Overview of 2019 Legislative Session The first regular session of the 100th General Assembly came to a close on May 17th. This year, the legislature tackled some major, and often controversial, issues and the final weeks of session were unsurprisingly not without little drama.
Last week, LAGERS members from every corner of the state gathered in Jefferson City to visit with lawmakers about the importance of their LAGERS retirement system! It was an action-packed day, full of tons of great visits with our state lawmakers. Here are a few of the highlights!
One of the most important things our members can do is to help us share the good news of LAGERS. By ensuring local government employers have the tools to attract and retain great public servants, like you, LAGERS helps local communities across Missouri thrive and flourish – and it is important that we share this great news with our elected policy makers!
Last Friday marked the end of what has turned out to be a surprisingly productive session. This year was a refreshing change from recent sessions past in which the chambers found their legislative work slowed by conflict and infighting and PQs. Both chambers worked diligently to ensure this year was a different story.
We are entering into the final few weeks of session, as we continue to watch several bills that could impact LAGERS. Back in January, I wrote about three bills in particular: House Bill 1329, House Bill 2044, and Senate Bill 628. All three of these bills contain language that would allow for Metro Planning Organizations and Soil and Water Conservation Districts to seek membership in the LAGERS system.
Last week, LAGERS members gathered in Jefferson City to take part in a very first for our retirement system - an Advocacy Day. An advocacy day is an opportunity for members from across our state to gather in the capitol to demonstrate a physical presence of our system and to visit with legislators about the value of their LAGERS benefit. We had a great time, visited with tons of legislators, and brought some serious pension energy to the capitol building!! Here are a few highlights from our day!
The gridlock that held many bills hostage in the final days of Missouri’s 2015 Regular Legislative Session made no exceptions for three LAGERS bills, all of which stalled in the final days of session last week.