Maine LD 16: An Act To Eliminate Retirement Benefits and Paid Health Insurance for Legislators Elected after 2016

LD 16 (subjects: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM , LEGISLATORS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=16&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Larry Dunphy of Embden: (I – District 118) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/13/2015 House Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
1/14/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Hamper of Oxford, REFERRED to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 321
(Yeas 94 – Nays 53 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
Placed in the Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Eliminate Retirement Benefits and Paid Health Insurance for Legislators Elected after 2016

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA 801, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2007, c. 491, 18, is further amended to read:

1. Membership mandatory. Every Except for a Legislator elected for the first time after 2016, every Legislator serving in the Legislature on or after December 3, 1986 is a member of the Legislative Retirement Program, except that any Legislator who was a member of the Maine State Retirement System on December 2, 1986 may choose to be a member of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program instead of becoming a member of the Legislative Retirement Program, and any Legislator who is a public school teacher or an employee of the Maine Community College System on leave of absence for the purpose of serving in the Legislature continues to be a member of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program and to have contributions deducted from the member’s legislative earnable compensation as provided by Title 5, section 17701. A Legislator who terminates employment from a position requiring membership in the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program no longer contributes to the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program and, if qualified, is eligible to become a benefit recipient under Title 5, section 17804. Upon such termination, the Legislator becomes a member of the Legislative Retirement Program. Except as provided in section 802, subsection 4, paragraph A, creditable service granted under the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program may not be transferred to the Legislative Retirement Program. A member ceases to be a member when the member withdraws the member’s contributions, becomes a beneficiary as a result of the member’s own retirement or dies. A Legislator elected for the first time after 2016 may not be a member of the Legislative Retirement Program.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits a Legislator elected for the first time after 2016 from being a member of the Legislative Retirement Program, which also removes the Legislator from eligibility for a post-retirement state group health plan.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 16 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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