And hope. In checking around I've learned that the first thing that happens in a Special Session of the Legislature is a review of all bills vetoed by the Governor in the previous regular session. This means that SB 897 - the PERS "clean up your act" bill - will get reviewed again in the special session in January/February. This makes it imperative that we contact each of our own legislators (first in the Senate, then in House) and urge them to hold firm in their original votes to pass this bill. If we can retain all the votes SB 897 got during the regular session (100% of those voting in both bodies), the Governor's veto can be overturned. As soon as Labor Day passes and the silly season begins (always the day after Labor Day), you can consider writing a letter urging continued support for SB 897. This bill is common sense. It calls for PERS to take some responsibility for its estimates and actually work to assure members and retirees that they have ACCURATE information upon which to make a life-altering decision. This bill's statutes would not take effect until 2011, which gives PERS plenty of time to develop the QA mechanisms required for accuracy. We cannot tolerate the "eets not my job mon" attitude of PERS any longer. Customer service and honest representation of your trustees should not be that big a headache.
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