2019 Legislative Session Updates
- Springfield News Leader Article Jered Taylor Comments – February 15, 2019
- Springfield News Leader Article Jered Taylor Comments – March 20, 2019
- End of Session Report – May 12
- 2017 Issues of Importance – End of Session
- CALL TO ACTION – Good News But We Still Need You – May 58
- CALL TO ACTION -Voucher Bill Voted Out of House Committee – May 2
- CALL TO ACTION – Vouchers Passed by Senate – May 1
- CALL TO ACTION – Voucher Bill Voted Out of Senate Committee – April 25
- CALL TO ACTION – Vouchers – April 6
- Legislative Report – March 20
- CALL TO ACTION – Charter Schools – March 3
- MRTA Day at the Capitol – A Total Success!
- Capitol Blitz Day
- 2017 Legislative Dates
- Missouri Senate Health and Pensions Committee
- May 2016 Newsletter – Legislative Edition – Includes the 2016 End of Session Report!
- 2016 End of Session Report
- CALL TO ACTION – The Senate Needs to Hear from You Today – April 29
- CALL TO ACTION – Contact the House and Senate – April 22
- Halftime Report
- CALL TO ACTION – Stop Filibuster – Support 2.55 Factor – March 21
- CALL TO ACTION – HR 711 Equal Treatment of Public Servants – March 17
- CALL TO ACTION – St. Louis City COLA – March 9
- 20 for 2020 – Rex Sinquefield’s Show-Me Institute Agenda
- Issues of Importance 2016 – Updated February 25
- St. Louis City Retirees Petition Delivery
- Governor’s Prayer Breakfast
- Session Schedule Jan 2016
2015 Legislative Reports and Calls to Action Archive
- End of Session Report – May 15
- Call to Action HB 478 – May 8
- Call to Action – Legislative Update – May 1
- Call to Action – April E-News – April 28
- Dear MRTA:
The April issue of MRTA's E-News is now available! Please click here to read!
This 5 page issue includes information on:
- Call to Action - 3 bills need your attention!
- 2015 MRTA Calendar of Events
- MRTF Mailing Label Campaign
- Travel with MRTA - River Cruise Sale
- Dear MRTA:
- HR 711 – Ask Congress to Support Equal Treatment of Public Servants – March 26
- Halftime Report – UPDATED Issues of Importance – March 19
- Current Legislative Issues of Importance – March 3
- Call to Action – St. Louis City Retirees – February 24
2014 Legislative Reports and Calls to Action
3 Weeks Left – Call to Action – Oct. 14
Stand Up, Speak Up – Call to Action – Sept. 30
MRTA Call to Action – Don’t be Fooled – Sept. 15
MRTA – Amendment 3 Press Release
MRTA Call to Action – Aug. 25
Amendment 3 Talking Points
Flyer – Amendment 3
Amendment 3 – Donate Today!
Amendment 3 Ballot Language
- Veto Session – Click here for HB 253 Veto Override Attempt Vote Record – September 12, 2013
- HB 253 Defeated – September 11, 2013
Dear MRTA Members:
THE MOTION TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNOR'S VETO FAILED 94 to 67.They needed 109 votes to override. CONGRATULATIONS MRTA!!
The world is run by those who show up!
- Call to Action – August 6, 2013
- Call to Action – May 30, 2013
- You Meant Business! End of Session Report – May 17, 2013
- Legislative Report – May 9, 2013
- Call to Action – HCS SB 125 – May 3, 2013
- SB 475 Hearing Report April 9, 2013
- Press Release – MRTA Petition March 27, 2013
- 29,998 Signature Petition Delivered – March 26, 2013
- Call to Action Please Sign Our Petition (Coversheet Only) – March 11, 2013
- 2013 Legislative Day – February 18, 2013
- 2013 Legislative Announcements – January 8, 2013
- Public Pension Exemption
- Legislative Day 2013 Announcement
- 2013 Legislative Platform
2012 Session – Legislative Reports & Calls to Action
- May 18, 2012 – Legislative Report – MRTA You are a Success – End of Session Report
- May 18, 2012 – Legislative Report – Morning Report on the Last Day of Session
- May 11, 2012 – Legislative Report
- May 4, 2012 – Legislative Report
- April 19, 2012 – Legislative Report
- April 12, 2012 – Legislative Report
- April 11, 2012 – Call to Action – Oppose SB 806 Teacher Tenure & Oppose SB 842
- March 29, 2012 – Call to Action – SCS SB 842 Placed on Senate Calendar for Debate and Vote.
