Legislative Update

While the Missouri legislature is in session (January - May), the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees and staff closely monitor any proposed legislation regarding retirement and education. We work with Missouri education associations and other Missouri retirement systems to ensure the best interests of our members are served.

98th Missouri Legislative Session Ends

The second 98th Regular Session of the Missouri Legislature officially ended as of Friday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. We are happy to report there was no legislation passed that had a negative impact on the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri. This effort was accomplished by the active involvement of numerous educational associations, retired and active teachers contacting their respective legislators and our legislative team who spent many hours walking the floors of the Capitol and monitoring numerous committee hearings and floor debate.

A detailed report of the 98th Missouri Legislative Session will be presented at the upcoming June Board Meeting. If you have any questions regarding the status of particular legislation, please feel free to contact Maria Walden, Director of Legislation and Policy at 573-638-1084.

Legislative Summary

Proposed 2017 Missouri Legislation

These bills, if passed, would directly impact the Retirement Systems and/or our members.

Bill Number Summary
HB 304 Modifies provisions relating to the teacher and school employee retirement systems. This bill allows retired members of the PSRS / PEERS who have elected a reduced retirement allowance to provide for survivor benefits for his/her spouse to have the retirement allowance increased to the single life annuity amount, with no survivor benefits, if the member and his or her spouse become divorced on or after September 1, 2017 only if the dissolution decree provides for sole retention by the retired person of all rights in the retirement allowance. Divorce Popup
HB 305 Modifies provisions relating to the teacher and school employee retirement systems. The bill expands the working after retirement limitations to include someone who is employed by a third party or working as an independent contractor as a substitute teacher or other position normally requiring certification

To contact your legislator and voice your support or opposition to any of the above legislation, visit http://www.senate.mo.gov/llookup/leg_lookup.aspx and enter your ZIP code.

To follow the progress of all proposed 2016 legislation being tracked by PSRS/PEERS, download our Legislative Tracker spreadsheet. You will notice that not all bills listed on this document would have a direct impact on PSRS/PEERS or our membership. We monitor these bills to ensure that we are aware of any potential conflicts or changes to our systems.

Bill Tracking

You can find detailed information on legislation we are currently watching by downloading our Legislative Tracker. The Legislative Tracker is updated weekly while the legislature is in session so be sure to check back for updates. You can subscribe to our Legislative Tracking mailing list to receive notifications about legislation we are tracking by selecting the "Subscribe" Tab above and filling out the subscription form.

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At PSRS/PEERS, we track all legislation that may impact the Systems and our members, and post information weekly regarding these bills on this website. Please check here throughout the legislative session for updates and ongoing information on bills we are tracking.

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