Legislation

Please note: SURS does not endorse specific pension reform legislation. Our goal is to update and educate SURS members concerning legislation that may affect their retirement benefits.

HB 0139

SEGIP Re-Enrollment after Nonpayment of Premiums

House Amendment #1 to HB 139 allows an annuitant, survivor or retired employee whose coverage has been terminated under the State Employees Group Insurance Program for nonpayment of premiums to re-enroll in the State Employees Group Insurance Program during the next enrollment period upon repayment of the unpaid premiums.

Specifically, House Amendment #1 amends the State Employees Group...

HB 0280

No Investments in Companies that Contract to Build Border Wall

HB 280 amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code to prohibit the state-funded retirement systems from investing in companies that contract to build a border wall. The term “contract to build a border wall” means entering into a contract with the federal government for construction pursuant to Section 4 of Executive Order 13767 of the President of the United States....

HB 0329

University Student Athlete Employees

HB 329 amends the University of Illinois Act, the Southern Illinois University Management Act, the Chicago State University Law, the Eastern Illinois University Law, the Governors State University Law, the Illinois State University Law, the Northeastern Illinois University Law, the Northern Illinois University Law and the Western Illinois University Law.

HB 329 requires each university...

HB 0350

Repeal 3% Rule and Re-Enact 6% Rule

HB 350 amends the State Universities Retirement System and Teachers’ Retirement System Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to repeal the 3% rule and re-enact the 6% rule.

Specifically, HB 350 repeals the requirement that employers pay the present value of the resulting increase in benefits attributable to the portion of any salary increases in excess of 3% during the participant’s...

HB 0902

Cannabis Legalization Equity Act

HB 902 creates the Cannabis Legalization Equity Act to legalize the use of cannabis for individuals aged 21 or older and provide for its taxation in a manner similar to alcohol.

As it relates to SURS, HB 902 requires proceeds from the excise tax imposed on the sale or transfer of cannabis to be transferred from the Cannabis Excise Tax Fund to the state-funded retirement systems every...

HB 1576

Downstate Police and Firefighter Pension Funds Consolidation

HB 1576 requires certain downstate policemen’s pension funds and certain downstate firefighters’ pension funds to transfer their investment assets and authority to the Downstate Police Pension Investment Board and the Downstate Firefighter Pension Investment Board, respectively.

As it relates to SURS, HB 1576 increases the amount of the annual compliance fee paid by each pension fund to...

HB 1605

Climate Change Risk Minimization Policy

HB 1605 amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code to require every pension fund (except for downstate police and firefighters’ pension funds) to develop a climate change risk minimization policy by December 31, 2020.

HB 1605 requires the climate change risk minimization policy to consider the financial risk to the investments held by the pension fund in the...

HB 1625

Voluntary Tier III Plan + Opt-Out + No Credit for Unused Vacation/Sick Leave

HB 1625 amends multiple articles of the Illinois Pension Code to create a voluntary Tier III plan for Tier I and Tier II members under the General Assembly Retirement System, State Employees’ Retirement System, State Universities Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System, and Judges’ Retirement System.

HB 1625 requires SURS to prepare and implement a Tier III plan by July 1, 2020...

HB 2029

Vested Inactive Buyout – Health Insurance Preservation

HB 2029 amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 to ensure that members who take the Vested Inactive Buyout under the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS), State Universities Retirement System (SURS), and Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) preserve any applicable retiree and survivor health insurance benefits upon receipt of the buyout payment.

Public Act 100-0587...

HB 2054

Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Revenues Fund Pensions

HB 2054 amends the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act to require all moneys received by the Illinois Department of Revenue under the Act to be used only for the payment of pension obligations of the state of Illinois.

HB 2054 takes effect immediately upon becoming law.

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