LAGERS Pre-Files Expansion of Public Safety Option Bill

LAGERS Pre-Files Expansion of Public Safety Option Bill

Jefferson City – LAGERS has pre-filed legislation for the upcoming 2022 session of the Missouri General Assembly to expand the availability of LAGERS’ public safety classification option to all employers.  The option is currently only available to employers in third class counties.

The public safety classification option allows employers the local option to classify their emergency telecommunicators, jailors, and EMS employees, which are normally considered General employees in LAGERS, as “public safety” personnel.  This enables these employees to retire with full LAGERS benefits at age 55 rather than age 60. LAGERS believes this provision should be available to all employers, regardless of county classification, and that expanding this provision to all LAGERS employers will help them continue to attract and retain the best employees to serve their communities.

The following three bills have been pre-filed with this language:

Senator Crawford, SB 655

Senator Riddle, SB 634

Representative Pike, HB 1473

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