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Senate Committee to Vote on WRS Retirement Age Bill

By John Forester | February 11, 2020

From WisPolitics.com …

A Senate Committee votes today on a bill that would allow retired state employees to temporarily return to public work without losing their pensions.

But the bill would also raise the state’s minimum retirement age for most public employees from 55 to 59.5.

SB 612 would allow retirees to return to work for up to 36 months while maintaining their pension. The increased retirement age would only affect workers under 40 years old at the time of the bill’s signing.

Current law prohibits retirees from working full-time for a Wisconsin Retirement System occupation while maintaining their pension. They can still work part-time in many circumstances.

AFSCME International Union, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, WiRSA, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials, Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators, Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services, Wisconsin Education Association Council and Wisconsin Retired Educators Association are all opposed to the bill.

Washington County and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards are the only two organizations registered in favor.

SAA testimony opposing SB 612.

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