MCCC Legislative Priorities: 2015 – 2016 Legislative Session Final report by MCCC VP Donnie McGee, 5/11/16

MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE BILLS:

H. 1055 - An Investment in Higher Education Faculty
Requires that seventy-five percent of undergraduate courses be taught by full time tenure and tenure track faculty by 2019 and contains provisions for pension support, health insurance, and a possible career path for adjunct faculty. (Rep. Paul Mark)

H.2206 - An Act Relative to Part-time Higher Education Faculty Eligibility in the State Retirement System (companion bill in the Senate)
Allows part-time faculty who teach at least four, three or more credit courses per calendar year at one or more state higher education institutions to earn one half year of creditable service for this time. (Representative Michael Brady)

H.2207 - An Act Relative to State Group Health Insurance (companion bill in the Senate)
Extends group health insurance coverage to part-time higher education faculty members who teach the equivalent of at least two courses per semester or four courses during a calendar year consisting of three or more credits regardless of funding source. (Representative Michael Brady)

MASSACHUSETTS SENATE BILLS:

S. 1376 - An Act Relative to Part-time Higher Education Faculty Eligibility in the State Retirement System (companion bill in the House)
Allows part-time faculty who teach at least four, three or more credit courses per calendar year at one or more state higher education institutions to earn one half year of creditable service for this time. (Senator Patricia Jehlen)

S. 1377 - An Act Relative to State Group Health Insurance (companion bill in the House)
Extends group health insurance coverage to part-time higher education faculty members who teach the equivalent of at least two courses per semester or four courses during a calendar year consisting of three or more credits regardless of funding source. (Senator Patricia Jehlen)

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION:

House 973/Senate 1651 – The Social Security Fairness Act of 2015:
This bipartisan legislative proposal would eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) which greatly diminishes Social Security benefits for those with public pensions from one of 15 states, including Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island. This Act would also repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) which reduces public employees’ Social Security spousal or survivor benefits by 2/3 of their public pension.