The Legislature adjourned over the weekend, signaling the practical end of the 2019 Legislative Session. There is one more official day on the calendar, but not further work on policy or budget items will take place.

The biggest piece of legislation that impacted KPERS was SB 9, which transferred $115 million to KPERS, in additional to regular employer contributions

All policy changes were combined into a single bill (HB 2031) and th changes included:
  1. Adding bloodborne pathogens and specific cancers to the definition of “service-connected” for Kansas Police and Fire (KP&F) death and disability benefits.
  2. Expanding the delegated authority the KPERS Board of Trustees to enter into contracts for services when it is in the best interest of the Trust Fund.
  3. Extending the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) pilot for an additional 5 years (through December 2025) and adding the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to the Kansas Highway Patrol as employers included in the pilot DROP.
  4. Delaying the implementation of a penalty on retirees who return to work for a KPERS employer before the end of their waiting period, restore any penalties that were initiated, and allowing the Executive Director to waive the retiree penalty in certain situations.
  5. Allowing Community Developmental Disability Organizations (CDDOs) to designate a two-year waiting period for direct support positions.
The operating budget was largely unchanged from the budget approved by the Board of Trustees last September. The Legislature did remove the budgeted salary adjustments (this was done to all agencies) and then the Legislature passed a 2.5% salary adjustment for all agencies.

The approved budget included a contingent payment of $56 million if actual revenues exceeded the April revenue estimates. That contingent payment was changed to a guaranteed appropriation, but reduced to $51 million.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or would like more details. 
Senate Calendar
Action and Subject Index
House Calendar
KPERS Legislative Page
KPERS-Related Bills
Appropriating $115 million to the KPERS Trust Fund for reduced contributions in prior fiscal years.
  • Passed the Senate 40-0 on February 5
  • Passed the House 117-0 on February 22
  • Became effective March 14, 2019
Senate Bill 15
Including blood borne pathogen in the definition of "service-connected" for KP&F Death and Disability benefits.
KPERS' Summary
  • Passed the Senate 40-0 on February 27
  • Passed the House as amended 124-0 on March 26
Reamortizing the State/School group unfunded actuarial liability.
Providing a cost-of-living-adjustment for certain retirees.
KPERS Summary |
Making Local corrections officers eligible for KP&F membership.
KPERS' Summary |
  • Recommended favorable for passage by Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance
Senate Bill 200
Increasing KP&F benefit cap to 95%; reducing employee contributions when reaching benefit cap.
KPERS' Summary |

  Adjusting the penalty for retirees who return to work before the end of their waiting period. 
KPERS' Summary |

  KPERS procurement policies and procedures; Board duties.
KPERS' Summary |

  Community development disability organizations; membership rules for direct support positions.
KPERS' Summary |
  • Passed the Senate 39-0 on March 26
  • Amended into the Conference Committee report on HB 2031
House Bill 2031
Including blood borne pathogen in the definition of "service-connected" for KP&F Death and Disability benefits.
KPERS Summary |
  • Passed the House 123-0 on February 27
  • Passed the Senate 39-0 on March 27
  • Signed by the Governor on April 18. Becomes effective July 1, 2019. 
Moving certain law enforcement positions at the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Department to KP&F for future service.  
KPERS Summary |
  • Recommended favorable for passage by House Financial Institutions and Pensions
House Bill 2100 
Providing a cost-of-living-adjustment for certain retirees. 
KPERS' Summary |
  KPERS procurement policies and procedures; Board duties.
KPERS' Summary |
  • Passed the House 117-0 on February 22
  • Passed the Senate 39-0 on March 27
  • Amended into the Conference Committee report on HB 2031
House Bill 2139
Making Local corrections officers eligible for KP&F membership.
KPERS' Summary |
Extending the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) pilot and adding the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
KPERS Summary |
  • Passed the House 123-0 on February 27
  • Passed the Senate 39-0 on March 27
  • Amended into the Conference Committee report on HB 2031
Reamortizing the State/School group unfunded actuarial liability.
KPERS Summary |
Increasing the retiree death benefit to $10,000.
KPERS' Summary |
Making State corrections officers eligible for KP&F membership.
KPERS' Summary |

  Reamortizing the State/School group unfunded actuarial liability.
KPERS Summary |
  • Motion to recommend for passage by House Committee of the Whole failed on February 15.
Exempting STARBASE from working after retirement rules.
KPERS Summary |
  • Passed the House as amended 92-32 on February 27
  • Passed the Senate as amended 39-0 on March 26
  • Amended into the Conference Committee report on HB 2031
Creating the Kansas Thrift Savings Plan.
KPERS' Summary |

  Ending legislative participation in KPERS.
KPERS' Summary |

  Increasing KP&F benefit cap to 95%; reducing employee contributions when reaching benefit cap.
KPERS Summary |

  Including certain concurrent military service as participating service credit.
KPERS' Summary |

  Increasing the employee contribution rate for school members to 7.15%.
KPERS' Summary |

 
 






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