State Legislation

General Information:


  • Successfully passed in this session is increasing the number of hours one retiring from a public sector job in MA and returning to a public sector job in MA. Those hours have been increased from 960 hours to 1200 hours. This is calculated on a calendar year not a contract year.

  • S.1765 An act relative to the Cost-of-Living adjustment (COLA) for public retirees. It increases the base from $13,000 to $14,000 in fiscal year 2022, $15,000 in fiscal year 2023 and $16,000 in fiscal year 2024. Senator Marc Pacheco is the lead sponsor and can be reached at 617-722-1551, in Room 312B, and online at marc.pacheco@masenate.gov

  • H2549 An act relative to the Cost-of-Living adjustment (COLA) for public retirees. It increases the base from $13,000 to $16,000 and base the percentage on the Consumer Price Index or 3% whichever is greater. This bill is sponsored by Rep James Arciero. Who may be reached at 617-722-2012, in Room 277 and online at james.arciero@mahouse.gov

  • H2766 An Act relative to veteran retirement benefits. Any member of the retirement system who retired prior to July 24,1996 who is a veteran shall be entitled to credit for active service in the Armed Forces of the United States. $1800 would be the average increase to their pension. Rep. Robertson may be reached at 617-722-2210, in Room 473F and online at David.robertson@mahouse.gov

  • S2425 and S2426 An Act Relative to Retirement Benefits for Veterans. These two similar bills were filed by Senator Bruce Tarr. The benefit is similar to H2766. Senator Tarr can be reached at 617-722-1600, in Room 308 and online at Bruce.Tarr@masenate.gov

  • H2659 An Act Relative to certain Option B/ Option C retirees. Would increase by 4% for those who took Option B and 12% for those who took Option C allowances and retired prior to Julty 2004. This increase is based on the amount of the pension at the time one retires minus any future COLAs. This bill is filed by Rep. Thomas Golden who may be reached at 617-722-2263 in Room 473B and online at Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov

  • H2881 An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Code. The estate tax exclusion amount for MA residents would be increased to $2,750,000 and adjusted annually for inflation. One's primary residence if in MA is also excluded. This bill is filed by Shawn Dooley who can be reached at 617-722-2263 in Room 473B and online Shawn.Dooley@mahouse.gov

  • S1847 An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Estate Tax Code would increase the Estate Tax Exclusion to 1 million forty thousand dollars. This bill was filed by Senator Diana DiZoglio who can be reached at 617-722-1604 in Room 416B and online at Fiana.DiZoglio@masenate.gov