Tracking List: Public Employees

HB89 - Modifies provisions relating to state employee retirement
Sponsor: Rep. Rudy Veit (R)
Summary: HB 89 -- STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM PLAN

SPONSOR: Veit

Upon the state retirement system attaining a funded ratio of at least 80%, this bill allows the normal retirement eligibility for Plan 2011 participants to change from age 55 with the sum of the member's age and credited service equaling at least 90 years to attainment to at least age 50 with the sum of the member's age and credited service equaling at least 80.

This bill is the same as HB 2816 2022.
Bill History: 2022-12-01 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-03-23 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions , 2023-03-29 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/04/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-04-04 H - Public hearing completed
HB131 - Allows state employees to be paid biweekly
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Griffith (R)
Summary:

HB 131 -- BIWEEKLY PAY

This bill allows the salaries of state employees to be paid in biweekly installments, as designated by the Commissioner of the Office of Administration.

Bill History: 2022-12-01 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-01-17 H - Referred to House committee on General Laws , 2023-01-19 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/24/2023 4:30 PM - House-General Laws, HR 7, 2023-01-19 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** REVISED for DATE CHANGE ** - House-General Laws - 1/24/23 - 4:30 pm - HR 7 , 2023-01-24 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/28/2023 4:00 PM - House-General Laws, HR 7, 2023-02-28 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-01 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-02 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Administrative Oversight , 2023-03-02 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/06/2023 4:30 PM - House-Rules-Administrative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-03-06 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-06 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-08 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-08 H - Perfected , 2023-03-20 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-20 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-153 N-0 , 2023-03-20 S - Reported to the Senate and read first time , 2023-04-06 S - Read Second Time , 2023-04-06 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Fiscal Oversight , 2023-04-12 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/13/2023 9:00 AM - Senate-Fiscal Oversight, SCR 1, 2023-04-13 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-04-17 S - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-20 S - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-03 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-03 S - Third Read and Passed - Y-33 N-0 , 2023-05-03 S - Truly Agreed and Finally Passed , 2023-05-30 G - Sent to the Governor , 2023-06-07 G - Signed by the Governor
HB298 - Exempts the state highway patrol from the requirements of the state employee pay plan
Sponsor: Rep. Dirk Deaton (R)
Summary: HB 298 -- STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

SPONSOR: Deaton

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety by a vote of 17 to 0.

Current law requires any change in the state personnel pay plan to be made on a statewide basis. This bill provides an exception to this requirement for the State Highway Patrol.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that, currently, a state employee has to stay with a state employee base pay plan so it is uniform, and it makes sense in general to keep it that way. However, the highway patrol should be able to pay a higher base pay so this bill excludes the agency from the requirement. If they make the same across the board, a trooper who lives in a rural county where the cost of living is lower arguably makes more money than a trooper who lives in a place like St. Louis, where the cost of living is higher. For a different type of state employee, you can take a job where the cost of living is lower so you make more money, but troopers do not have that option. Troopers have to go where they are sent because they work for a state law enforcement agency. This will help with recruitment and retainment, including minority recruitment.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Deaton; and Missouri State Troopers Association.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.



Written testimony has been submitted for this bill. The full written testimony and witnesses testifying online can be found under Testimony on the bill page on the House website.
Bill History: 2022-12-01 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-03-02 H - Referred to House committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety , 2023-03-21 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/23/2023 8:00 AM - House-Crime Prevention and Public Safety, HR 7, 2023-03-23 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-04-11 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/13/2023 8:00 AM - House-Crime Prevention and Public Safety, HR 7, 2023-04-13 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-13 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-17 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Regulatory Oversight
HB383 - Requires state employees to be paid every two weeks
Sponsor: Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D)
Summary: HB 383 -- STATE EMPLOYEE PAY PERIODS

SPONSOR: Aldridge

This bill provides that pay periods for state employees shall not exceed 14 days, except when a payday falls on a holiday and requires employees to be paid before the regularly scheduled payday or as otherwise provided under Section 33.100, RSMo.

This bill is the same as HB 2268 (2022).
Bill History: 2022-12-06 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development
HB393 - Modifies provisions for state worker pay based on location
Sponsor: Rep. John Black (R)
Summary: HCS HB 393 -- HIGHWAY PATROL PAY PLAN

SPONSOR: Black

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass with HCS" by the Standing Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing by a vote of 11 to 0.

Currently, the pay plan provides for no consideration to be made on a statewide basis to make any distinction based upon geographical areas or urban and rural conditions. This bill creates an exception for the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) by removing the prohibition for consideration of the geographic area in changes to the pay plan.

The following is a summary of the public testimony from the committee hearing. The testimony was based on the introduced version of the bill.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that flexibility is needed in order to create pay that is appropriate for the cost of living in different areas of the state. This will help the Missouri State Highway Patrol hire and retain employees.

Testifying in person for the bill was Representative Black.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
Bill History: 2022-12-06 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-15 H - Referred to House Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing , 2023-02-24 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/28/2023 12:00 PM - House-Professional Registration and Licensing, HR 1, 2023-02-28 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-03-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/28/2023 12:00 PM - ** CANCELLED ** - House-Professional Registration and Licensing, HR 1, 2023-03-28 H - Committee hearing cancelled - House-Professional Registration and Licensing - 3/28/23 - 12:00 pm or Upon Morning Recess - HR 1 , 2023-03-28 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/29/2023 4:30 PM - House-Professional Registration and Licensing, HR 7, 2023-03-29 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-30 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-04-05 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Regulatory Oversight , 2023-04-11 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/12/2023 1:30 PM - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-12 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-13 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-05 H - Dropped from Calendar - Pursuant to House Rules
HB432 - Modifies provisions relating to alternative work schedules for state agencies
Sponsor: Rep. Chad Perkins (R)
Summary: HB 432 -- ALTERNATIVE WORK SCHEDULES FOR STATE AGENCIES

SPONSOR: Perkins

This bill authorizes a state agency, state department, or division to approve an alternative, compressed work week schedule of a four- day work week composed of 10 hours a day, if it is deemed appropriate by the director or other appropriate authority.
Bill History: 2022-12-14 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-04-04 H - Referred to House-Special Committee on Government Administration , 2023-04-06 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/13/2023 10:15 AM - House-Special Committee on Government Administration, HR 6, 2023-04-12 H - ** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Special Committee on Government Administration - 4/13/23 - 10:15 am or Upon Adjournment - HR 6 , 2023-04-13 H - Public hearing completed
HB466 - Modifies provisions related to workers' compensation to establish PTSD as an occupational disease for first responders
Sponsor: Rep. Kurtis Gregory (R)
Summary: HB 466 -- WORKERS COMPENSATION FOR PTSD

SPONSOR: Gregory

This bill recognizes Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a compensable occupational disease for purposes of the Workers' Compensation Law, if diagnosed in a first responder as specified in the bill. Benefits are payable to a first responder without the need for a physical injury and are not subject to any preexisting PTSD.

Notice of the injury or death in cases of compensable PTSD are measured from exposure to one of the qualifying stressors listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5),or diagnosis of the disorder. Any claim for compensation must be made to the Division of Workers' Compensation within the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations within 52 weeks of the exposure to the stessor or from diagnosis, whichever is later.
Bill History: 2022-12-19 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety
HB471 - Allows state agencies to create incentive programs for employees
Sponsor: Rep. John Black (R)
Summary: HCS HB 471 -- PUBLIC EMPLOYEE INCENTIVES (Black)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing

In order to encourage retention or exceptional employment achievement, this bill provides for personnel payments to be made according to specific, written criteria, predetermined and approved by the department director in writing, at least one year prior to the exceptional employment achievement. The payments authorized by the bill shall not exceed 20% of the employee's base wages or salary and are awarded upon the completion of the retention period in question and not more frequently than annually. The payments indicated in the bill are not considered a bonus in violation of Article III, Section 39 of the Missouri Constitution. These provisions shall not apply to any public employee whose salary is set by statute.

This bill allows school districts to adopt written policies describing criteria, to be approved by their school boards, allowing exceptional employment achievement payments in contracts between school districts and individual district employees.

This bill also allows the board of education of a school district to include differentiated placement of teachers on the salary schedule to increase compensation for teachers in hard-to-staff subject areas or hard-to-staff schools, as defined in the bill. Each school district that includes differentiated placement of teachers on the district salary schedule shall submit an annual report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The contents of the report are specified in the bill.
Bill History: 2022-12-19 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-15 H - Referred to Committee on Government Efficiency and Downsizing , 2023-02-27 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/01/2023 8:00 AM - House-Government Efficiency and Downsizing, HR 5, 2023-03-01 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** IN RECESS until HOUSE ADJOURNMENT ** - House-Government Efficiency and Downsizing - 3/1/23 - 8:00 am - HR 6 , 2023-03-01 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** REVISED for LOCATION CHANGE ** - House-Government Efficiency and Downsizing - 3/1/23 - 8:00 am (IN RECESS) - HR 5 , 2023-03-01 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-03-06 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/08/2023 8:00 AM - House-Government Efficiency and Downsizing, HR 6, 2023-03-08 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-20 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-29 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight , 2023-03-30 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/03/2023 2:15 PM - ** REVISED to ADD BILLS ** - House-Rules-Legislative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-03 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-03 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-05 H - Placed on Informal Perfection Calendar , 2023-04-05 H - Placed Back on Formal Perfection Calendar , 2023-04-12 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-04-12 H - Floor Amendment(s) Adopted - 2 , 2023-04-12 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-04-12 H - Perfected , 2023-04-13 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-04-13 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/17/2023 1:15 PM - House-Fiscal Review, HR 4, 2023-04-17 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-17 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-17 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-04-17 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-107 N-17 , 2023-04-18 S - Reported to the Senate and read first time , 2023-04-20 S - Read Second Time , 2023-04-20 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development , 2023-04-20 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/25/2023 8:00 AM - Senate-Education and Workforce Development, Senate Lounge, 2023-04-25 S - Hearing Conducted
HB510 - Modifies provisions relating to mail sent by state agencies
Sponsor: Rep. Dave Griffith (R)
Summary: HCS HB 510 -- MAIL SENT BY STATE DEPARTMENTS (Griffith)

Currently a notice of deficiency from the Department or Revenue must be sent via certified or registered mail. This bill authorizes the Department to send a notice of deficiency to taxpayers, other than individuals, electronically, upon request. For individual taxpayers, the Department may send the notice of deficiency by first class mail or electronically at the taxpayer's request.

