Jar of money labeled retirementPension Sessions at the 2012 Legislative Summit

Presented Aug. 8 and 9, 2012

The 2012 NCSL Legislative Summit featured four sessions on the challenges facing pension funds. Below are program overviews and copies of all of the handouts and presentations from each program. For more information, contact Luke Martel or Tamara Rivale at NCSL.



Pensions Track - Pension Policy: What the States and the Feds are Up To
The last two years have seen unprecedented state vigor in addressing structural and funding questions of state retirement plans. Get a general overview of this historic activity and a report on possibly the most sweeping changes any state has enacted. The federal government has also begun to weigh in on what historically has been a state preserve. 

Representative Elaine Nekritz
, Illinois

Michael Bird, NCSL  PowerPoint Presentation 

Kil Huh, Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.  PowerPoint Presentation

Senate President M. Teresa Pavia-Weed, Rhode Island  PowerPoint Presentation

Pensions Track - How Much Can States Change Existing Retirement Policy?
A rich heritage of constitutional and statutory guarantees and case law protects employees' interests and limits governments' ability to change public retirement plans provisions for current employees. Hear about the state of the law, the differences among states, and current efforts to push the envelope. 

House Assistant Majority Whip Randy McDanie
l, Oklahoma 

Douglas Greenfield,
Bredhoff & Kaiser P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C.  Handout

Amy Monahan, University of Minnesota  PowerPoint Presentation;  Handout - Amy Monahan

Additional Handout - Eric M. Madiar

Pensions Track - State Responses to the Pension Crisis  Pensions and Intergenerational Equity
How can governments' obligations to their pension systems be spread fairly over the present and future?

Representative Jay R. Kaufman
, Massachusetts

Girard Miller
, Orange County Retirement System, California  PowerPoint Presentation

David Draine,
Pew Center on the States, Washington, D.C.

Studying Retirement
National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices 
National Legislative Program Evaluation Society

Join legislative staff who have worked on studies of retirement plans to discuss process, procedures and findings.

Stephen Klein
, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, Vermont General Assembly

Drew Dickinson,
Virginia General Assembly  PowerPoint Presentation

Tracey Smith, JLARC, Virginia General Assembly  PowerPoint Presentation