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Related Capitol Watch Alerts
Joint Committee to Meet on TRS-Care & TRS-ActiveCare
02.02.2016 — The Joint Interim Committee to Study TRS health benefit plans has posted notice for hearings on March 30 and April 13.
Committee Appointed to Study TRS Health Plans
11.13.2015 — Today Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the appointment of a committee to study TRS health plans.
House Passes Bills That Would Give Districts More Flexibility to Spend IMA, Call for Study on Changes to TRS-ActiveCare
05.12.2015 — On Monday, May 11, the Texas House passed four bills, including HB 2811, which limits SBOE-issued proclamations to those with total projected costs not exceeding 75 percent of the total amount of the IMA, and HB 3453, which calls for a study on proposed changes to TRS-ActiveCare.
Texas House Sends Three More Bills to Senate on May 8
05.11.2015 — On Friday, in addition to amending HB 3453 (which the House passed on third reading Monday, May 11) to order an interim study on the impact of proposed changes to TRS-ActiveCare rather than voting to make those changes, the House also passed several bills.
Texas House Approves Interim Study of TRS-ActiveCare Changes Proposed by HB 3453 as Filed
05.08.2015 — Today the House passed an amendment to HB 3453 that strikes language requiring changes to TRS-ActiveCare that could have resulted in raised premiums and adds a provision that establishes a joint interim committee to study the impact of the changes proposed by the bill’s original language.
Urgent: Ask House Members to Vote NO on HB 3453
05.04.2015 — On Wednesday, the House is set to consider HB 3453, which would allow districts to opt in and out of participation in TRS-ActiveCare and would authorize TRS to establish a regional rating method for determining premiums. TASA encourages school leaders to contact their House members and urge them to vote NO on HB 3453.
Texas House Pensions Committee to Meet on Bills Providing TRS Benefit Cost-of-Living Increases, More
05.01.2015 — The Texas House Pensions Committee will meet at 2 p.m. (or upon final adjournment of the full House), Monday, May 4, on several TRS-related bills.
House Pensions Committee to Consider TRS Bills Monday, April 13
04.09.2015 — The House Pensions Committee will meet at 2 p.m. or upon final adjournment of the full House on Monday, April 13, and will consider several TRS-related bills.
House Pensions Committee to Consider Bill Relating to TRS Annuity Payments on March 30
03.27.2015 — The Texas House Pensions Committee will meet Monday, March 30, at 2 p.m. or upon adjournment of the House to discuss several bills including HB 2168, which would provide that a TRS annuity payment is payable on the first day of each month.
Senate Finance Discusses TRS Pension and Health Insurance Plans
02.11.2015 — The Texas Senate Finance Committee met today to discuss the health of the TRS pension and health insurance programs. TRS staff testified that the pension system was actuarially sound, and there was a 16 percent return on investments last year. However, agency staff expressed concern over an expected $768 million shortfall during the next biennium with TRS-Care due to health insurance costs outpacing contributions.
Both House and Senate Discuss Public Ed Funding February 9-11
02.11.2015 — The Texas Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee heard recommendations on public education and TRS funding from the Legislative Budget Board and TEA in meetings Monday-Wednesday this week.
Senate Finance Committee Meets Feb. 9 on Education Funding
02.03.2015 — The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to begin hearing testimony on the state budget related to education funding on Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. and on TRS on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. The committee will discuss Article III, and specifically TEA.
TRS Issues FAQ on GASB Changes
02.03.2015 — After receiving questions related to the recent changes to GASB rules (Rule 67 & 68), TRS staff created a one–page FAQ document to assist in implementing and communicating what the new changes mean for districts. The rules separate pension accounting from pension funding. GASB considers TRS a multi-employer, cost-sharing pension plan. This means that the unfunded net pension liability must be allocated among all participating employers proportionately.
Senate State Affairs Committee Discusses TRS Issues
12.10.2014 — The Senate State Affairs Committee met today to discuss the following interim charge: Monitor the actuarial and financial conditions of the pension and health care programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees Retirement System (ERS).
TRS Board Makes Minor Adjustments to TRS–Care Benefits
06.11.2014 — The TRS board made several changes to TRS–Care benefit plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Deductibles and co–insurance paid by TRS–Care 2 & 3 will now be counted to satisfy the out-of-pocket maximum beginning with the 2014-15 plan year.
TRS-ActiveCare Premium Increases for 2014–15 Plan Year
06.10.2014 — In addition to the premium increases, there were also benefit changes that will become effective September 1, 2014.
TRS Board Makes Changes to TRS–ActiveCare Premiums and Benefits
06.10.2014 — The TRS Board met last week and set premium rates and made benefit changes effective for the 2014-15 plan year. The rate and benefit changes only impact TRS-ActiveCare. The board made no changes to TRS-Care.
05.24.2013 — With three days left in the 83rd legislative session, many bills are still on the move and many others are still being negotiated in conference committees. Bills that remain in limbo include HB 5, the budget bills, SB 2 on charters, the TRS bill, and HB 2836, the bill that addresses testing in grades 3-8.
Important TRS Information – Update on SB 1458
05.08.2013 — On Wednesday, the Senate passed SB 1458 by Sen. Robert Duncan by a vote of 30-0. SB 1458 gets the TRS pension fund actuarially sound within the 31-year funding period to ensure the continuation of the current defined benefit pension program, and provides a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for some retirees.
Important TRS Information–Update on SB 1458
05.02.2013 — The Senate could consider SB 1458 by Sen. Robert Duncan as early as Friday. SB 1458 seeks to get the TRS pension fund actuarially sound within the 31-year funding period to ensure the continuation of the current defined benefit pension program, and provide a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for some retirees.
Committees Consider Major Changes to TRS Pension and TRS Care
04.09.2013 — On Monday, the Senate State Affairs and House Pensions Committee heard testimony on significant proposed changes to TRS in SB 1458 by Sen. Duncan and HB 1884 by Rep. Callegari. While laying out the committee substitute, Sen. Duncan noted the importance of keeping the current defined benefit structure in place, ensuring the system is actuarially sound, and the need to give retirees a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).
TRS Pension Program
Advocate for the continuation of the current defined benefit pension program for TRS members.
Advocate for increased state funding to assist with increased healthcare costs associated with TRS-ActiveCare and TRS-Care. Advocate for alternatives to TRS-ActiveCare that would provide additional options to districts while sustaining the current system for those districts that remain in the system.