This bill removes a requirement that any notice sent to an applicant or recipient of the blind pension fund must be sent by certified mail. Instead, the bill allows the notice to be sent by mail delivered by the United States Postal Service, except that, for any notice of adverse actions, as described in the bill, such notice shall also be sent by certified mail delivered by USPS at the applicant's or recipient's address of record. Further, this bill removes a requirement that notices of assessments by the Executive Director of the Ethics Commission be sent by registered mail.
Bill History: 2022-12-28 H - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 H - Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-08 H - Referred to House committee on General Laws , 2023-02-09 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/14/2023 4:30 PM - House-General Laws, HR 7, 2023-02-14 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/28/2023 4:00 PM - House-General Laws, HR 7, 2023-02-28 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-01 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-02 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Administrative Oversight , 2023-03-07 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/08/2023 4:00 PM - House-Rules-Administrative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-03-08 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-09 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-25 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-04-25 H - Floor Amendment(s) Adopted - 1 , 2023-04-25 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-04-25 H - Perfected , 2023-04-26 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-04-27 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  05/01/2023 1:45 PM - ** REVISED to ADD BILLS ** - House-Fiscal Review, House Lounge, 2023-05-01 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-05-01 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-01 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-01 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-153 N-0 , 2023-05-01 S - Reported to the Senate and read first time , 2023-05-02 S - Read Second Time , 2023-05-02 S - Referred to Senate-Governmental Accountability
HB601 - Establishes a minimum fee for Missouri state highway patrol records
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Knight (R)
Summary: HB 601 -- HIGHWAY PATROL RECORDS FEES

SPONSOR: Knight

This bill provides that a minimum fee of $6 may be charged by the State Highway Patrol for any records request for a Missouri Uniform Crash Report or Marine Accident Investigation Report where there is an allowable fee of less than $6. Such $6 fee will be in place of the allowable fee of less than $6. The fee may be increased by no more than $1 every other year starting August 28, 2024. The minimum fee must not exceed $10.

This bill is the same as HB 443 (2023).
Bill History: 2023-01-04 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-05 H - Read Second Time , 2023-01-25 H - Referred to House Committee on Transportation Infrastructure , 2023-01-26 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/01/2023 12:00 PM - ** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Transportation Infrastructure, HR 7, 2023-01-30 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Transportation Infrastructure - 2/1/23 - 12:00 pm or Upon Adjournment - HR 7 , 2023-02-01 H - Public hearing completed
HB670 - Modifies provisions relating to retirement systems
Sponsor: Rep. Marlon Anderson (D)
Summary: HB 670 -- ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOL RETIREMENT SYSTEM

SPONSOR: Anderson

This bill allows retirees from the St. Louis Public School Retirement System to receive a one-time supplemental payment equal to the lesser of the person's gross amount of the regular pension benefit or $2,000. Subject to appropriation the supplemental payment shall be payable no later than September 30, 2024.

This bill is the same as HB 2352 (2022).
Bill History: 2023-01-05 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-09 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions
HB700 - Creates provisions relating to refusal of medical procedures or treatment
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Hardwick (R)
Summary: HCS HBs 700 & 445 -- REFUSAL OF MEDICAL PROCEDURES OR TREATMENT (Hardwick)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Emerging Issues

No public school district or public charter school receiving public funds shall require for a student, as a condition of enrollment, attendance of event or activity, or any other reason, to:

(1) Receive a COVID-19 vaccination;

(2) Receive a dose of messenger ribonucleic acid;

(3) Receive any treatment or procedure intended or designed to edit or alter human deoxyribonucleic acid or the human genome; or

(4) Have placed under the student's skin any mechanical or electronic device.

No public body, political subdivision, public school district, state department or agency, judge or judicial officer, public official, peace officer, or person appointed by the Governor acting in an official capacity shall require any person to:

(1) Receive a COVID-19 vaccination;

(2) Receive a dose of messenger ribonucleic acid;

(3) Receive any treatment or procedure intended or designed to edit or alter human deoxyribonucleic acid or the human genome; or

(4) Have placed under the person's skin any mechanical or electronic device;

Or impose any fine, tax, or criminal or civil penalty based upon a person's decision to receive any of the above.

The provisions of this section relating to COVID-19 vaccination shall not apply to any student training in a health care field receiving clinical hours at a facility as described in the bill and public colleges or universities that require COVID-19 vaccination for employees or select student participants to receive federal funds. Additionally, the provisions of this section shall not apply to certain facilities, entities, and individuals described in the bill (Section 191.230, RSMo).

Employees shall be exempt from any employer requirement, and students from a public college or university requirement, to receive medical treatment, as defined in the bill, as a condition of employment or participation in a sponsored activity if the employee or student submits a request in writing that states:

(1) The employee or student holds a sincerely held religious belief, which may include any deeply held nontheistic moral belief, that forbids the employee from receiving the medical treatment and reasonable accommodation would not pose an undue hardship; or

(2) The employee or student has received written recommendation from a physician advising the employee not to receive the required medical treatment.

A court may grant any person whose rights are violated by this section relief, including injunctive relief, and reasonable attorney's fees (Section 292.648).
Bill History: 2023-01-05 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-09 H - Read Second Time , 2023-01-25 H - Referred to House Committee on Emerging Issues , 2023-02-21 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/22/2023 4:00 PM - House-Emerging Issues, HR 6, 2023-02-22 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/28/2023 12:00 PM - House-Emerging Issues, HR 3, 2023-02-28 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-02-28 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-02 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight , 2023-03-02 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/06/2023 2:00 PM - ** REVISED for TIME and BILLS ** - House-Rules-Legislative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-03-06 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-06 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-21 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-21 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-03-21 H - Perfected , 2023-05-01 H - Placed on the Informal Third Reading Calendar
HB733 - Creates the Expanding Public Sector Career Opportunities Act
Sponsor: Rep. Mitch Boggs (R)
Summary: HCS HB 733 -- EXPANDING PUBLIC SECTOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ACT (Boggs)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development

This bill defines terms such as "hiring consideration", "applicant", "direct experience", "baseline requirement", and "postsecondary degree". The bill also inserts a definition for "state agency."

This bill specifies that state agencies and divisions shall not deny consideration to an applicant for hiring consideration solely on the basis that the applicant doesn't have a postsecondary degree. State agencies and divisions are required to determine the baseline requirements for applicants. However, a state agency or division is granted an exemption if the duties require a postsecondary degree based upon parameters included in the bill. Further, state agencies and divisions have the option to include a baseline requirement with a postsecondary degree only as an alternative to a particular number of years of direct experience as explained in the bill.

The Office of Administration (OA) has the authority to enforce the provisions of this bill to achieve compliance. Applicants who believe they were eliminated from a hiring consideration solely based upon lack of a postsecondary degree may appeal the decision to OA. A citizen may also report to OA if the job listing doesn't substantiate the need for a postsecondary degree. If OA substantiates the appeal or report made by a citizen, OA shall require the state agency or division to reopen the hiring process, modify the job posting, or take necessary action to achieve compliance.
Bill History: 2023-01-10 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-11 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-23 H - Referred to House Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/01/2023 10:00 AM - House-Workforce and Infrastructure Development, HR 6, 2023-03-01 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-03-03 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/08/2023 8:00 AM - House-Workforce and Infrastructure Development, Joint Committee Room (Room 117), 2023-03-08 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-16 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-20 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight , 2023-03-21 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/22/2023 9:00 AM - House-Rules-Legislative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-03-22 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-22 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-28 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-28 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-03-28 H - Perfected , 2023-03-29 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-03-29 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/03/2023 2:00 PM - ** REVISED to ADD BILLS ** - House-Fiscal Review, HR 4, 2023-04-03 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-03 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-03 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-04-03 H - Laid over on third reading
HB769 - Modifies provisions related to proxy voting and fiduciary investment duties for certain public employee retirement and pension systems
Sponsor: Rep. Bill Owen (R)
Summary: HB 769 -- RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Owen

Currently, an investment fiduciary has to discharge his or her duties relating to the investment, reinvestment and management of the assets of the system for the participants, based upon certain specified standards. This bill includes additional standards and provides that the investment fiduciary shall not consider environmental, social, or governance characteristics in a manner that overrides his or her fiduciary duties. Further, the investment fiduciary shall not be subject to legislative, regulatory, or other mandates to invest with environmentally, socially, or other noneconomically motivated influence unless they are consistent with the fiduciary's responsibilities, or divest from any direct holdings as mentioned in the bill.

