Public Employee


SB 788 (Hendrick/Reese): Defines military service that qualifies for credit towards the Oklahoma Firefighter Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System, and the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System.

SB 849 (Herbert/Dunegan): Seasonal employees employed pursuant to 74 O.S. § 1806.1 who work less than one thousand two hundred (1,200) hours in a twelve month period will be considered unclassified employees.

SB 852 (Herbert/Dunegan ): Placing employees in the Traveler Response Information Program within the Division of Travel and Tourism of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department in the unclassified service and future employees hired by the Division of Oklahoma Today Magazine. Employees currently employed in classified positions in the Division of Oklahoma Today Magazine will not be moved to an unclassified position without his or her consent.

SB 873 (Helton/Glover): Requires health plans offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and the Oklahoma State Employees Benefits Council to provide coverage for radical retropubic prostatectomy surgery side effects, including impotence, incontinence and other prostate related conditions.

SB 902 (Haney/Hamilton): This act amends Title 70 O.S. 1991, §17-101(25) relating to Teachers' Retirement System definitions. It excludes the flexible benefit allowance from regular annual compensation for purposes of retirement benefit calculation. It further amends Title 70 O.S. 1991, § 18-114.7 relating to the Minimum Salary Schedule. It amends the minimum salary schedule for the 1998-99 year and excludes from the minimum salary schedule the flexible benefit allowance. This act creates the Education Flexible Benefits Allowance Act providing for the creation of a flexible benefits allowance for certain education employees. The flexible benefit allowance shall be used to purchase health care coverage and other cafeteria plan benefits. Further, it requires school districts to pay 50% of their employee's health care coverage cost but allows this 50% amount to be reduced by the flexible benefit allowance.

SB 949 (Haney /Hamilton ): Places all positions and personnel of the Criminal Justice Resource Center within the Department of Public Safety in the unclassified service.

SB 1032 (Monson/Reese): This Act provides for the uniform treatment of the final retirement benefit payment upon the death of a retiree of the state retirement systems. It codifies the current practice of allowing Justices and judges to retire after serving eight years and meeting the rule of 80. It deletes language limiting types of service credit that can be used for determining retirement benefit for Justices and judges. This bill prohibits forfeiture of retirement benefits for governmental officials and employees upon receiving a deferred sentence. This Act further eliminates the dual calculation for state employee retirement benefits and eliminates the wear-away provision. It codifies current practice of limiting the number of years of military service credit granted by the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System. This bill provides for certain Higher Education employees transferring to OPERS to remain under the rule of 80. Allows employees of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency to participate in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System and purchase service credit. Allows for members who elected to make higher employee contributions in order to receive a final average compensation higher than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) to receive a refund of any elected after-tax contributions. Allows for elected pre-tax contributions to be transferred to the Oklahoma State Employees Deferred Savings Incentive Plan on behalf of the member. Codifying limitation on post-employment military service credit for retirement purposes. Deletes obsolete references to employee elections to pay contributions on compensation in excess of $25,000. Provides that calculation and participation coverage errors, by participating employers in the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, will be considered a current obligation of the employer.

SB 1037 (Taylor/Benson): This Act, commonly referred to as the COLA bill, grants benefit increases to certain state retirees. Certain retired members of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System (FFPRS), Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System (PPRS), and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System (OLERS), shall receive a benefit increase equal to a percentage of the loss of purchasing power experienced by the individual retiree. Certain retired members of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), shall receive a flat percentage increase of 2.5% multiplied by the number of years retired with a cap of 25% for those who have been retired 10 or more years. Certain members of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma received a benefit increase based upon a recalculation of retirement benefits. This Act further provides for certain remedies for the unfunded liabilities of the Teachers' Retirement System of Oklahoma. The employer contribution schedule is changed and a percentage of the gross production tax currently going to the System is removed in FY '00. A percentage of the General Revenue Fund shall be apportioned to the System giving the System a more stable and increasing source of dedicated revenue. This Act further eliminates the dual calculation for state employee retirement benefits and eliminates the wear-away provision. This Act also repeals Title 62 O.S. Supp. 1997, Section 1001, which placed a limit on when certain benefit increases could be given to retirees.

SB 1043 (Monson/Roberts): This act will allow employees who receive their payroll other than monthly and are an active participant in the State Employees Deferred Savings Incentive Plan to have an amount contributed to their deferred savings plan which is equivalent to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per month.

SB 1285 (Hendrick/Reese): This act removes the disqualification of survivor benefits to a spouse of a Justice or Judge if that spouse remarries after July 1, 1998.

HB 2270 (Dunegan/Dickerson ): Authorizes the Office of Personnel Management to make one or more standard employee ratings systems available and updates certain statutory citations.

HB 2379 (Weese/Stipe): Allows the Department of Corrections to disqualify a certified applicant for a correctional officer cadet or a probation and parole officer position if the Department considers that applicant in connection with the hiring of three other certified applicants. The applicant will be omitted from future certification lists for a period of six months. At the conclusion of the six months, the applicant may request to be restored to the certification list without any deprivation of preference.

HB 2568 (Boyd, Laura/Monson): An act relating to county, municipal and the various state retirement systems. Providing that retirement benefits are not subject to creditor post-judgment actions for those systems that did not already have such provisions. Including support of children in the definition of "qualified domestic order". Providing a "qualified domestic order" exception to the retirement benefit protection from creditors.

HB 2695 (Benson/Taylor): This bill was approved June 8th, 1998 and has an effective date of July 1, 1998. This bill provides for the termination of the retired teacher benefit increase, granted this session in SB 1037, on June 30, 1999. It further provides that such benefit increase may be re-authorized by the Legislature. This bill also provides that certain state employees who voluntarily elected to increase their maximum compensation shall have certain pre-tax contributions transferred to the Oklahoma State Employees Deferred Savings Incentive Plan on behalf of the state employee and certain after-tax contributions refunded to the state employee.

HB 2746 (Hamilton/Rozell): This act does the following for the Corporation Commission: It allows the Corporation Commission, after written justification, to employ an expert witness. It increases the number of Senior Utility Analysts positions to two while clarifying the position's requirements. It redesignates the "referee" position as an administrative law judge. It modifies the employment requirements of certain positions and it adds six unclassified positions.

HB 2928 (Benson/Taylor): This act provides a four percent (4%) raise for full-time and part-time state employees effective January 1, 1999. Such pay raise is capped at Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) with a One Thousand and Two Hundred Fifty Dollar ($1,250.00) floor. The bill provides for a prohibition of the raise for certain state officials, employees and contract personnel and a flexible benefit allowance for payment of state employee's dependents insurance premiums.

HB 3160 (Satterfield/Morgan): This act relates to law enforcement officers and related personnel. It provides a salary increase for Highway Patrol Officers, Lake Patrol Officers, Capitol Patrol Officers, and Communications Division employees. It also creates a Lake Patrol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety. 


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