Creditable service bill receives favorable report
SB 1631, filed for MTA and AFT Massachusetts by State Senator Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell), received a favorable recommendation from the legislature's Public Service Committee on October 25. The bill permits K-12 educators and higher education faculty to purchase up to three years of creditable service toward retirement for teaching service rendered in non-public schools (K through graduate school).
Now the bill will be reviewed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which is chaired by the bill's sponsor. During the previous legislative session, a similar bill was reported favorably by this committee and later passed the Senate. However, the bill was not considered by the House before the 2005-2006 legislative session concluded.
MTA members need to contact their own state senators and request that they lobby Sen. Panagiotakos to have his committee report the bill to the full Senate soon for its consideration. This will help us to ensure the bill is referred to the House sooner than it occurred last session. The earlier the bill reaches the House the better its chances will be for eventual passage this session.