The bill provides for voting of all shares of common stock solely to further the economic interest of the plan participants and prohibits voting to further noneconomic environmental, social, political, ideological or other goals. The bill also specifies the methods for voting by proxy.
Bill History: 2023-01-11 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-12 H - Read Second Time , 2023-01-19 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions , 2023-01-26 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/31/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-01-31 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-02 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/07/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-02-07 H - Voted Do Pass
HB882 - Requires the department of transportation to pay for all fees and costs associated with memorial sign designations on roads and bridges honoring deceased veterans, members of the armed forces who are missing in action, deceased firefighters, and deceased law enforcement officers
Sponsor: Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R)
Summary:

HCS HBs 882 & 518 -- MEMORIAL ROADS AND BRIDGES (Byrnes)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Transportation Accountability

This bill requires the Department of Transportation to pay all costs associated with the designation of memorial highways and bridges honoring deceased Missouri veterans who died in the line of duty, Missouri members of the armed forces who are missing in action, deceased Missouri law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, and deceased Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Bill History: 2023-01-19 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-23 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-02 H - Referred to House-Transportation Accountability , 2023-02-03 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/09/2023 8:00 AM - House-Transportation Accountability, HR 1, 2023-02-09 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** IN RECESS until HOUSE ADJOURNMENT ** - House-Transportation Accountability - 2/9/23 - 8:00 am - HR 1 , 2023-02-09 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-09 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/16/2023 8:00 AM - House-Transportation Accountability, HR 1, 2023-02-16 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-06 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-03-06 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Administrative Oversight , 2023-03-07 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/08/2023 4:00 PM - House-Rules-Administrative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-03-08 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-09 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-22 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-22 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-03-22 H - Perfected , 2023-03-23 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-03-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/27/2023 1:30 PM - House-Fiscal Review, HR 4, 2023-03-27 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-27 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-29 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-29 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-153 N-0 , 2023-03-30 S - Reported to the Senate and read first time , 2023-04-13 S - Read Second Time , 2023-04-13 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety , 2023-04-17 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/19/2023 8:15 AM - Senate-Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety, SCR 1, 2023-04-19 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-04-26 S - Superseded by HB 94
HB923 - Modifies terms of active employee members of the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System
Sponsor: Rep. Barry Hovis (R)
Summary: HB 923 -- MODOT AND HIGHWAY PATROL RETIREMENT (Hovis)

COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Pensions

The bill modifies the Board membership of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System by having the terms of the active employee representatives serving on the Board on August 28, 2026, to continue an additional two years until June 30, 2028 and after such date all terms of elected active employee representatives shall be for four years beginning July 1, 2028 and every four years thereafter.
Bill History: 2023-01-24 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-25 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-02 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions , 2023-02-02 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/07/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-02-07 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-02-10 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/14/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-02-14 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-02-15 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-02-15 H - Recommended for House Consent Calendar , 2023-02-15 H - Referred to House committee on Consent and House Procedure , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/28/2023 5:00 PM - House-Consent and House Procedure, HR 5, 2023-02-27 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing - ** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Consent and House Procedure - 2/28/23 - 5:00 pm or Upon Adjournment - HR 5 , 2023-02-28 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-03-01 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-03-09 H - Perfected on consent calendar , 2023-03-22 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-03-22 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-153 N-0 , 2023-03-22 S - Reported to the Senate and read first time , 2023-04-06 S - Read Second Time , 2023-04-06 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , 2023-04-20 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/26/2023 11:00 AM - ** CANCELLED ** - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-04-26 S - Committee hearing cancelled - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 4/26/23 - 11:00 am - Senate Lounge , 2023-04-28 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  05/03/2023 11:00 AM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-05-03 S - Hearing Conducted
HB1062 - Authorizes taxpayers to reject income tax cuts and establishes a fund for the difference in the excess amounts to be paid out to eligible state employees
Sponsor: Rep. Mark Matthiesen (R)
Summary: HB 1062 -- TAX CUTS

SPONSOR: Matthiesen

Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill creates the "State Employee Support Fund". The moneys placed in this Fund will come from participating taxpayers. Taxpayers will have the option to multiply their adjusted gross income by the difference between the current top rate of tax for such taxpayer's income bracket and 6%. Any excess amount shall be paid out to eligible state employees and treated as supplemental taxable income.

The provisions of the new program shall automatically sunset December 31, 2029.
Bill History: 2023-02-07 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-02-08 H - Read Second Time , 2023-04-04 H - Referred to Special Committee on Tax Reform
HB1185 - Modifies provisions relating to Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System and Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Sponsor: Rep. Barry Hovis (R)
Summary: HB 1185 -- RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

SPONSOR: Hovis

COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "Do Pass" by the Standing Committee on Pensions by a vote of 6 to 0.

The bill proposes cleanup language affecting the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System (MOSERS) and the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System (MPERS).

This bill modifies the definition of "compensation" to allow the respective boards to define "compensation" by rules (Section 104.010, RSMo).

MPERS

The bill makes the following modifications to MPERS:

(1) Expands the powers and duties of MPERS to include additional Sections 104.271, 104.272, and 104.312;

(2) Allows a terminated vested employee to restore service if they become a member, working for a department, for one day instead of one year (Section 104.035);

(3) Repeals Section 104.130 relating to death benefits for retired members;

(4) Removes language requiring the election of the Chair and Vice Chair of the MPERS Board from being by secret ballot (Section 104.170);

(5) Clarifies that the statute of limitations for correcting an error starts upon the member’s annuity starting date or date of error, whichever is later. This change also adds language to exclude cases of fraud from the statute of limitations (Section 104.200); and

(6) Specifies employees of the State Water Patrol that terminate employment and return to the same position are members of the system in which he or she was a member prior to termination and if the employee returns to any other job he or she is a member of the system that currently covers that position (Section 104.810).

MOSERS

The bill makes the following modifications to MOSERS: (1) Excludes service accrued under Section 104.601 from division of benefit orders and moves language from Section 104.625 related to division of benefit orders and backdrop payments to Section 104.312 where other division of benefit order language resides (Section 104.312);

(2) Limits the amount of service a member of the General Assembly or statewide elected official can accrue while on long-term disability (Section 104.410);

(3) Removes the requirement that the contributions for unfunded accrued liabilities be determined using the level percent-of- payroll amortization method (Section 104.436);

(4) Clarifies that the statute of limitations for correcting an error starts upon the member’s annuity starting date or date of error, whichever is later. This change also adds language to exclude cases of fraud from the statute of limitations (Sections 104.490.1 and 104.1060);

(5) Allows members who terminate employment after reaching normal or early retirement age and become a retiree within 65 days of termination, instead of 60 days, to receive $5,000 of life insurance coverage (Section 104.515);

(6) Removes the option for members to receive the lump sum backdrop payment in three equal installments (Sections 104.625 and 104.1024);

(7) Removes any service of a member accrued during the backdrop period from being considered creditable service when calculating the monthly amount under a division of benefit order pursuant to Section 104.312 (Section 104.625);

(8) Modifies the definition of "pay" to allow the respective board to define "compensation" by rules and deletes the definition of year as used in the definition of employee. This language should have previously been removed when Section 104.1039 was modified to reflect requirements for reemployed members (Section 104.1003);

(9) Clarifies that members who terminate after reaching normal retirement eligibility are eligible to retire under the provisions of Section 104.1024 (Section 104.1018);

(10) Corrects a statutory citation (Section 104.1024); (11) Clarifies that members who terminate after reaching normal eligibility are eligible to retire under the provisions of Section 104.1024;

(12) Removes any service of a member accrued during the backdrop period from being considered creditable service when calculating the monthly amount under a division of benefit order (Section 104.1024);

(13) Excludes a member’s sick leave accruals from the calculation of the monthly benefit amount subject to division under a division of benefit order (Section 104.1051);

(14) Moves language from Section 104.1024 related to division of benefit orders and backdrop payments to Section 104.1051 where other division of benefit order language resides;

(15) Removes the requirement that the contributions for unfunded accrued liabilities be determined using the level percent-of- payroll amortization method (Section 104.1066);

(16) Allows members who terminate employment after reaching normal or early retirement age and become a retiree within 65 days of termination, instead of 60 days, to receive $5,000 of life insurance coverage (Section 104.1072);

(17) Limits the amount of service a member of the General Assembly or statewide elected official can accrue while on long-term disability (Section 104.1084);

(18) Clarifies that members who terminate employment after reaching early retirement eligibility remain eligible for early retirement (Section 104.1091);

(19) Clarifies when a member can receive a refund of their employee contributions after termination (Section 104.1091);

(20) Clarifies that members who terminate after reaching normal retirement eligibility are eligible to retire (Section 104.1091);

(21) Clarifies that members who terminate employment after reaching early retirement eligibility remain eligible for early retirement (Section 104.1091);

(22) Clarifies that the delayed survivor annuity provision applies to members who terminated employment prior to reaching early retirement eligibility (Section 104.1091); (23) Clarifies that the delayed cost-of-living provision adjustment applies to members who terminated employment prior to reaching early retirement eligibility (Section 104.1091); and

(24) Makes the interest rate credited to a judge’s employee contribution balance the 52 week treasury bill rate, instead of 4%. This change brings the Judicial 2011 plan in align with the MSEP 2011 plan (Section 476.521).

