House Bill 1661
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Legislator salary and retirement health benefits. Beginning in 2007, provides for an annual increase in legislator salaries based on the salary increases, if any, received by executive branch employees during the previous year. Provides that the legislator salary increase will not occur if the most recent state budget act includes a finding that state finances do not permit the increase to take place. Increases (from ten to 20) the years a former member of the general assembly must have served in order to participate in the state health insurance program, and requires the former member to leave the program when the former member becomes eligible for Medicare. Prohibits legislative leaders from making an election to have the general assembly contribute any part of the health insurance premium for former members of the general assembly whose last day of service is after November 7, 2006. Continues certain elections made by legislative leaders concerning conditions for participation in the state health insurance program, including the payment of 95% of the premium for that coverage by the house of representatives or the senate. Repeals and relocates without change certain provisions concerning eligibility requirements for the spouse of a legislator who dies in office.
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