Legislative Updates

The retirement system's role is to provide information and factual analysis on the impact of proposed legislation.

NHRS Legislative Tracker (1/14/22)

2022 Session

Key: + - Bill has been enacted into law; * - Bill is dead; # - Bill has been referred to interim study.

House Bill 1079
This bill increases the annual number of hours a retiree may work for a retirement system employer to 1,664 and eliminates the initial 28-day restriction on such part-time employment after retiring.

House Bill 1257
This bill requires the NHRS Independent Investment Committee to sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw from investments in securities of companies that have direct holdings in active business operations located in China.

House Bill 1318
This bill establishes an employer penalty for noncompliance with certain data reporting requirements necessary for the administration of the retirement system. 

House Bill 1417
This bill provides that the state shall pay 7.5 percent of local employer contributions for Group I teachers and Group II police and fire members.
Related: NHRS Bill Brief on HB 1417

House Bill 1497
This bill allows a member of the retirement system to elect a survivorship optional allowance upon joining the retirement system. The election will not be effective until the member attains eligibility for service retirement. An active member may modify the election at any point in his or her career.

House Bill 1535
This bill establishes an initial cost-of-living adjustment in 2022, and subsequent increases subject to the prior approval of the NHRS Board of Trustees, to be paid by the retirement system on the first $30,000 of an eligible retiree's or beneficiary's pension benefit.
Related: NHRS Bill Brief on HB 1535

House Bill 1549
This bill allows retired Group II police members to work special duty law enforcement details and not have the special duty hours count against the annual limit on part-time hours.

House Bill 1557
This bill changes the time frame of the post-retirement grace period to change a survivor benefit optional retirement allowance.

House Bill 1587
This bill modifies the calculation of compensation paid in excess of the full base rate of pay under the definition of Average Final Compensation for Group II members hired on or after July 1, 2011, or who had not attained vested status prior to January 1, 2012.  

House Bill 1590
This bill establishes a procedure for political subdivision members of the retirement system to vote to withdraw from participation for its Group I employees hired after the effective date of the vote.

Senate Bill 363
This bill allows certain retirement system members to purchase nonqualified service time as group II creditable service in order to reduce certain transition provision requirements for retirement.
Related: NHRS Bill Brief on SB 363

Senate Bill 411
This bill establishes a new disability benefit for Group II members retired due to a violent injury.

Senate Bill 434
This bill links the recalculation of a Group I retiree’s annuity to his or her full retirement age under the federal Social Security system. 
Related: NHRS Bill Brief on SB 434

2021 Retained Bills

House Bill 536
This bill eliminates the retirement system offset for workers' compensation benefits applicable to Group I accidental death benefit annuities. Note: This bill also establishes a death benefit, funded by the state, for a municipal or state public works employee killed in the line of duty. 

* - House Bill 619
This bill designates police and fire dispatchers as Group II members of the retirement system. 
Related: NHRS Bill Brief on HB 619

# - Senate Bill 153
This bill establishes a disability retirement benefit and a medical insurance benefit for a group II police or fire member who is violently injured in performance of duties.