This bill is similar to SB 407 (2023) and HB 2234 (2022).

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill provides clarification and clean up to several provisions relating to the retirement systems, Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) and the Missouri Department of Transportation and Patrol Employees’ Retirement System (MPERS). Most of these changes are minor modifications and clarifications of the retirement plans that are administrative in nature and clarify or eliminate inconsistencies in the law. This is the 4th year the bill has been submitted to the committee. There is a provision relating to the amount of service credit to the members of the General Assembly or Statewide Elected Officials while on long term disability which reflects the term limits. Also the employee contribution for the Judicial Plan is similar to the treasury rate so all members receive the same rate.

Testifying in person for the bill were Representative Hovis; Abby Spieler, Missouri State Employee Retirement System; and Scott Simon, MoDOT & Patrol Employee Retirement System.

OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.



Written testimony has been submitted for this bill. The full written testimony and witnesses testifying online can be found under Testimony on the bill page on the House website.
Bill History: 2023-02-16 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-02-21 H - Read Second Time , 2023-03-23 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions , 2023-03-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/28/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-03-28 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-03-29 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/04/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-04-04 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-05 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-12 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight , 2023-04-13 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/17/2023 1:30 PM - House-Rules-Legislative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-17 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-17 H - Reported Do Pass
HB1302 - Modifies laws regarding the composition of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HB 1302 -- MEMBERS OF THE HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

SPONSOR: Riggs

This bill changes the way in which members of the state highways and transportation commission are selected.

Beginning January 1, 2024, the number of members of the commission is increased to eight from six and not more than one person can be appointed from the same congressional district. A member's seat will be considered forfeited and vacant if the member is found, by a unanimous vote of the other commissioners, to have moved from the congressional district from which appointed. A member also can be removed by the Governor upon a two-thirds vote of the House of Representatives and a two-thirds vote of the Senate.

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Governor must appoint two additional members of the commission from a list of six nominees submitted and approved by the General Assembly upon a two-thirds vote of each chamber. After these initial additional appointments by the governor, subsequent appointments must be made by the Governor from a three-member nominee list approved by a two-thirds vote of each chamber.
Bill History: 2023-02-28 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-03-01 H - Read Second Time , 2023-04-05 H - Referred to House-Transportation Accountability , 2023-04-11 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/13/2023 8:00 AM - ** CANCELLED ** - House-Transportation Accountability, HR 1, 2023-04-13 H - Committee hearing cancelled - Transportation Accountability - 4/13/23 - 8:00 am - HR 1 , 2023-04-14 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/20/2023 8:00 AM - House-Transportation Accountability, HR 1, 2023-04-20 H - ** IN RECESS until HOUSE ADJOURNMENT ** - House-Transportation Accountability - 4/20/23 - 8:00 am - HR 1 , 2023-04-20 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-04-25 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/27/2023 8:00 AM - House-Transportation Accountability, HR 1, 2023-04-27 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-05-08 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight
HB1355 - Creates new provisions relating to joint employees
Sponsor: Rep. Alex Riley (R)
Summary: HB 1355 -- JOINT EMPLOYEES

SPONSOR: Riley

Under the provisions of this bill, neither a franchisee nor a franchisee's employees shall be considered employees of a franchisor for any purpose unless the franchisor exercises direct and immediate control over the hiring, termination, discipline, and direction of the employees of a franchisee.

This bill is the same as SB 465 (2023).
Bill History: 2023-03-01 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-03-02 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House Committee on Workforce and Infrastructure Development
HB1396 - Authorizes an income tax exemption for certain state employees whose state wages or salary are at or below six times the federal poverty guidelines
Sponsor: Rep. Don Mayhew (R)
Summary: HB 1396 -- INCOME TAX EXEMPTION

SPONSOR: Mayhew

This bill, beginning January 1, 2024, creates a tax exemption for full-time and part-time employees of the State for wages and salaries that do not exceed 600% of the federal poverty guidelines for an individual. Such calculations shall not include income from sources other than state employment or from persons in the state employee's family or household.

Any portion of a state employee's wages or salary derived from state employment that exceeds the federal poverty guidelines will be subject to tax on the remaining portion of such wages or salary.

The following types of state employees will not be granted such a tax exemption:

(1) Any person elected or appointed to a state office;

(2) Any contractor, independent contractor, or worker submitted on a federal 1099 form;

(3) Any temporary employee; or

(4) Any person whose payment is contingent on the commission or performance of work on a specific, one-time basis.
Bill History: 2023-03-01 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-03-02 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to Special Committee on Tax Reform
HJR41 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to grant the legislature the authority to veto department of transportation spending plans
Sponsor: Rep. Louis Riggs (R)
Summary: HJR 41 -- TRANSPORTATION SPENDING PLAN

SPONSOR: Riggs

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would give the General Assembly the power to veto any Department of Transportation spending plan, including the Department's statewide transportation improvement program.

This bill is the same as HJR 129 (2022).
Bill History: 2023-01-09 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-10 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House-Transportation Accountability
HJR42 - Proposes a constitutional amendment to grant the legislature the authority to veto department of transportation spending plans
Sponsor: Rep. Brian Seitz (R)
Summary: HJR 42 -- DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPENDING PLANS

SPONSOR: Seitz

Upon voter approval, this proposed Constitutional amendment would give the General Assembly the power to veto any Department of Transportation spending plan, including the Department's statewide transportation improvement program.

This bill is the same as HJR 129 (2022).
Bill History: 2023-01-10 H - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-01-11 H - Read Second Time , 2023-05-12 H - Referred to House-Transportation Accountability
SB20 - Modifies provisions relating to retirement
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R)
Summary:

CCS/SB 20 - This act modifies provisions relating to retirement.

 

SHERIFFS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (SECTIONS 57.952 TO 57.991)

Currently, neither the General Assembly nor the governing body of a county shall appropriate funds for deposit in the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund. This act provides that the General Assembly and the governing body of a county may appropriate funds for deposit in the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund. Additionally, the Board of the Sheriffs' Retirement System may accept gifts, donations, grants, and bequests from public or private sources for the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund.

 

Furthermore, this act provides that each person who is a member of the Sheriffs' Retirement System on or after January 1, 2024, shall be required to contribute five percent of his or her pay. Each county shall make the payroll deductions for member contributions from the same source of funds used for payment of compensation to the members and shall transmit such moneys to the Board for deposit in the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund. The deductions shall not reduce the member's pay for purposes of computing benefits. When paid to the Sheriffs' Retirement System, each of the contributions shall be credited to the member from whose compensation the contributions were deducted. Additionally, the contributions shall be treated as employee contributions for purposes of federal income tax purposes.

 

Furthermore, this act provides that a former member who is not vested may request a refund of his or her contributions, which shall be paid after 90 days from the later of the date of termination or the date of request. This act also provides that the normal annuity provided to a retired member of the Sheriffs' Retirement System shall not be less than $1,000 per month.

 

Currently, the benefits provided by the Sheriffs' Retirement System shall in no way affect the eligibility for retirement benefits from the Missouri Local Government Employees' Retirement System ("LAGERS") or any other local government retirement or pension system, or in any way have the effect of reducing retirement benefits in such systems, or reducing compensation or mileage reimbursement of employees. This act provides that such provision shall apply to members of the system prior to December 31, 2023. Any new member employed on or after January 1, 2024, that is a member of another state or local retirement or pension system shall cease membership in any other state or local retirement pension system, except that the member shall be entitled to benefits accrued through December 31, 2023, or the commencement of membership in the Sheriffs' Retirement System, whichever is later.

 

These provisions are substantially similar to provisions in HCS/SS/SCS/SBs 119 & 120 (2023) and are similar to provisions in the perfected HCS/HB 155 (2023), SCS/SB 647 (2023), HCS/HB 934 (2023), SB 1054 (2022), and HB 2681 (2022).

 

POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF ST. LOUIS (SECTIONS 86.253 TO 86.287)

Currently, a surviving spouse of a member of the Police Retirement System of St. Louis shall be entitled to a pension benefit as defined in law until the surviving spouse dies or remarries, whichever is earlier. This act removes when a spouse remarries and only provides that a surviving spouse shall have a pension benefit for his or her life. Furthermore, this act provides that a surviving spouse receiving death benefits as a result of a prior marriage to a deceased member who subsequently remarries another member who also predeceases the surviving spouse shall receive only a single pension as calculated in the act using the highest of the average final compensations of the deceased members. Additionally, any surviving spouse that previously had become ineligible prior to August 23, 2023, shall have all future benefits reinstated upon application to the Board of Trustees of the Police Retirement System of St. Louis.

 

These provisions are substantially similar to provisions in SCS/HCS/HB 155 (2023), HCS/HB 303 (2023), and in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023).

 

MPERS: DEFINITIONS & BOARD (SECTIONS 104.010, 104.020, 104.035, 104.090, 104.130 & 104.170)

This act provides that the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System ("MPERS") may further define the term "compensation" in a manner consistent with current law. Additionally, this act modifies the sectional references for provisions applicable to MPERS.

 

This act repeals the requirement of one continuous year of service for purposes of restoration of prior service periods for those terminated members of MPERS entitled to a deferred normal annuity who reenter service. This act also repeals the availability of reelection of joint and survivor benefits within one year of a new marriage for those members whose annuities have reverted to a single life annuity following the death of a spouse and have been made a special consultant of the Board and repeals the provision relating to the requirement of the Board of MPERS to pay a retired member's designated beneficiaries or estate a death benefit equal to the excess of accumulated member contributions over the total amount of retirement benefits received. The election of chair and vice-chair of the Board by secret ballot is also repealed.

 

MPERS: BOARD TERMS (SECTION 104.160)

Additionally, this act provides that the terms of those active employee members serving on the Board of Trustees of MPERS on August 28, 2026, shall continue until June 30, 2028. The terms of the active employee members shall be four years after June 30, 2028.

 

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/SS/SB 75 (2023), in the perfected HCS/HB 155 (2023), in HCS/HB 222 (2023), in HCS/HB 257 (2023), in HCS/HB 496 (2023), HB 923 (2023), in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), SB 1053 (2022), HCS/HB 1984 (2022), and in HCS/HB 2799 (2022) and is substantially similar to a provision in SB 618 (2021), HCB 1 (2021), HB 1418 (2021), and HB 2165 (2020).

 

MPERS/MOSERS: ERROR CORRECTIONS (SECTIONS 104.200, 104.490 & 104.1060)

Currently, the Board of MPERS and the Board of the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System ("MOSERS") shall correct an error that has resulted in a member or beneficiary receiving more or less than entitled if the system discovers or is notified of such error within ten years after the initial date of the error. This act provides that no error shall be corrected unless the system discovers or is notified within ten years after the later of the member's annuity starting date or the date of error. However, in cases of fraud, any error shall be corrected.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: DIVISION OF BENEFITS IN DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE ACTIONS (SECTIONS 104.312, 104.625(4), 104.1024.6(4) & 104.1051)

This act provides that unused sick leave credited to a MPERS or MOSERS member shall be excluded in the monthly amount paid to the alternate payee or former spouse for a division of benefits order in a dissolution of marriage action. This act also specifies that annual benefit increases paid after the member's annuity starting date shall not be considered an increase accrued after the termination of the marriage and shall be counted as part of the monthly amount. For a member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age, any service or compensation between the retroactive starting date and the annuity starting date shall not be considered creditable service or compensation. Additionally, any lump sum payment elected by a member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age shall not be subject to a division of benefits order.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT AS LEGISLATOR OR ELECTED OFFICIAL (SECTIONS 104.380 & 104.1039)

Currently, if a retired member of MOSERS or a retired member of the Year 2000 Plan of MPERS is elected or appointed to any state office or is employed by a department in a benefit-eligible position, the member shall not receive an annuity nor accrue annual benefit increases or cost-of-living adjustments for any month or part of a month for which the member serves as an officer or employee. This act excludes members of the General Assembly and an elected state official holding an elective state office from such provisions.

 

These provisions are identical to provisions in HCS/SS/SB 75 (2023), in SCS/HCS/HB 155, in HCS/HB 222 (2023), in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), and HB 2684 (2022).

 

MPERS/MOSERS: DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS (SECTIONS 104.410 & 104.1084)

Members of the General Assembly and statewide elected officials who qualify for disability shall continue to accrue service until the earliest of attainment of normal retirement age eligibility, termination of disability benefits, or the end of his or her constitutionally mandated limit on service for the particular chamber of the General Assembly or office in which he or she was serving at the time of the disablement.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: ACTUARIAL AMORTIZATION AND COST METHODS (SECTIONS 104.436 & 104.1066)

Currently, the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System ("MOSERS") and, under the Year 2000 Plan, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System ("MPERS"), shall use the entry age normal cost valuation method for normal cost calculations and shall use the level percent-of-payroll amortization for determinations of contributions for unfunded accrued liabilities. This act repeals the use of the level percent-of-payroll and provides only for the entry age normal cost valuation method to be used in determining the normal cost calculation.

 

This provision is identical to provisions in SB 77 (2023), the perfected HCS/HB 155 (2023), in SB 407 (2023), in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), in HB 1185 (2023), in HB 2234 (2022), in HCS/HB 2799 (2022), HCB 1 (2021), in HB 701 (2021), in SB 901 (2020), and in HCS/HB 1999 (2020).

 

MPERS/MOSERS: SPECIAL CONSULTANTS (SECTIONS 104.515 & 104.1072)

This act provides that special consultants of the Board of Trustees of MPERS or MOSERS who have reached a normal or early retirement age and become a retiree within 65 days, instead of 60 days, shall receive $5,000 of life insurance coverage.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: ANNUITIES AND LUMP SUM PAYMENTS (SECTIONS 104.625(3) & 104.1024.6(3))

A member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age may currently elect to receive lump sum amounts in full or in three equal annual installments. This act repeals the availability of lump sum payments in installments.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: WATER PATROL EMPLOYEES (SECTION 104.810)

If an employee of the Missouri State Water Patrol who earned creditable service in the closed plan of MOSERS and who was eligible to transfer membership to the closed plan of MPERS has terminated his or her position and subsequently returns to the same position, the employee will be a member of the system in which he or she was a member prior to termination. If the employee returned to any other position, the employee shall be a member of the system that currently covers that position.

 

MPERS/MOSERS: YEAR 2000 PLAN (SECTIONS 104.1003, 104.1018, 104.1024 & 104.1091)

This act repeals the term "year" as it relates to the term "employee" when describing persons employed in positions requiring the performance of duties of not less than one thousand forty hours per year. This act also corrects a sectional reference to mandatory retirement for members of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Additionally, this act provides that the Board of Trustees for the respective system may further define the term "pay" in a manner consistent with current law.

 

This act provides that any vested former member who terminated employment after attaining normal retirement eligibility shall be considered a member of the retirement system entitled to certain annuities under the Year 2000 plan. This act further provides that the calculation for the life annuity paid under the Year 2000 Plan for individuals with credited service not covered by Social Security is for certain teachers of certain state agencies and universities whose credited service is not covered by Social Security.

 

Currently, vested former members are not eligible for early retirement. This act modifies the provision to provide that only those vested former members who terminate employment prior to the attainment of early retirement eligibility are not eligible for such early retirement. Additionally, a refund of contributions requested by a former member currently shall be paid by the system after 90 days from the later of either the date of termination or the date of request. This act provides that such a refund, which shall include all employee contributions, shall be paid by the system within an administratively reasonable period, but no sooner than 90 days after the date of termination. Further, a former member who receives a refund shall not be eligible to receive any disability benefits, rather than long-term disability benefits.

 

This act provides that those vested former members who terminated employment after attainment of normal retirement eligibility shall be covered by a member's normal retirement eligibility. Additionally, current law provides that the survivor annuity payable for vested former members is not payable until the deceased member would have reached normal retirement eligibility. This act provides that such survivor annuity is not payable until such time for those vested former members who terminated employment prior to early retirement eligibility. Further, the current annual cost-of-living adjustments, which shall not commence until the second anniversary of the annuity starting date, apply only to vested former members who terminated employment prior to early retirement eligibility.

 

ESOP INCOME TAX DEDUCTION (SECTION 143.114)

Current law authorizes an income tax deduction equal to 50% of the net capital gain from selling employer securities to a qualified Missouri employee stock ownership plan, with such deduction scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2022. This act repeals the sunset provision.

 

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/SS#3/SCS/SB 131 (2023), HCS/SS/SCS/SB 133 (2023), HS/HCS/HB 356 (2023), HB 512 (2023), in SCS/HCS/HB 934 (2023) and is substantially similar to a provision in HCS/SB 247 (2023), HCS/SS/SB 807 (2022), and HCS/SS/SCS/SB 931 (2022).

 

SPEECH IMPLEMENTERS CERTIFICATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE (SECTION 168.082)

This act provides that any person who was employed as a speech implementer before August 1, 2022, that is employed on or after August 28, 2023, as a speech-language pathology assistant shall be considered a speech implementer for certification that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education required before August 28, 2022, and for Social Security coverage. Such person shall not be considered a speech implementer when such person dies, retires, or no longer works in a speech-language pathology assistant position.

 

This provision is similar to a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 155 (2023) and in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023).

 

PSRS: RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE MULTIPLIER (SECTION 169.070)

Current law provides that between July 1, 2001, and July 1, 2014, a member of Public School Retirement System of Missouri ("PSRS") with thirty-one years or more of service, regardless of age, is provided a retirement allowance with a multiplier of 2.55% of the member's final average salary for each year of the membership service. This act modifies this provision by removing the expiration date and by providing that a member with thirty-two years or more of service may receive such retirement allowance.

 

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/SS/SB 75 (2023), in the perfected SB 247 (2023), in HCS/HB 257 (2023), in HB 495 (2023), in HCS/HB 496 (2023), in HCS/HB 497 (2023), HB 905 (2023), the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), HCS/HB 2161 (2022), HB 2430 (2022), in HCS/HB 2799 (2022), HCS/HB 811 (2021), and HCS/HB 828 (2021), and is similar to HB 1298 (2020), HB 69 (2019), HB 2633 (2018), HCS/HBs 1780 & 1420 (2016), SB 219 (2015), HCS/HB 478 (2015), and a provision in HCS/SCS/SB 172 (2015).

