Firefighters, 911 operators and teachers would be affected by the omnibus pension and retirement bill.
Sponsored by Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park), HF1758, was amended and approved Friday by the House State Government Finance and Elections Committee.
Its next stop is the House Ways and Means Committee.
Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont) sponsors the companion, SF1712, which awaits action by the full Senate.
The requested changes in the bill come from the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.
Among its provisions, the bill would create a working group to consider changes to the pension benefits for 911 operators. A report would be due to the pension commission by March 1, 2022.
“Currently, 911 operators are not in the police and fire plan, which has early retirement, full retirement dates. These people are working side by side with the first responders, the police and fire, and they’re looking at whether they should be in a plan similar to that,” Nelson said.
The bill would delay until July 1, 2023, the required employee contribution rate increase from 7.5% to 7.75% of their salary in the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association.
“This is to be consistent with timing of a similar increase of the Teachers Retirement Association,” Nelson said. “The St. Paul teachers are a separate plan.”
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Other provisions in the bill include: