“…what comes to mind, also, is how much the level of legislative activity has increased. Back in ’67, the number of retirement-related legislative proposals was minimal. Today, the legislative process seems to be ongoing. And, as you may recall, the Legislature met only every two years, not every year.”
─Harry Descoteau, NHRS Executive Director, 1992
Mr. Descoteau was right, legislative activity had grown substantially since the retirement system’s inception in 1967. Today, the legislative season (January through June) is one of our busiest times of the year.
With the exception of the 2015 legislative session, when no changes were enacted, the past decade has seen a significant amount of legislative activity. More than 90 legislative changes have been made to the statute since 2007. Some of these changes had a broad impact, while others were much more limited in scope. Click here for a summary: https://www.nhrs.org/about-nhrs/legislative-updates/changes-2007-16
Here’s a look at the NHRS Statutory Provisions from 1967 compared to the latest Statutory Provisions from 2016—quite a difference!