 

KCPSRS: WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT (SECTION 169.331)

Currently, a retired certificated teacher receiving a retirement benefit from the Kansas City Public School Retirement System ("KCPSRS") may, without losing his or her retirement benefit, teach up to two years for a KCPSRS school district with shortage of certified teachers as long as there is not more than fifteen retired teachers. This act modifies the provision by allowing a KCPSRS-retired certificated teacher to teach up to four years for a KCPSRS school district with shortage of certified teachers as long as there is not more than thirty retired teachers.

 

This provision is identical to a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 155 (2023) and SCS/HCS/HB 934 (2023).

 

PSRS/PEERS: WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT (SECTIONS 169.560 & 169.596)

Currently, any teacher retired from PSRS can be employed in a position covered under the Public Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri ("PEERS") without stopping their retirement benefit. Such teachers may earn up to 60% of the minimum teacher's salary as set forth in law, but will not contribute to either retirement system nor earn creditable service. Beginning on August 28, 2023, and ending on June 30, 2028, this act allows such teachers to earn up to 133% of the annual earnings limit applicable to a Social Security recipient before the calendar year of attainment of full retirement age under federal regulations. After June 30, 2028, such teachers may earn up to the annual earnings limit applicable to a Social Security recipient before the calendar year of attainment of full retirement age. Additionally, this act shall not apply to retired members currently receiving benefits who are employed as a full-time teacher of certain state agencies and institutions.

 

Additionally, current law provides that a retired teacher or a retired noncertificated employee who is receiving a retirement benefit from PSRS/PEERS is allowed to work full-time for up to two years for a PSRS/PEERS-covered school district if there is a shortage of certified teachers or noncertificated employees. This act allows such employees to work full-time up to four years for such districts. Furthermore, the number of retired teachers that currently may teach in a school district with a critical shortage shall not exceed, at any one time, the lesser of 10% of the teacher staff for that school district, or five teachers. This act provides that the total number of retired teachers shall not exceed, at any one time, the greater of 1% of the total of teacher and non-certified staff for that school district, or five teachers.

 

These provisions are identical to provisions in HCS/HB 497 (2023), are substantially similar to provisions in HCS/SS/SB 75 (2023), in the perfected SB 247 (2023), in HCS/HB 257 (2023), in HCS/HB 496 (2023), and in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), and are similar to provisions in HB 495 (2023), in HCS/SS/SCS/SB 681 & 662 (2022), in HCS/SS#2/SB 997 (2022), HCS/HB 1753 (2022), in HB 1881 (2022), HB 2114 (2022), SCS/HCS/HB 2304 (2022), HB 2787 (2022), in HCS/HB 2799 (2022), in HCS/HB 811 (2021), in HB 812 (2021), in HB 2291 (2020), and in HB 2460 (2020).

 

CLOSED INVESTMENT RECORDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (SECTION 173.1205)

This act provides that meetings, records, and votes may be closed to the extent that they relate to information submitted to a public institution of higher education regarding investments in or financial transactions with business entities for investment purposes.

 

This provision is identical to SB 691 (2023).

 

SHOW-ME MYRETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN (SECTIONS 285.1000 TO 285.1055)

This act establishes the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Plan, which creates new provisions relating to retirement savings plans for private-sector employees.

 

The act creates the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Plan, which is a multi-employer retirement plan. The plan is to be designed, developed, and implemented by the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Board in accordance with the limitations and requirements set forth by the act. The plan is required to be fully implemented no later than September 1, 2025.

 

An annual audit is required to be conducted of the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Plan, the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Board, and the trust in which the assets of the plan are held. Such audit shall be completed by a certified public accountant and be submitted to the Governor, Treasurer, President Pro Tem of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 

The act creates the Show-Me MyRetirement Savings Board within the State Treasurer's office, of which the State Treasurer shall be the chair. With the exception of the Treasurer, all members of the Board are appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tem of the Senate, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, but in no event longer than four years.

 

The Board is required to conduct outreach to individuals, employers, stakeholders, and the public in general about the program. Such outreach shall include informing them of the benefits of tax-favored retirement saving and other information, as specified in the act.

 

The Board is permitted to enter into intergovernmental memoranda of understanding with the state and any agency of the state for the purpose of services needed to implement the plan.

 

The act provides that no employer shall be liable, or bear responsibility, for an employee's decision to participate in the plan or for any result, decision, or action as a result of an employee participating in the plan.

 

Furthermore, the act exempts certain public entities from liability for any loss, deficiency, failure to realize gain, or other adverse consequences incurred as a result of participation in the plan by an employee.

 

The act provides that certain individual account information under the plan shall be confidential and may only be disclosed as otherwise required under state or federal law, or at the request of the individual.

 

These provisions are identical to provisions in HCS/SCS/SB 187 (2023) and SCS/HCS/HB 934 (2023) and are substantially similar to SB 1125 (2022), SB 1213 (2022), SCS/HCS/HB 1732 (2022), a provision in SCS/HB 2571 (2022), and SB 298 (2021).

 

JUDICIAL PLAN (SECTION 476.521)

Currently, for judges hired after January 1, 2011, his or her contributions are refunded with four percent interest per year. Beginning June 30, 2022, the interest rate is changed so that it is equal to the investment rate for the fifty-two week treasury bills issued by the United States Department of the Treasury. Additionally, the interest rate shall cease upon retirement or death of the judge. A beneficiary of any judge who contributed to the system currently receives a refund upon the judge's death based on the amount of such contributions. This act provides that the interest credited to such contributions shall be included in the refund calculation.

 

The provisions relating to MPERS, MOSERS, and the Judicial Plan are identical to provisions in SB 407 (2023) and SCS/HCS/HB 934 (2023), are substantially similar to provisions in HCS/HB 155 (2023), HB 2234 (2022), and in HB 2799 (2022), and are similar to HB 701 (2021), SB 901 (2020), HCS/HB 1999 (2020), and HB 1105 (2019).

KATIE O'BRIEN

Bill History: 2022-12-01 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-01-12 S - Read Second Time , 2023-01-12 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , 2023-01-20 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/25/2023 12:00 PM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-01-23 S - Removed from Senate Hearing Agenda - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 1/25/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge , 2023-01-26 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  02/01/2023 12:00 PM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-02-01 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-02-08 S - Voted Do Pass , 2023-02-09 S - Reported Do Pass , 2023-02-14 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-02-14 S - Perfected , 2023-02-23 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-02-23 S - Third Read and Passed - Y-33 N-0 , 2023-02-23 H - Reported to the House and read first time , 2023-03-28 H - Referred to House Committee on Pensions , 2023-03-29 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/04/2023 8:30 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-04-04 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-04-05 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/11/2023 9:00 AM - House-Pensions, HR 5, 2023-04-11 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-11 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-12 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Legislative Oversight , 2023-04-13 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/17/2023 1:30 PM - House-Rules-Legislative Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-17 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-17 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-02 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-02 H - Floor Amendment(s) Adopted - 9 , 2023-05-02 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-149 N-0 , 2023-05-02 H - House requests Senate concurrence , 2023-05-03 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-03 S - Senate refused to concur in House amendments , 2023-05-03 S - Senate requests the House recede/grant conference , 2023-05-03 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-03 H - House refuses to recede - grants conference , 2023-05-03 H - House appointed conference committee: Hovis, O'Donnell, West, Brown (27), Clemens , 2023-05-03 S - Senate appointed conference committee: Bernskoetter, Black, Bean, Beck, McCreery , 2023-05-03 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  05/05/2023 8:15 AM - Conference Committee on SB 20, SCR 1, 2023-05-08 H - Conference committee report filed , 2023-05-08 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-05-09 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-05-10 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-11 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-11 S - Senate adopted conference report - Y-32 N-0 , 2023-05-11 S - Third Read and Passed - Y-32 N-1 , 2023-05-12 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-12 H - House adopted conference report - Y-155 N-0 , 2023-05-12 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-155 N-0 , 2023-05-12 H - Truly Agreed and Finally Passed , 2023-05-30 G - Sent to the Governor , 2023-07-06 G - Signed by the Governor
SB77 - Modifies the actuarial amortization and cost methods for the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System and the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System
Sponsor: Sen. Rusty Black (R)
Summary: SB 77 - Currently, the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System ("MOSERS") and, under the Year 2000 Plan, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System ("MPERS"), shall use the entry age normal cost valuation method for normal cost calculations and shall use the level percent-of-payroll amortization for determinations of contributions for unfunded accrued liabilities. This act repeals the use of the level percent-of-payroll and provides only for the entry age normal cost valuation method to be used in determining the normal cost calculation.

This act is identical to provisions in the perfected HCS/HB 155 (2023), in SB 407 (2023), in the perfected HCS/HB 934 (2023), in HB 1185 (2023), in HB 2234 (2022), in HCS/HB 2799 (2022), HCB 1 (2021), in HB 701 (2021), in SB 901 (2020), and in HCS/HB 1999 (2020).

