The Public Employees Benefits Program
The next regular meeting for PEBP is July 16 in Carson City at the PEBP Board Meeting Room on the first floor at the Richard Bryan Building on Stewart Street. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been posted, but when it is available, a link will be provided here. The PEBP Board will not meet in June.
For additional information about PEBP, please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada
The Nevada PERS Board meets again on June 17 in the PERS Board Room in Carson City located at 693 West Nye Lane. A link to the agenda and board packet is listed below.
For more information about Nevada PERS please visit their web-site by clicking on the link below.
**2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE**
The 78th session of the Nevada State Legislature ended on time June 1. RPEN was represented at the session that began February 2 by our Executive Director Marty Bibb and Legislative Advocate Marlene Lockard as well as Office Manager Kerry Armanasco and Director of Membership/Chapter Service Terri Laird with special assistance from our State President Jack Harris as well as hundreds of dedicated and concerned RPEN members in the north and the south who turned out for several hearings into critical bills that proposed major changes to the Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System and the Retirement Board. The first bill heard in Carson City that got the attention of thousands of retirees and actives in PERS was Assembly Bill 3. Proposed by Reno Assemblyman Randy Kirner this bill was rejected by the Government Affairs Committee, but not before a hearing where there were several overflow rooms needed to accomodate those that turned out against the bill. AB 3 called for changing the PERS Retirement Board to grow from the current 7 members to 9 members, allowing the two newest members to be from the private sector. RPEN went on record AGAINST AB 3, as did all public employee groups, including the PERS Board. Another bill from Assemblyman Kirner was AB 190, that as originally presented would change PERS to include a new, hybrid pension plan similar to a 401K for only new hires. Once again, RPEN was on record AGAINST AB 190, as were thousands of retirees and actives who voiced their objections loud and clear through the "Share Your Opinion" page on the legislative website. Over four thousand public employees were against AB 190 while less than 70 were in favor of it. As with AB 3, there were overflow crowds that gathered when hearings on AB 190 were held, both in the north and the south. In the end, AB 190 and its' hefty fiscal note from PERS, was rejected by the Assembly and it never got out of the Ways and Means Committee. One bill that went through, and only impacts NEW hires as of July 1, 2015, was Senate Bill 406 from Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson. SB 406 and its prospective changes were minimal, and again, did NOT impact existing employees and retirees. It was signed by the Governor June 9 after being sent to his office May 30.
Now that the session is over, RPEN would like to thank all of our members who supported us in our fight against those bills that we were very concerned about. We need to continue to be committed to keeping our membership strong, because the "strength in numbers" definitely served us well this year in Carson City! Toward that end we also need to continue educating the public that public employees are "taxpayers" too! And the study commissioned by the Governor two years ago proves that Nevada PERS is "best in class" meaning if it isn't broke...don't fix it!
Retired Public Employees of Nevada (RPEN)
The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be held in Carson City July 14-15. For additional information contact the state office at 775-882-7832, or via email at email@example.com
The Annual Board of Directors meeting will be hosted by the Carson Chapter of RPEN on September 15-18. Additional information on the annual meeting will be available to all chapter presidents in August.
On another note, RPEN would like to apologize for problems recently with our website. There was an issue with our website main host in Reno that was beyond our control. We had hoped it would have been fixed sooner, but unfortunately the previous information on our website as of June 9, 2015 was lost and irretrievable, and so the information you see today was re-posted from memory of what was here previously. Again, we are sorry for any incoveniences that may have caused our members, and thank you for your patience during this issue.
* The meeting can also be 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