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2017 Legislation 

The following is a description of the 2017 legislation affecting members of retirement systems administered by the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).

SB 242  (Sen. Adam Pugh and Rep. Ryan Martinez)
Effective August 25, 2017

This bill adds the Oklahoma State Treasurer, or his/her designee, to the OPERS and Teachers' Retirement System Board of Trustees.

To read SB 242, click here.

HB 1704  (Rep. Randy McDaniel and Sen. Bill Brown)
Effective November 1, 2017

OPERS requested this bill to clarify certain plan provisions for members of the Uniform Retirement System for Justices and Judges (URSJJ), Elected Officials, and Public Safety Officers under the Grand River Dam Authority. 

  • URSJJ Retirees Returning to Work - Amended language treats retired members of the Uniform Retirement System for Justices and Judges (URSJJ) similarly to OPERS members. Judges who return to work for a URSJJ employer must participate in URSJJ by paying retirement contributions. If the judge returns to work for at least 36 consecutive months of full time service credit, they would be eligible to retire a second time and have their benefit recalculated. If the judge returns to work for less than the 36 consecutive months of full time service credit, they would not be able to retire a second time but would have their benefits reinstated upon leaving office and receive service credit for the additional months. 
  • Elected Officials - Currently if an elected official chooses the maximum option with a ½ survivor annuity, the surviving spouse will only receive the survivor annuity if he/she does not remarry after the elected official's death. The amended language removes the prohibition against remarriage. 
  • GRDA Public Safety Officers - The statutory cite for hazardous duty exemptions in Pathfinder needs to be updated to include GRDA officers under 74§902 as a result of 2016 legislation.

To read HB 1704, click here.


 Last Revised - June 20, 2017

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