KATIE O'BRIEN

Bill History: 2022-12-01 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-01-12 S - Read Second Time , 2023-01-12 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , 2023-03-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/30/2023 9:00 AM - ** CANCELLED ** - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, SCR 2, 2023-03-28 S - Removed from Senate Hearing Agenda - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 3/30/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge , 2023-03-28 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/29/2023 12:00 PM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-03-28 S - ** REVISED for DATE CHANGE ** - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 3/29/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge , 2023-03-29 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-03-29 S - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-06 S - Reported Do Pass
SB111 - Modifies provisions relating to the administration of state employees
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R)
Summary:

CCS/HCS/SS/SB 111 - Current law requires salaries of all elective and appointive officers and employees of the state to be paid out of the state treasury, in semimonthly or monthly installments as designated by the Commissioner of Administration. This act allows salaries to additionally be paid out biweekly.

 

This provision is identical to the truly agreed to and finally passed HB 131 (2023), and substantially similar to a provision in HCS/SS/SB 997 (2022), the truly agreed to and finally passed SCS/HB 2090 (2022), which was vetoed by the Governor, SB 316 (2021), a provision in the perfected SB 78 (2021), and a provision in HCS/HBs 846 & 407 (2021).

 

This act also eliminates the Personnel Advisory Board and gives all duties and responsibilities previously held by the board to the Director of the Personnel Division and the Commissioner of Administration. The act additionally makes the position of Director of the Personnel Division appointed by the Commissioner of Administration. The Director may be removed by the Commissioner for no reason or any reason not prohibited by law.

 

This provision is identical to SB 110 (2023), SB 996 (2022), provisions in HCS/SS#2/SB 997 (2022), and provisions in the truly agreed to and finally passed SCS/HB 2090 (2022) and substantially similar to HB 2023 (2022).

SCOTT SVAGERA

Bill History: 2022-12-01 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-01-19 S - Read Second Time , 2023-01-19 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Fiscal Oversight , 2023-01-24 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  01/26/2023 8:45 AM - Senate-Fiscal Oversight, SCR 1, 2023-01-26 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-02-02 S - Voted Do Pass , 2023-02-02 S - Reported Do Pass , 2023-02-06 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-02-06 S - Floor Substitute Adopted , 2023-02-06 S - Perfected , 2023-02-09 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-02-09 S - Third Read and Passed - Y-32 N-0 , 2023-02-09 H - Reported to the House and read first time , 2023-02-13 H - Read Second Time , 2023-02-23 H - Referred to House committee on Administration and Accounts , 2023-03-27 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/30/2023 9:00 AM - House-Administration and Accounts, HR 3, 2023-03-28 H - ** REVISED for LOCATION CHANGE ** - House-Administration and Accounts - 3/30/23 - 9:00 am or Upon Adjournment - HR 3 , 2023-03-30 H - Public hearing completed , 2023-04-12 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/13/2023 10:00 AM - House-Administration and Accounts, HR 6, 2023-04-13 H - Voted Do Pass as substituted , 2023-04-14 H - Reported Do Pass as substituted , 2023-04-17 H - Referred to House Committee on Rules-Regulatory Oversight , 2023-04-19 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/20/2023 11:30 AM - ** CANCELLED ** - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-19 H - ** REVISED for TIME CHANGE ** - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight - 4/20/23 - 11:30 am or Upon Adjournment - HR 4 , 2023-04-20 H - Committee hearing cancelled - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight - 4/20/23 - 11:30 am - HR 4 , 2023-04-20 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/24/2023 12:30 PM - ** REVISED to ADD BILLS ** - House-Rules-Regulatory Oversight, HR 4, 2023-04-24 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-04-27 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-04-27 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-04-27 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  05/01/2023 1:45 PM - ** REVISED to ADD BILLS ** - House-Fiscal Review, House Lounge, 2023-05-01 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-05-01 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-02 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-02 H - Floor Amendment(s) Adopted - 1 , 2023-05-02 H - Committee substitute adopted , 2023-05-02 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-144 N-0 , 2023-05-02 H - House requests Senate concurrence , 2023-05-03 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-03 S - Senate refused to concur in House amendments , 2023-05-03 S - Senate requests the House recede/grant conference , 2023-05-03 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-03 H - House refuses to recede - grants conference , 2023-05-03 S - Senate appointed conference committee: Bernskoetter, Black, Bean, Mosley, Washington , 2023-05-04 H - House appointed conference committee: Griffith, Schulte, Baringer, Peters, Johnson (12) , 2023-05-05 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  05/08/2023 1:00 PM - Conference Committee on SB 111, SCR 1, 2023-05-09 H - Conference committee report filed , 2023-05-09 H - Referred to House committee on Fiscal Review , 2023-05-10 H - Voted Do Pass , 2023-05-10 H - Reported Do Pass , 2023-05-11 S - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-11 S - Senate adopted conference report - Y-33 N-1 , 2023-05-11 S - Third Read and Passed - Y-33 N-1 , 2023-05-12 H - Laid out for consideration , 2023-05-12 H - House adopted conference report - Y-145 N-1 , 2023-05-12 H - Third Read and Passed - Y-145 N-2 , 2023-05-12 H - Truly Agreed and Finally Passed , 2023-05-30 G - Sent to the Governor , 2023-06-07 G - Signed by the Governor
SB324 - Modifies the compensation of certain state employees in positions within Missouri Veterans' Homes
Sponsor: Sen. Angela Mosley (D)
Summary: SB 324 - This act provides that state employees in support care assistance positions for Missouri veterans' homes shall receive a wage in the amount of at least $15 per hour and no more than $22 per hour. An employee receiving a wage greater than $22 per hour before January 1, 2024, shall be entitled to that wage on and after January 1, 2024. The wage is effective on January 1, 2024, with an annual adjustment based on inflation every following year.

This act is substantially similar to SB 941 (2022).

KATIE O'BRIEN

Bill History: 2022-12-01 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-02-23 S - Read Second Time , 2023-02-23 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , 2023-02-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/01/2023 12:00 PM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs, and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-02-28 S - Removed from Senate Hearing Agenda - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs, and Pensions - 3/1/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge
SB407 - Modifies provisions relating to Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System and Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Sponsor: Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R)
Summary: SB 407 - This act modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement systems.

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAY PATROL EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (SECTIONS 104.010, 104.020, 104.035, 104.090, 104.130, AND 104.170)

This act provides that the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System ("MPERS") may further define the term "compensation" in a manner consistent with current law. Additionally, this act modifies the sectional references for provisions applicable to MPERS.

This act repeals the requirement of one continuous year of service for purposes of restoration of prior service periods for those terminated members of MPERS entitled to a deferred normal annuity who reenter service. Additionally, this act repeals the availability of reelection of joint and survivor benefits within one year of a new marriage for those members whose annuities have reverted to a single life annuity following the death of a spouse and have been made a special consultant of the Board. Further, this act repeals the provision relating to the requirement of the Board of MPERS to pay a retired member's designated beneficiaries or estate a death benefit equal to the excess of accumulated member contributions over the total amount of retirement benefits received. The election of chair and vice-chair of the Board by secret ballot is also repealed by this act.

ERROR CORRECTIONS (SECTIONS 104.200, 104.490, AND 104.1060)

Currently, the Board of MPERS and the Board of the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System ("MOSERS") shall correct an error that has resulted in a member or beneficiary receiving more or less than entitled if the system discovers or is notified of such error within ten years after the initial date of the error. This act provides that no error shall be corrected unless the system discovers or is notified within ten years after the later of the member's annuity starting date or the date of error. However, in cases of fraud, any error shall be corrected.

DIVISION OF BENEFITS IN DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE ACTIONS (SECTIONS 104.312, 104.625(4), 104.1024.6(4), AND 104.1051)

This act provides that unused sick leave credited to a member of MPERS or MOSERS shall be excluded in the monthly amount paid to the alternate payee or former spouse for a division of benefits order in a dissolution of marriage action. Additionally, this act specifies that annual benefit increases paid after the member's annuity starting date shall not be considered an increase accrued after the termination of the marriage and shall be counted as part of the monthly amount subject to division. For a member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age, any service or compensation between the retroactive starting date and the annuity starting date shall not be considered creditable service or compensation. Additionally, any lump sum payment elected by a member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age shall not be subject to any division of benefits order.

DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS (SECTIONS 104.410 AND 104.1084)

Members of the General Assembly and statewide elected officials who qualify for disability shall continue to accrue service until the earliest of attainment of normal retirement eligibility, termination of disability benefits, or the end of his or her constitutionally mandated limit on service for the particular chamber of the General Assembly or office in which he or she was serving at the time of the disablement.

ACTUARIAL AMORTIZATION AND COST METHODS (SECTIONS 104.436 AND 104.1066)

Currently, MOSERS and, under the Year 2000 Plan, MPERS shall use the entry age normal cost valuation method for normal cost calculations and shall use the level percent-of-payroll amortization for determinations of contributions for unfunded accrued liabilities. This act repeals the use of the level percent-of-payroll and provides only for the entry age normal cost valuation method to be used in determining the normal cost calculation.

SPECIAL CONSULTANTS OF MISSOURI STATE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (SECTIONS 104.515 AND 104.1072)

This act provides that special consultants of the Board of Trustees of MPERS or MOSERS who have reached a normal or early retirement age and become a retiree within 65 days, instead of 60 days, shall receive $5,000 of life insurance coverage.

