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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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

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

SB 115

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.

Insurance - Coverage

SB 194     

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

Insurance - Plan Design/Funding

HB 966

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 January 29, 2015