Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Legislators And PERS, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

UPDATE: HB 2113 passes in Senate by vote of 30 to 0 on June 29, 2011.  It had previously passsed in the House by vote of 56 to 4. HB 2113 changes the law governing how Oregon legislators can join PERS, by virtue … Continue reading

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Legislative PERS Reform A Total Failure

In January, 2011 there was a lot of indications that the 76th Oregon Legislative Assembly would make reforms to PERS.  Over 30 separate bills were introduced that would reduce benefits and make more money available to the people of Oregon to pay … Continue reading

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What You NEED To Know About PERS

The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) was established to provide retirement benefits to Oregon’s public employees.  It has grown to an incredible size and has developed a tremendous appetite for money.  For the 2011 – 2013 biennium, Governor Kitzhaber’s … Continue reading

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Oregon SB 78, It’s Compassionate, But For Whom

Oregon Senate Bill 78 would allow for the release of prisoners under circumstances that some would describe as compassionate.  The summary of the bill provides, in part, that ” SB 78 authorizes State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to advance … Continue reading

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HB 2011, It Will Reduce A Benefit Most Legislators Receive

UPDATE:  Oregon Legislature adjourns without taking any action on HB 2011.  HB 2011 would require state employees to pay a portion of their health insurance premiums.  Here is a summary of HB 2011 prepared by its sponsors: “Requires  state  employees  … Continue reading

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Priorities Of The 2011 Oregon Legislature

Many bill have introduced in the Oregon legislature for the 2011 Regular Session.  At least forty of those bills concern PERS.  Of those, there are three that would  prohibit legislators from joining PERS, HB 2987, HB 2988 and HB 2989.  Only one … Continue reading

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Oregon Legislators, PERS and the Oregon Ethics Code

In 1974, the Oregon legislature referred the Ethic Code to the people of Oregon for approval.  It was  overwhelmingly approved in the 1974 general election, by a vote of 73% in favor to 27% opposed.  The Code declared that a public … Continue reading

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