HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 883        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2232

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Daniel M. Donahue

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Daniel M. Donahue

16th Worcester

Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Julian Cyr

Cape and Islands

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Rady Mom

18th Middlesex

Brian W. Murray

10th Worcester

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

José F. Tosado

9th Hampden

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

John C. Velis

4th Hampden

Timothy R. Whelan

1st Barnstable

Bud L. Williams

11th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 883        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2232

By Mr. Donahue of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2232) of Daniel M. Donahue and others relative to cost of living adjustments, insurance and other benefits for certain public retirees.  Public Service.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to provide fair and affordable public retiree benefits.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Paragraph (c) of section 102 of said chapter 32, as so appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is amended by striking out the figure “$13,000”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following figure: - $18,000

SECTION 2. The provisions of section one of this act shall take effect for cost of living adjustments to be made, in accordance with the provisions of section 102 of said chapter 32, commencing July 1, 2019.

SECTION 3.  Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025,  paragraph (c) of section 102 of said chapter 32, is amended by striking out the figure “$18,000”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- sixty-five percent of the maximum social security benefit for an individual worker retiring at full retirement age; provided that, effective July 1, 2025 through June 30, 2029, paragraph (c) section 102 of said chapter 32, is amended by striking out the words “sixty-five percent;”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- seventy-five percent; provided further that, effective July 1, 2029 through June 30, 2033, paragraph (c) section 102 of said chapter 32, is amended by striking out the words “seventy-five percent;”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- eighty-five percent; provided further that, provided that, effective July 1, 2033 through June 30, 2037, paragraph (c) section 102 of said chapter 32, is amended by striking out the words “eighty-five percent”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- ninety-five percent; provided further that, effective July 1, 2037, paragraph (c) section 102 of said chapter 32, is amended by striking out the words “ninety-five percent”, each time it appears, and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the following words:- one hundred percent.

SECTION 4. Section 9 of said chapter 32B, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the first paragraph, the following paragraph: -

Reductions in the percentage of a governmental unit’s contributions to health premiums for retired employees made after January 1, 2019 shall not apply to individuals who retire before the change in contribution percentage takes effect.

SECTION 5. Notwithstanding chapter 32A or 32B of the General Laws, for retired public employees over the age of sixty-five and not eligible for the federal Medicare program the maximum amount of deductibles and copayments paid for covered services of group health insurance provided in chapter 32A or 32B during an enrollment year shall not exceed $2,500 for individual coverage and $5,000 for family coverage.