The Texas Legislature has now adjourned. Below is a list of summarized bills that 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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SB 2
HB 1

• ERS – State contribution rates of 9.5% for both years of biennium; plus an additional state agency contribution at the rate of 0.5% of base payroll
Note: on 3/10/15, the House announced in a press conference their intention to raise the state contribution to 9.5%.
• 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
• Requires ERS to provide reports regarding the bidding and administration of the HealthSelect contract to LBB and SAO.
• Requires ERS to work with Texas Diabetes Council to study pre-diabetes and consider developing a diabetes prevention program. 

Other Benefits:
• Public Safety Benefits (Chapter 615) – Fully funded
• Retiree Death Benefits – Fully funded


Retirement - Elected Class

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.

Retirement - Employee Class

HB 9

Raises the employee contribution to 9.5%, effective 9/1/2015, and ties the employee and state contributions together. Also eliminates the 90-day waiting period to become a member of the retirement system.


HB 1278

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


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. 

HB 3307

Requires ERS to offer a  TRICARE Military Health System Supplemental plan.

Insurance - Eligibility

HB 2123

Allows a member of the state military forces who has been on active duty for more than 60 days to participate in the GBP as a full-time state employee and receive a state contribution towards insurance premiums.


SB 940

Changes required reports on prohibited investments in Sudan and Iran from annually to 30 days after the updated list is received.


HB 3310 

Requires certain public retirement systems (but not ERS) to work with the Legislature to develop a funding soundness restoration plan.


SB 20  

This bill creates various new processes for state agency contracting. Provisions include increased reporting and disclosure requirements, new oversight and review authority, required contract terms, and other provisions.

Updated June 3, 2015