ANNUITIES AND LUMP SUM PAYMENTS (SECTIONS 104.625(3) AND 104.1024.6(3))

A member who has not been paid retirement benefits and continues employment for at least two years beyond normal retirement age may currently elect to receive lump sum amounts in its entirety or in three equal annual installments. This act repeals the availability of lump sum payments in installments.

WATER PATROL EMPLOYEES (SECTION 104.810)

If an employee of the Missouri State Water Patrol who earned creditable service in the closed plan of MOSERS and who was eligible to transfer membership to the closed plan of MPERS has terminated his or her position and subsequently returns to the same position, the employee will be a member of the system in which he or she was a member prior to termination. If the employee returned to any other position, the employee shall be a member of the system that currently covers that position.

YEAR 2000 PLAN (SECTIONS 104.1003, 104.1018, 104.1024 AND 104.1091)

This act repeals the term "year" as it relates to the term "employee" when describing persons employed in positions requiring the performance of duties of not less than one thousand forty hours per year. This act also corrects a sectional reference to mandatory retirement for members of the Missouri Highway Patrol. Additionally, this act provides that the Board of Trustees for the respective system may further define the term "pay" in a manner consistent with current law.

This act provides that any vested former member who terminated employment after attaining normal retirement eligibility shall be considered a member of the retirement system entitled to certain annuities under the Year 2000 plan. The act provides that the calculation for the life annuity paid under the Year 2000 Plan for individuals with credited service not covered by Social Security is for certain teachers of state agencies, universities, or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education who have credited service not covered by Social Security.

Currently, vested former members are not eligible for early retirement. This act modifies the provision to provide that only those vested former members who terminate employment prior to the attainment of early retirement eligibility are not eligible for such early retirement. Additionally, a refund of contributions requested by a former member currently shall be paid by the system after 90 days from the later of either the date of termination or the date of request. This act provides that such a refund, which shall include all employee contributions, shall be paid by the system within an administratively reasonable period, but no sooner than 90 days after the date of termination. Furthermore, a former member who receives a refund shall not be eligible to receive any disability benefits, instead of long-term disability benefits.

This act provides that those vested former members who terminated employment after attainment of normal retirement eligibility shall be covered by a member's normal retirement eligibility. Additionally, current law provides that the survivor annuity payable for vested former members is not payable until the deceased member would have reached normal retirement eligibility. This act provides that such survivor annuity is not payable until such time for those vested former members who terminated employment prior to early retirement eligibility. Further, this act provides that the current annual cost-of-living adjustments, which shall not commence until the second anniversary of the annuity starting date, applies only to vested former members who terminated employment prior to the attainment of early retirement eligibility.

RETIREMENT OF JUDGES (SECTION 476.521)

Currently, for judges hired after January 1, 2011, his or her contributions are refunded with four percent interest per year. Beginning June 30, 2022, the interest rate is changed so that it is equal to the investment rate for the fifty-two week treasury bills issued by the United States Department of the Treasury. Additionally, the interest rate shall cease upon retirement or death of the judge. A beneficiary of any judge who contributed to the system currently receives a refund upon the judge's death based on the amount of such contributions. This act provides that the interest credited to such contributions shall be included in the refund calculation.

This act is substantially similar to HB 2234 (2022) and provisions in HB 2799 (2022), and is similar to HB 701 (2021), SB 901 (2020), HCS/HB 1999 (2020), and HB 1105 (2019).

KATIE O'BRIEN

Bill History: 2022-12-29 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-03-02 S - Read Second Time , 2023-03-02 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs
SB436 - Modifies provisions relating to fiduciary duties for investments of public employee retirement systems
Sponsor: Sen. Jill Carter (R)
Summary: SB 436 - This act modifies provisions relating to duties of fiduciaries for public employee retirement systems. Under this act, an investment fiduciary shall discharge his or her duties in the interests of the participants in a public employee retirement system and their beneficiaries for the exclusive purpose of providing financial benefits and paying reasonable expenses for administering the public employee retirement system. Additionally, when discharging fiduciary duties, which shall be the same as a member of the board of trustees of a system, an investment fiduciary shall take into account only financial factors. The term "financial" is defined in the act as a material effect on the financial risk or the financial return of an investment, but does not include any action taken, or factor considered, by an investment fiduciary with a purpose to further social, political, or ideological interests.

This act further provides that all shares held by or on behalf of a public employee retirement system, the participants, and their beneficiaries shall be voted solely in the financial interest of participants in the system and their beneficiaries. Unless no economically practicable alternative is available, the following actions shall not be allowed unless there is a practice and commitment to follow guidelines that match the system's obligations to act solely upon financial factors:

(1) The board of a system granting proxy voting authority to persons not on the board;

(2) The system entrusting assets to investment fiduciaries; and

(3) The system adopting a practice of following the recommendations of a proxy advisor or other service provider.

All proxy votes shall be tabulated and provided in an annual report containing certain information described in the act to board of a system and such report shall be posted on the system's website.

The Attorney General may enforce the provisions of this act, or any contract subject to the provisions of this act. If the Attorney General has reasonable cause to believe that a person is engaging in a violation of this act, the Attorney General may require such person to file a written statement or report, under oath, as to all the facts and circumstances concerning the violation, and provide other necessary data and information. Additionally, a system or a participant or beneficiary of a system may bring an action for damages or injunctive relief against any person violating this act. In addition to any other remedies available, a company who serves as an investment fiduciary and who violates this act shall be obligated to pay damages in an amount equal to three times all moneys paid to the company by the system.

KATIE O'OBRIEN

Bill History: 2023-01-03 S - Pre-Filed , 2023-01-04 S - Read First Time , 2023-03-02 S - Read Second Time , 2023-03-02 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs , 2023-03-23 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/30/2023 9:00 AM - ** CANCELLED ** - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, SCR 2, 2023-03-28 S - Removed from Senate Hearing Agenda - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 3/30/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge , 2023-03-28 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  03/29/2023 12:00 PM - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions, Senate Lounge, 2023-03-28 S - ** REVISED for DATE CHANGE ** - Senate-Veterans, Military Affairs and Pensions - 3/29/23 - 12:00 pm - Senate Lounge , 2023-03-29 S - Hearing Conducted
SB476 - Creates new provisions relating to public employment
Sponsor: Sen. Curtis Trent (R)
Summary: SB 476 - This act creates new provisions governing public employment. In the course of hiring considerations, as defined in the act, the act prohibits public employers from denying consideration to any applicant based solely on the applicant lacking a post-secondary degree. A public employer may include prior direct experience and particular certifications and courses as baseline requirements but may not include a postsecondary degree as a baseline requirement.

Certain exemptions are allowed in the case of positions for which a clear demonstration is made that the duties of the position require a postsecondary degree. Moreover, a postsecondary degree may only be included in a baseline requirement for a position as an alternative to a specific number of years of direct experience, as described in the act.

This act is enforced by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and all complaints and appeals shall be made to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission.

This act does not apply to appointments made and positions filled by elected officials.

SCOTT SVAGERA

Bill History: 2023-01-10 S - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-03-23 S - Read Second Time , 2023-03-23 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development , 2023-04-13 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/18/2023 8:00 AM - Senate-Education and Workforce Development, Senate Lounge, 2023-04-18 S - Hearing Conducted , 2023-04-24 H - Scheduled for Committee Hearing  04/25/2023 8:00 AM - Senate-Education and Workforce Development, Senate Lounge, 2023-04-25 S - Voted Do Pass as substituted
SB667 - Modifies provisions relating to prosecuting attorneys, including classification as state employees and the transfer of the Prosecuting Attorneys and Circuit Attorneys' Retirement System to the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System
Sponsor: Sen. Karla Eslinger (R)
Summary: SB 667 - Beginning January 1, 2024, prosecuting attorneys shall be considered state employees entitled to coverage under the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan, benefits provided by the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System ("MOSERS"), and subject to all other provisions governing state employees.

Currently, the hiring and compensation of assistant prosecuting attorneys, investigators, and stenographic and clerical staff of a prosecuting attorney shall be set by the prosecuting attorney with the approval of and within the limits of the county commission. This act provides that the hiring and salaries of such employees shall be set by the prosecuting attorney and shall be paid out of the state treasury, instead of the county treasury, in the same manner as other state employees.

Currently, when a county elects to make the position of prosecuting attorney a full-time position, the county is required to pay in the Prosecuting Attorneys and Circuit Attorneys' Retirement System ("PACARS") at the same rate that counties of the first classification pay into the system. This act provides that counties electing to make the position of prosecuting attorney a full-time position shall pay into MOSERS at the same rate as counties of the first classification.

Beginning on January 1, 2024, all assets held in the fund of PACARS shall be transferred to MOSERS, but shall be held in a separate account for the purposes of retirement benefits for members of PACARS. Individuals employed before January 1, 2024, shall continue to contribute to and receive benefits from PACARS. Individuals employed on or after January 1, 2024, shall participate and contribute as a member of MOSERS. These provisions shall not apply the Circuit Attorney of the City of St. Louis.

This act repeals certain doubly enacted sections of law relating to prosecuting attorneys that were declared unconstitutional. Additionally, this act repeals the Board of Trustees of PACARS, which shall become effective on January 1, 2024.

This act is substantially similar to HB 1114 (2023).

KATIE O'BRIEN

Bill History: 2023-02-27 S - Introduced and Read First Time , 2023-04-06 S - Read Second Time , 2023-04-06 S - Referred to Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs