It’s a rare occurrence when the entire Maryland Senate joins together to sponsor a piece of legislation, just that happened however with Senate Bill 193. Citing an outcry from countless state retirees over the changes put in place by 2011 pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 193 would keep in place the long-utilized state retiree pension plan instead of moving state retirees to Medicare Part D.
Senate President Pro Tempore Katherine Klausmeier serves as the lead sponsor on this legislation in the Senate and will join District 8 counterpart and House Health and Government Operations Committee Vice Chairman Eric Bromwell, who serves as lead sponsor in the House of Delegates, as those charged with working to shepherd the legislation forward.
“I heard from many constituents about the state retiree prescription drug program changes,” said Klausmeier. “Because of the advocacy of those constituents, I have officially filed legislation that would reinstate prescription drug coverage for state retirees! I’m looking forward to working with my Senate colleagues to restore benefits for these hard-working employees.”
Senate Bill 193 was read across the desk on January 23, 2019 and has been assigned to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee where it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Its companion legislation (House Bill 98) has been filed and was subsequently assigned to the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week.