- March 22, 2012 – Call to Action – Oppose SCS SB 842
- February 29, 2012 – Call to Action – Update HCS HB 1740
- February 24, 2012 – Call to Action – HCS HB 1740
- February 17, 2012 – Legislative Report – MRTA Legislative Day 2012
- January 13, 2012 – Legislative Report
2012 Legislative Issues
- Letter to Governor Nixon on State Investment Board
- HB 628 Stalls in Committee and HB 409
- HB 409 Hearing Report
- Why to Oppose HB 409
- Legislative Issues of Interest February 14, 2011
- MRTA Supports HCR 10 – Urges Congress to immediately repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision of the Social Security Act.
- We Did it Again!
- Did We Do It Again?
- MRTA, We did it! SS HCS HB 2357 Dies!
- SS SB 714(Bill Died May 10) Hearing Comments and Testimony
- MRTA Opposes SS SB 714/SB 1050
- SB 896 is on the Senate Calendar! ALL Senators must be called to oppose this legislation! The big push will be this week!
- 2010 MRTA Legislative Issues – Please pay special attention to SB 1050, SB 896 & HB 2113
- The Legislature Can Giveth; The Legislature Can Taketh – 2010 Legislative Session
MRTA 2007 LEGISLATIVE REPORT – VERY GOOD YEAR FOR RETIRED EDUCATORS
THANK YOU MRTA MEMBERS and VOLUNTEERS!!
INCOME TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR EDUCATION RETIREES – SS#2 SCS HCS HB 444
HB 444 was introduced by House Speaker Rod Jetton to exempt Social Security Retirees from state income tax. MRTA went to work and convinced the Speaker and the House of Representatives to include Education Retirees. The House agreed. The bill went to the Senate where they promptly removed us from the exemption. Your calls and letters convinced the Senate to put us back in the compromise version. Beginning January 1, 2007, this bill authorizes an income tax deduction to be phased-in over six years for Social Security benefits, Social Security disability benefits, and benefits received from a non-private retirement system for individuals 62 years of age or older. A single taxpayer with an adjusted gross income of $85,000 or less or a married taxpayer filing a combined return with an adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less will qualify for the maximum deduction. If a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income exceeds the income amount, the deduction will be decreased by $1 for every dollar in excess of the maximum. If a taxpayer receives both Social Security benefits and public retirement benefits, the maximum deduction for the publicly funded retirement benefits will be decreased by $1 for every dollar of Social Security benefits received by the taxpayer if the benefits are not included in his or her Missouri adjusted form gross income. This Legislation is MRTA`s #1 success for 2007 and will contribute to education retirees living healthy vital lives and help ensure they are secure economically, socially and professionally in retirement.
“SPIKING” of FAS now better regulated. CCS HCS SB 406
One of MRTA`s concerns and included in the 2007 MRTA Legislative Platform is to stop the abusive practice of “SPIKING”. CCS HCS SB 406 includes MRTA language sponsored by Representative Sara Lampe. The new law puts a limit on annual increases in final average salary (FAS) used for calculating PSRS retirement benefits to no more than ten percent, unless a member changes to a longer contract or reaches a higher level of educational attainment. This will save our retirement system many dollars and help maintain our systems integrity.
DEFEATED! HB 808 – EDUCATION VOUCHERS/TAX CREDITS
Again, the calls and letters along with personal lobbying by MRTA volunteers during MRTA Legislative Days held February 22/23 and the MRTA Legislative Reception held on March 11th were instrumental to the defeat. Visitwww.morta.org to find out how your Representative voted. HJR 1 was stalled which would have stopped public education’s access to the court system on constitutional issues such as public school funding and vouchers. GREAT JOB MRTA!
DISAPPOINTMENT – “BUMP” for COLA CAPPED RETIREES REMOVED
Representative Danielle Moore of Fulton introduced HB 661 for MRTA. HB 661 was legislation to temporally fix the COLA CAP limit of 80% for those older education retirees who are at minimum retirement benefit and are COLA capped. Due to the insistence and hard work of Rep Moore, HB661 language was amended on to SB 406. The language would have “BUMPED the benefit by $5 per year creditable service per month for PSRS capped retirees 75 years of age and older, $3 for PEERS retirees. Cost for five years $19.5 million. The House accepted the legislation. The Senate removed it in Conference committee because or EXTREME OPPOSITION from both active teacher associations and the PSRS/PEERS system. We CAN NOT THANK REP MOORE ENOUGH FOR HER WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR MRTA. Thank Rep Moore for all her hard work at 573-751-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org Special thanks to Representatives Sara Lampe, Ward Franz, Patricia Yaeger, Rita Haywood, Jim Viebrock, and Speaker Rod Jetton. We appreciate Chairman Wallace although he did not support us he did allow free/ open debate and allowed the legislation to move forward from committee. 25 and out/2.55 after 31 years was renewed in SB 406 for five years. Cost $40 million to PSRS/PEERS system.