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As required by the Constitution the Louisiana Legislature holds a Legislative Session each year. They can also hold Special Legislative Sessions that are traditionally called by the Governor.  LSERS is committed to providing information on legislation that affects the system and its members. Visit the Louisiana State Legislature website for more information on legislation.  

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2017 Regular Legislative Session

The Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature convenes at noon on Monday, April 10, 2017 and must adjourn by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017.   

The following bills affecting LSERS and its members have been filed:

Senate Bill 11 – Senator Peacock proposes to merge LSERS into the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) effective July 1, 2017.  Senator Peacock brought the bill up for a vote on the Senate floor on May 10, 2017.  It failed to win passage on a vote of 17 to 17.  Senator Peacock has placed the bill back on the calendar, and it remains subject to call at any time for an additional Senate floor vote.  The LSERS' Board OPPOSES this bill.

Senate Bill 8 – Senator Peacock proposes to make uniform the process for correcting membership errors across and all Louisiana state and statewide retirement systems. This bill has won passage in the Senate, and awaits action in the House of Representatives.  The LSERS' Board SUPPORTS this bill.

House Bill 33 Representative Pearson proposes to replace the House Speaker appointee on the LSERS Board with the Chair of the House Retirement Committee. The bill has won passage in the House of Representatives, was amended in the Senate, and the amended bill now awaits further consideration in the House.  The LSERS' Board took NO POSITION on this bill.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 22 - Senator Mizell proposes memorializing Congress to review and consider eliminating:  (1) the federal Government Pension Offset (GPO) reducing the spousal and survivor Social Security Benefit, and (2) the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), reducing the earned Social Security benefit, payable to anyone who also receives a public pension benefit earned in public employment not covered by Social Security.  The resolution has passed the Senate, and awaits consideration in the House of Representatives' Retirement Committee.  The LSERS' Board SUPPORTS on this resolution.

Senate Resolution 39 - Senator Milkovich proposes urging and requesting each retirement system to provide the Senate Retirement Committee with a full quarterly report on the funds invested, and publish that report on the system's website.  The proposal awaits consideration by the full senate.  The LSERS' Board SUPPORTS this resolution. 

Senate Resolution 123 - Senator Milkovich proposes urging and requesting each retirement system to provide on its website the information that the system provides in its quarterly reports on performance and costs to the Legislature, starting with the quarter that will end on June 30, 2017.  The full Senate gave final approval to this resolution on May 18, 2017.  The LSERS' Board HAS TAKEN NO POSITION on this resolution.

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You also may check the status of any of the bills listed simply by clicking on the bill’s name in the list above. That takes you to Louisiana Legislature’s web site location that lists the status of the bill, as well as other details about the bill.

Questions? Contact Robert J. Collins, Executive Counsel, by email rcollins@lsers.net or by telephone at 225.925.6560 or 1.800.256.3718 (if outside the Baton Rouge area).