2020 Legislative Session Impacts OPERS and URSJJ Members

The summary below includes highlights from the 2020 legislative session that is of interest to OPERS and URSJJ members. You can obtain copies of the enrolled legislation at www.okhouse.gov.

COLA Approved
House Bill 3350 (Rep. Avery Frix & Sen. Roger Thompson)
Effective July 1, 2020

OPERS and URSJJ members, who were receiving a benefit as of June 30, 2019 and who continue to receive benefits on or after July 1, 2020, will receive a cost of living adjustment (COLA). The COLA is an increase based on the number of years retired.

Number of Years Retired as of July 1, 2020 COLA Adjustment
Less than two years No adjustment
At least two years, but less than five years 2% increase
Five years or more 4% increase

Communication will be sent to retirees eligible for the COLA in late July, and the increase will be effective for the benefit deposit on July 31, 2020.

Hazardous Duty – Deputy Sheriffs & County Jailers
House Bill 2272 (Rep. Josh West & Sen. Paul Rosino)
Effective Nov. 1, 2020

This bill created a new group of “hazardous duty” members in OPERS. Deputy sheriffs and jailers who are hired by a participating county as deputy sheriff or jailer for the first time on or after November 1, 2020, will participate in the hazardous duty plan. This plan is open only to members who have not worked as a deputy sheriff or jailer prior to November 1, 2020.

Quartz Mountain Transfer
House Bill 2753 (Rep. Jon Echols & Sen. Roger Thompson)
Effective Oct. 1, 2020

This bill transfers Quartz Mountain to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. An employee transferred under this act, who is a member of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Oklahoma or the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System, may elect to remain a member of the applicable system or may elect to become a member of the OPERS or Pathfinder system, depending on their elgibility. Employees will need to complete a form by Nov. 1, 2020, to indicate which system they select.