OREA is on the job all year long. We represent the interests of retired teachers at the legislature, the governor's office, retirement and health insurance boards, state pension commission, and more. OREA listens to you and gives voice to your needs and concerns. Opportunities for active involvement are afforded to members eager to participate in OREA's advocacy programs.
On Monday, April 16th, the House Appropriations and Budget Committee accepted a Proposed Committee Substitute on the bill. OREA leaders worked with House Leadership, including the speaker’s office, and the bill is now amended to EXEMPT the Teacher’s Retirement System. THANK YOU to all who took the time to call or contact legislators to express your opinion about the bill, because YOU made a difference! Comments were made by the speaker’s and the chair’s office that they were “hammered” with phone calls. Your message to protect the TRS was heard. At the same committee meeting, the chair, Kevin Wallace, then laid the bill over, which in effect, means that most likely the bill is dead.
Thank you for getting the word out to education retirees and urging them to also take action. Our Teacher Retirement System is now on sound footing and any attempts by the