Happy New Year 2017!
The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
The PEBP Board is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m. An agenda for this meeting can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
The PEBP Board's last meeting was November 17. RPEN'S Lead Lobbyist/Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard was there and filed a report that can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Meanwhile, PEBP and PERS Board matters were also discussed December 14 as the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee (IRBC) gathered for their 2nd time in 2016 at the Legislative Building at 401 S. Carson Street. No action was taken at this meeting but RPEN representatives spoke about the need for the legislature to once again consider a solution to the longstanding "orphan" retiree situation at PEBP. This is a so-called "dwindling" group of retirees who are continually subjected to escalating healthcare costs because they do not belong to the larger pool of PEBP active participants or PEBP Medicare Exchange participants. RPEN's Lead Lobbyist Lockard testified at the December meeting that it would take a $6 million fix and it is hoped that the 2017 legislature will address the issue once and for all. The committee also was alerted about a couple of bills that were pre-filed before the session begins February 6. Senate Bill 80 seeks to move PEBP from an independent agency to a new division of the Department of Administration run by an advisory board that would no longer appoint an Executive Director (a position now held by Damon Haycock). SB 80 also seeks to do the same thing with the deferred compensation committee and would give the Board of Examiners control over awarding contracts in both programs. RPEN is opposed to this measure at the current time as we believe it would lead to less transparency within PEBP. Another bill, Assembly Bill 71, comes from the State Controller Ron Knecht, and is very similar to a bill from 2015 that seeks an alternative pension plan for new hires similar to a hybrid plan outlined in Assembly Bill 190 from 2015. RPEN successfully fought against AB 190 (sponsored by former Reno Assemblyman Randy Kirner) and we will work with our coalition of public employee groups to make a stand against AB 71 in the upcoming session!
For more information about PEBP call 775-684-7000. Also please note that PEBP Executive Officer Damon Haycock has a regular column in every issue of the RPEN Review Newsletter on important health care issues that matter to all public employees, retired or still working!
PEBP INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS WITH WILLIS TOWERS WATSON'S
PEBP will continue to have a Willis TW One Exchange Representative in their Carson City office on Stewart Street one week per month through March, 2017. Stacy Nelson will take appointments at PEBP through March and anyone interested in having a one-on-one meeting please should contact her at 1-866-266-1395 to schedule a meeting with her ASAP.
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (PERS)
The Nevada PERS Board's next meeting is set for January 19 at the PERS Board Room in Las Vegas, 5820 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 220. An agenda and/or board packet will be posted here when it becomes available.
Nevada Policy Research Institute Targets NV PERS
RPEN has obtained a document being used by NPRI in a fundraising attempt that names NV PERS many times in an effort to once again target PERS as another legislative session fast approaches. The document was given to RPEN anonymously. All public employees, those retired as well as those still working, need to be alarmed by this document, that can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
NPRI also recently filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in Carson City seeking the release of data requested from PERS in a format that is more usable for NPRI, which maintains a searchable online database of public employee salary and benefit information. In the document NPRI said it requested data about pension payouts last year to add to a website it maintains called Transparent Nevada. They said they received a report that listed pension payouts not by retiree name but by Social Security number, which by law must be redacted. NPRI complained this information leaves nothing more than a list of payments to unknown individuals. NPRI also said in their complaint a 2015 Nevada Supreme Court decision indicates that agencies are not excused from their disclosure duties if they have a computer program that could compile the information. The request for information from NV PERS started several years ago with a request from the Reno Gazette Journal. A hearing date for this latest effort has not been set.
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Nevada State Legislature 2015-2016 Interim
(ALSO SEE THE LINK "LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS" ON OUR HOME PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION)
Northern Tri-County Chapter Keeps the Public in Their Area Informed During the Legislature and Beyond!!
NTC Chapter President Mike Bumgartner (who also now chairs RPEN's Legislative/Insurance Committee) authors a regular article in the local newspapers in his area, begun in 2015 and continues as we head toward the 2017 legislative session. To read last year's monthly columns, as well as his latest columns please click on the links below.
Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN) Executive Committee Comes Together January 17 and 18 in Carson City
The Executive Committee of RPEN will meet again for the first meeting of the new year onJanuary 17-18, as they gather in Carson City at our state headquarters 777 East William Street, Suite 200. The committee will consider our 2016 annual meeting along with plans for our 2017 annual meeting that will be held this fall in Southern Nevada, and hosted by our newest chapter, the Summerlin Chapter!
* Legislative meetings can also be seen/heard live over the Internet at: www.leg.state.nv.us Just go to that Web site and click on Listen to Meetings Live on the Internet