The 2020 Regular Session adjourned Sine Die on April 15, establishing contribution rates effective July 1, 2020. Please note that the General Assembly would typically approve a State Executive Branch budget for the two-year period beginning on July 1, 2020 and extending through June 30, 2022 (fiscal years 2021 and 2022). However, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the legislature only proposed a one-year budget. A budget for fiscal year 2022, establishing contribution rates effective July 1, 2021, will have to be introduced in a later Session.
Governor's Executive Orders
On March 31, 2020, Governor Beshear issued
Executive Order 2020-265
suspending statutes and regulations restricting participating employers from reemploying retired members in the specific positions identified in the order. On April 2, 2020, Governor Beshear issued
Executive Order 2020-266
, expanding the scope of positions covered to include all positions under city, county, and state government that are necessary to address the State of Emergency.
Please note that Executive Order 2020-265
only applies to members who were retired
as of the March 31, 2020 Order. Executive Order 2020-266 specifically noted that all previous Executive Orders were to remain in full force and effect. Thus, a member must have an effective retirement date of March 1, 2020 or before at KRS in order to be subject to the Executive Orders.
The 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly convened on January 7, 2020. During legislative sessions, KRS tracks proposed legislation of importance to the Systems and its members as the legislation moves through the process. The legislative session analysis is now available.
During the 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly, Senate Bill (Senate Bill) 249 was passed. Because the bill had an Emergency clause it took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature on April 8, 2020. KRS notified quasi-governmental employers of some significant changes SB 249 has on ceasing participation in KERS. SB 249 changes the following:
- Extends the effective cessation date for quasi-governmental employers from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
- Extends installment payment start date from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021.
- Extends the lump sum payment deadline for ceasing quasi-governmental employers from June 30, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
- Extends the window for quasi-governmental employers to submit a resolution to cease participation from April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, EXCEPT universities and community colleges which only have through December 31, 2020.
- Extends the deadline to rescind a previously submitted resolution to cease participation to April 30, 2021, EXCEPT for ceasing universities and community colleges which only have to December 31, 2020 to rescind a resolution to cease participation.
- Freezes the CERS employer rate phase-in for one year.
KRS is currently working to amend its regulations to be consistent with the changes made in SB 249.
2019 GASB Reports are available.