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One of the principal reasons for this meeting was to setup a work plan for the production of a study of SB6668 – the LEOFF 1/TRS 1 merger proposal that died in the last session of the legislature. The SCPP will be accepting questions from stakeholders which can be submitted in written form or through testimony at upcoming meetings. You should submit any questions or define any areas you want addressed by the SCPP staff or the State Actuary staff. Submissions will be included in the study.
Dick Warbrouck and Jerry Taylor had a meeting with Senator Conway last week to discuss the TRS I/LEOFF I merger. We wanted to find out if a substitute committee would be appointed to discuss this issue and the format and schedule for the study. He said that the details will be explained at the SCPP meeting on June 21, 2016.
We suggest that we show our concern and enthusiasm by packing the Hearing Room at that meeting. We would like as many LEOFF I members as possible to attend this meeting, even if we have to stand around the walls of the room or in the hallway.
The meeting will be at 10:00 am on June 21, 2016 in the John L O'Brien Building southeast of the Capitol Building.
Free parking is available at the Farmer's Market at the west end of Capitol Way with free shuttle service to the Capitol campus and the John O'Brien Bldg.
Editor's note: This article was written by Sonja Ericson-Russell and published in the RFFOW May Newsletter. It is a good read as it shows the process of getting a bill passed through the legislature.
I want to thank Dick Warbrouck and the Retired Fire Fighters of Washington for their work on ESB 5873 and for being my main support as a stakeholder invested in the amendment to this bill.
Beginning in May of 2009, just after my husband Dennis Russell passed away, I began a concerted effort to obtain my survivor benefit. I spent several years in appeal to The Department of Retirement Systems and in Superior Court. After being denied every step of the way, and exhausting all available avenues and resources, I thought that was the end of the story until February of 2015 when I learned that a new bill had been initiated.
Effective June 9, 2016, qualified Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 1 retirees have an opportunity to provide survivor benefits to their post-retirement spouse or registered domestic partner. The open window for making this change is June 9, 2016 to Sept. 1, 2016.
To qualify, you must have been married or registered in a domestic partnership after retirement. Even if a portion of your retirement benefit was awarded to an ex-spouse as a property division obligation in a divorce or legal separation, as long as a portion of your retirement benefit is payable to directly to you, you may qualify. You must also meet these additional requirements:
- Your marriage or registration must span at least two years before Sept. 1, 2015
- Your spouse or registered domestic partner cannot be already eligible for survivor benefits through any other provisions of LEOFF law
The bill creating this study assignment had some dollars allocated to fund the study, but those funds were vetoed by the governor. Therefore we were concerned as to how the committee might approach the study.
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