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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2014 04:24 PM
From: Senator Sean Wiley
To: All Senate members
Subject: Removing Ambiguity from the County Pension Law

When we convene in January, I intend to reintroduce legislation that amends the County Pension Law (Act 96 of 1971) to clarify that county pension cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) need not be calculated retroactively. Last session, this measure passed the Senate unanimously as Senate Bill 1078.

Ambiguous language in Act 96 has been interpreted to require that a COLA be calculated retroactively to the COLA last-approved by the county retirement board. This has deterred some counties from approving COLAs. My bill simply amends Act 96 to remove that ambiguity.

This legislation is supported by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, AFSCME Council 13, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge.

Returning co-sponsors are Senators Argall, Blake, Boscola, Brewster, Eichelberger, Fontana, Gordner, Greenleaf, Hughes, Hutchinson, Kitchen, Schwank, Smith, Stack, Tartaglione, Vance, Vogel, Ward, White, Williams, Wozniak, and Yudichak.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as SB129