Virtual hearing set for Sept. 1 on MTA-backed early retirement bill

Virtual hearing set for Sept. 1 on MTA-backed early retirement bill

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Service has scheduled a virtual hearing on Sept. 1 to take testimony about the early retirement bill backed by the MTA.

H.2620/S.1791, An Act to provide a retirement enhancement opportunity for certain members of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System, provides a thoughtful approach to allowing teachers an opportunity to retire with dignity and financial security.

Wednesday’s virtual hearing begins at 1 p.m. MTA members who want to testify need to complete this form from the committee by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30. Speakers will have three minutes to address the committee.

The committee has several bills on its agenda, so there is no way to know exactly when testimony will be taken on H.2620/S.1791.

The committee also accepts written testimony. Statements can be sent by email to They will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The MTA also plans to submit a package of videos made by members who have shared their stories explaining why they support the bill. Members can still record a 90-second video through the MTA’s platform and have it included in the submission. CLICK HERE TO RECORD YOUR STORY.

Member advocacy was key in moving the bill to a hearing. Now it is important to speak out in support of the legislation to keep it moving toward passage.