The Public Employees Benefits Program (PEBP)
The PEBP Board last met on November 17 and the meeting was attended by RPEN'S Lead Lobbyist/Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard who filed a report on the meeting. To view the report, please click on the link below:
The PEBP Board is not expected to meet again until January 19, 2017, however PEBP will go before the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee (IRBC) when they gather for the 2nd time this year on Wednesday, December 14 in Room 3138 of the Nevada Legislative Building at 401 S. Carson Street. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., and will include a video-conference in Las Vegas to Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer Building at 555 East Washington Ave. An agenda for this meeting was not available as of November 30, but once it becomes availaible a copy will be posted here.
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 be at PEBP December 12-December 16, with additional visits planned through March. If you are interested in having a one-on-one meeting please contact Stacy 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 also met November 17 in the PERS Board Room in Carson City at their location at 693 West Nye Lane. RPEN Executive Director Terri Laird attended the meeting and compiled a report that can be viewed by clicking on the link below. The PERS Board will meet again on December 15. An agenda for that meeting will be posted when it becomes available. PERS representatives will also be going before the IRBC when it meets December 14 as noted previously on this page under PEBP. PEBP and PERS are the only agencies expected to be considered during the December 14 meeting at the Legislative Building.
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)
Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee Meeting Agenda is Available for 12/14/16!!
The next meeting of the Interim and Retirement Benefits Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (revised time!) in Carson City. The meeting will be held in Room 3138 of the State Legislative Building located at 401 South Carson Street, with a video-conference planned in Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas at 555 East Washington Avenue. To view the agenda for the meeting, please click on the link below.
The first meeting of the interim was held February 19 in Carson City with a video conference in Las Vegas at the Grant Sawyer Building.
Nevada State Senator Ben Kieckhefer (SD 16/Carson City-Washoe) chaired the meeting attended by many RPEN members from Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Minden in the North and Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin and Boulder City in the South.
PERS Executive Officer Tina Leiss was called to the table first and she outlined legislation passed in 2015 that impacts PERS, including SB 406 that is estimated to save the state $10 billion over ten years once the changes are fully implemented (mostly for new hires). Many of the issues she discussed can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Damon Haycock, Executive Officer at PEBP spoke next on where PEBP stands on dealing with the non-state participants in PEBP, commonly referred to as "orphans" who are subjected to escalating health care costs because of the size of their group. IRBC Member Assemblyman Randy Kirner (AD 26-Reno) told Haycock the state has been dealing with this subject long enough, calling a "train wreck" and implored him to handle it once and for all. Kirner also addressed the fact brought forth by RPEN's Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard when she testified the first time under public comment, that Towers Watson/One Exchange, the group that handles the Medicare Retirees, still has not hired a full time person to be in Nevada to handle complaints, issues and concerns by the thousands of participants in the exchange. Haycock said PEBP helped usher in a pilot program last year to bring someone from Towers Watson to visit areas in Nevada (north and south) but Kirner said there should be a full time presence here and Lockard agreed during her 2nd round of public comment. She said Towers Watson should be the one to pay for the cost of opening a full time office in Nevada, and Kirner agreed.
The IRBC normally meets twice per year during the interim so their next meeting will likely be later this year. To view additional materials from PEBP considered during this meeting please click on the link below.
- Senator Ben Kieckhefer, Chair
- Assemblyman Paul Anderson, Vice Chair
- Senator Pete Goicoechea
- Senator Joyce Woodhouse
- Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton
- Assemblyman Randy Kirner
Mark Krmpotic, Fiscal Analyst
Cindy Jones, Fiscal Analyst
Alex Haartz, Principal Deputy Fiscal Analyst
Judy Lyons, Secretary
Brenda J. Erdoes, Legislative Counsel
Eileen G. O'Grady, Chief Deputy Legislative Counsel
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) Wraps Up Their 2016 Annual Board of Directors' Meeting in Elko
The local Elko economy was infused with over thirty thousand dollars as the Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN) held its’ annual Board of Directors meeting there September 20-23.
Nearly one-hundred members and guests of RPEN converged from all over Nevada for the annual gathering hosted by the local Elko Chapter at the Ramada Hotel/Stockmen’s Casino for the week. A bus was chartered in Southern Nevada to carry 35 of the members from seven of RPEN’s chapters located in Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite/Overton, Lincoln and White Pine. Members from the other twelve chapters drove in from Northern Nevada, including Pahrump, Carson City, Tonopah, Mineral, Reno, Sparks, Fallon, Fernley and Winnemucca.
The business of the group included nine workshops covering topics important to public employees on such things as making a difference at the state legislature, building a chapter newsletter, social media and parliamentary procedures, to name a few. A legislative panel discussion is a staple of our annual meeting, and this year included two State Assembly members; Glenn Trowbridge from Summerlin, who is also a past State President of RPEN, and Elko Assemblyman John Ellison. The panel covered topics RPEN will be concerned with at the next legislative session, including recent attacks on the state’s Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).
Formed in 1976, RPEN’s sole mission has and always will be the protection of our members’ pension and health care benefits, often earned in lieu of pay increases. There are also constitutional protections for these benefits and RPEN works alongside other public employee groups at the Legislature and beyond to protect those benefits.
RPEN, a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization, has nearly nine-thousand dues paying members. The annual meeting brings our members together to discuss many issues, but it isn’t all business. Four of our members received Special Recognition Awards, including: Sarah “Pete” Getker from Lincoln, Jimmy Green from Las Vegas, Lonnie Strait from Summerlin and Sue Durst from Reno. A Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Jack Milligan from our Las Vegas Chapter, who served RPEN as State President from 2003-2005. Entertainment during our awards banquet was provided by Barn J Entertainment, a local favorite in Elko.
Our host committee for the Elko meeting was led by Chapter President Janice Barton, and our annual meeting for 2017 will be hosted by our Summerlin Chapter.
The Executive Committee of RPEN will come together again in the new year, January 17-18, as they gather for the first meeting of year in Carson City.
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