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Creditable Service: Call your state senator and representative today

MTA members are urged to call their senators and representatives to support the following MTA-filed bills currently being considered by various legislative committees. 

Senate Ways and Means Committee

SB 1585 -- A bill enabling public educators, PreK through graduate school, to purchase up to 10 years of creditable service for time spent teaching in non-public institutions. (Lead Sponsor: Sen. Steven C. Panagiotakas, D-Lowell)

The Public Service Committee amended the bill to permit the purchase of up to five years of creditable service and then reported the bill favorably. SB 1585 (as amended) has been referred to Senate Ways and Means for cost analysis.

Since that referral, the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), a state agency overseeing all public employee retirement systems, has forwarded to Senate Ways and Means a preliminary estimate of state costs should S1585 become law.

Calls to your own state senator would be helpful, requesting that the senator lobby the chair of Ways and Means, Sen. Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, to report the bill favorably to the full Senate for its consideration.

All senators can be reached by calling the senate switchboard at 617-722-1276.

HB460 - providing for creditable service for time any teacher spent in a layoff status. HB460 was filed by Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen, D-Somerville, for MTA and AFT-Massachusetts.

The Public Service Committee amended the bill to authorize the purchase of up to five years of creditable service, reported the redraft favorably and the bill was then referred to Senate Ways and Means for cost analysis.

Calls are now recommended to one's own state senator, urging him or her to lobby the chairwoman of Senate Ways and Means, Sen. Murray, to report these bills favorably to the senate floor for a vote.

All senators can be reached by calling the senate switchboard at 617-722-1276.

SB 1535 – An act extending state group health insurance coverage to part-time faculty members who teach at least two courses per semester, providing three or more credits, or four courses per calendar year, at a public institution of higher education. (Lead sponsor: Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge.)

The bill has been reported favorably by both the Public Service and Health Care Financing committees and has been referred to Senate Ways and Means for cost analysis.

Call your local state senator and ask him or her to lobby Sen. Murray to report the bill favorably to the full senate for its consideration.

House Ways and Means

HB 189 – An act providing pension equity and fair vesting for part-time faculty members who teach at least two courses per semester, providing three or more credits, or four courses per calendar year, at a public institution of higher education. (Lead sponsor: Rep. Martin J. Walsh, D-Dorchester.)

The bill was reported favorably by the Public Service Committee and referred to House Ways and Means for cost analysis. Call your local state representatives and ask them to lobby the chair of House Ways and Means (Rep. Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop) to report the bill favorably.

"Intensive lobbying will help ensure that these important bills get reported out favorably by the committee," said MTA President Catherine A. Boudreau.  "That's the essential first step in the battle to having them enacted into law."

In the past months, MTA has provided written as well as verbal testimony in support of the bills. 

For up-to-date progress of any bill filed by MTA, see Track Legislation with MTA.