HJRCA#49 has replaced HJRCA#5

17 Apr

The Constitutional Amendment that we have been concerned about was filed over the weekend. Attached is information on HJRCA#49 (replaces HJRCA#5) filed by Speaker Madigan. This amendment would make it nearly impossible to improve the Tier II option for those hired after January 1, 2011. We are also concerned that it will undermine the constitutional protection for our pensions and open the door to future pension reductions for both current employees and retirees. HJRCA#49 would result in many unintended and undesirable consequences. Please call (Do not email.) House Pension and Personnel Committee Members TODAY (by Tuesday morning, April 17th). The list of names and phone numbers is in the attachment (I copy/pasted them below).

 When calling, say, “My name is ______ from (your city or address) and I am calling to ask Rep.______ to vote “Nay” or “Present” on HJRCA#49.”

Please Phone TODAY!

What was in the attachment:

Dick Lockhart will be testifying on behalf of SUAA and RTAC (Retired Teachers Association of Chicago).

SUAA would like for the Members and Friends of SUAA to call the members of the committee to ask them to either vote “Nay” or “Present”.

This Resolution will be heard in the House Personnel and Pensions Committee at 10:00 on Tuesday, April 17th.

ILCON Art. XIII, Sec. 5.1 new

Synopsis As Introduced

Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that no bill, except

a bill for appropriations, that provides a benefit increase under any pension or retirement system of the

State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall

become law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General

Assembly. Provides requirements for passage if the Governor vetoes a bill or returns a bill with specific

recommendations for change. Provides that no ordinance, resolution, rule, or other action of the

governing body, or an appointee or employee of the governing body, of any unit of local government or

school district that provides an emolument increase to an official or employee that has the effect of

increasing the amount of the pension or annuity that an official or employee could receive as a member of

a pension or retirement system shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of

that governing body. Provides that no action of the governing body, or an appointee or employee of the

governing body, of any pension or retirement system created or maintained for the benefit of officers or

employees of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality

thereof that results in a beneficial determination shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of

the members of that governing body. Defines terms. Effective January 9, 2013

House of Representative Personnel and Pensions Committee

Chairperson : Elaine Nekritz (217) 558-1004 D

Republican Spokesperson : Raymond Poe (217) 782-0044 R

Member: Daniel Biss (217) 782-4194 D

Member: Daniel J. Burke (217) 782-1117 D

Member: Karen May (217) 782-0902 D

Member: Michael J. Madigan D

Member: Thomas Morrison (217) 782-8026 R

Member: Darlene J. Senger (217) 782-6507 R

Member: Dave Winters (217) 782-0455 R

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