

HB 408

Prevents certain members of the elected class from transferring service to the employee class, or from retiring from the employee class while still in elected office.

HB 425
HB 681

Makes elected officials ineligible to receive an annuity if convicted of bribery, embezzlement, or perjury.

Retirement - Employee Class

HB 442

Allows beneficiaries to have all or part of an employee's or retiree's death benefits be payable directly to a funeral director or establishment.

HB 585

Limits the maximum retirement annuity amount for new employees hired after August 31, 2015 to the amount of the gross salary of an active duty General or Admiral of the US armed forces

HB 701

Provides an immediate 10% COLA, effective 9/1/15, plus a 4% annual COLA for annuitants. Also provides a supplemental payment equal to the lesser of the monthly annuity or $2,000, payable in January '16.

SB 465   

Suspends or reduces annuities of Texas Juvenile Justice Department employees on final conviction of a certain offenses against a minor student.

Retirement - LECOS

HB 1821

Permits peace officers employed by institutions of higher education and public schools to move from TRS to ERS, effective 1/1/2016, and participate in LECOSRF. Also adds certain peace officers employed by the state and correctional officers at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to LECOSRF.

Chapter 615

SB  436
HB 1278

Increases lump sum survivor benefit from $250,000 to $500,000, and doubles the monthly benefit paid to surviving minor children.

Insurance - Coverage

SB 194     

Requiring HIV tests to be a part of routine blood work. 

SB 264     

Allows dependents of the wrongfully imprisoned to participate in the GBP.

Insurance - Eligibility

HB 1745
SB 673     

Prohibits state employees from recognizing any marriage license or certification that does not comply with Section 32, Article 1, Texas Constitution

HB 1797     

Makes certain "qualified individuals" eligible to participate as dependents in the GBP if they are at least 18, not related to the GBP participant, financially interdependent, and cohabitating.

Insurance - Plan Design/Funding

HB 966
SB 482

Requires ERS to establish a voluntary consumer-directed health plan in the form of a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) as an alternative to HealthSelect with coverage to begin September 1, 2016. 

Updated February 27, 2015