Legislative Updates

The retirement system's role is to provide information and factual analysis on the impact of proposed legislation.

2020 Session

2020 Legislative Tracker (Final)

Key: + - Bill has been enacted into law; * - Bill is dead; # - Bill has been tabled or referred to interim study.

* House Bill 1204

This bill excludes hours worked for emergency response and training by retired members working for municipal fire departments from the annual limitations on hours worked by NHRS retirees working for retirement system participating employers.

* House Bill 1205

This bill links the recalculation of a Group I retiree’s annuity to his or her full retirement age under the federal Social Security system.
NHRS "Bill Brief" on HB 1205

House Bill 1234

This bill contains a number of provisions unrelated to the retirement system. In regard to NHRS, this bill requires the quarterly report of the retirement system's Independent Investment Committee (IIC) to include a description of investment fees. The bill also requires IIC reports to be available on the retirement system’s website. Note: The NHRS-related section of this bill was originally introduced as HB 1326 and subsequently amended into HB 1234.

House Bill 1235

This bill establishes a committee to study “ensuring workforce maintenance” through enhancement of the retirement system. The bill also makes an appropriation for the purposes of the study.

House Bill 1341 

This bill changes the application of 2011 amendments to certain Group II retirement system provisions for Group II members who are in vested status prior to July 1, 2021.
NHRS "Bill Brief" on HB 1341

# House Bill 1434 

This bill repeals the requirements for retired state employees and judicial retirees who are Medicare-eligible to pay premium contributions for state retiree health benefits. (Note: Health benefits are administered by the Risk Management Unit of the Dept. of Administrative Services, not NHRS.)

* House Bill 1447

This bill revises the penalty for a retired member of the retirement system working part-time for a retirement system employer who exceeds the maximum hours during a calendar year. The revised penalty is a 23 percent deduction from the retiree’s part-time compensation for the remainder of the year.

House Bill 1494

This bill eliminates the retirement system offset for workers' compensation benefits applicable to Group I accidental death benefit annuities. Note: This bill also contains a number of provisions unrelated to NHRS benefits.

* House Bill 1550

This bill extends accidental death benefits for Group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.
NHRS "Bill Brief" on HB 1550

# House Bill 1561 

This bill allows county commissioners to exempt the county chief administrative officer from compulsory membership in the state retirement system at the time of initial hiring or appointment.

* House Bill 1634 

This bill exempts members who had a part-time position with another employer concurrent with their full-time employment from the statutory 28-day waiting period on part-time employment with a participating employer following retirement.

Senate Bill 543

This bill allows members with at least 10 years of Group II service hired for certain management positions with the state Department of Corrections to continue to be classified as Group II members.

* Senate Bill 637

This bill amends NHRS statutory provisions regarding protection against fraud and error in its records.
NHRS "Bill Brief" on HB 1550

Bills retained from 2019

* House Bill 497

This bill requires the state to pay 15 percent of employer contributions for teachers, police officers and firefighters employed by political subdivisions beginning in fiscal year 2020.