2012 Legislature – HB 4033 and PERS Secrecy

HB 4033 has been introduced into the 2012 Oregon legislature at the request of  the House interim Committee on Business and Labor for PERS Coalition and Oregon PERS Retirees, Inc.  The purpose of HB 4033 is to give PERS members 14 days advance notice before their retirement benefit information is disclosed so that they can file a lawsuit to prevent such disclosure.   This bill is an obvious attempt by PERS members to stop the disclosure of their retirement benefits without their consent.

HB 4033 even provide an Emergency Clause.  SECTION 3 provides: This 2012 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2012 Act takes effect on its passage.  Only PERS members and those who love them could possibly believe that that the public health, peace and safety depends upon the immediate implementation of HB 4033.  The fact that no harm has come to the public peace, health or safety since PERS retirement benefit information has been released establishes that, except in the minds of PERS members, no emergency exists.

If you are interested in this matter, contact your legislators and tell them how you feel about the people’s time being spent on this Bill.  If you like HB 4033 and believe it must immediately be passed, let your legislators know that.  If you do not like HB 4033 and if you believe that you have the right to know how much retirement benefits PERS members are forcing you to pay them, let your legislators know that.  If you do not let your legislators know your position on this bill, do not blame your legislators for what happens to HB 4033.

You can contact your legislators by going to http://www.leg.state.or.us/index.html. For your Senator, click on State Senators listed Alphabetically.  For your Representatives, click on House and then on State Representatives listed Alphabetically .  That will give you their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.  Then give’em what for.

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About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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