1. The Chair announced at the conclusion of the hearing the bill will not be worked and a request has been made to add it to the list of interim study topics for next fall. The bill cannot pass this year without getting out of committee.
2. It was made clear KP&F is not intended to be a part of this bill and plans were already in play to remove any errors in the bill unintentionally drawing KP&F into it. So if you are KP&F, you can quit worrying about this bill, at least for the near future.
3. The bill is aimed entirely at Pre-1993 KPERS members.
The hearing went very well. The proponents were 1) Rep. Lunn, Overland Park. 2) the Kansas Policy Institute, and 3) the Kansas Chamber. There were numerous opponents and I was asked to provide the first opposition testimony. Testimony was also provided by the Executive Director of KPERS as a neutral supplying general information about the bill, its impact, and data from pre-1993 member retirement history. This information was very telling and very interesting.
This bill may go down as one of the worst drafted bills in many years. No one in the room seemed to be clear on what it did, who it affected, its costs, or the need for it. The response to several questions was that the bill would “have to be modified to fix that?”
I will add more details later today (I have other meetings and issues to tend to). So check back tomorrow at: http://www.kslawenforcementinfo.com/2015-session-blog.html for those details.
Bottom line for today is: Don’t turn in your retirement papers yet based on this bill. It is highly, highly unlikely anything more will take place this year. At the same time, be engaged with your local legislators on all of the pending KPERS issues.
My testimony with additional comments I made are at this link.
KPERS Informational Testimony
Other Opposition Testimony