Under the state board of directors there is the office of “Director of Legislation” who chairs a committee of four other committee members.
Current members are:
Randall Cheek, Director
Jerry Bowles, Committee Member
Bill Fawx, Committee Member
Rita Ferm, Committee Member
Gary Harm, Committee Member
Mary Helvie, Committee Member
Eric Thomson, Committee Member
Along with the committee we are assisted by Aaron Reed and Pat Moran from the offices of Aaron Reed Associates’ Our legislative advocates monitors legislation that would affect public retirees in anyway.
The committee produces a list of bills to be tracked along with positions and make this list available on the State RPEA web site.
The legislation tracked is of the State of California and Federal Government as it proceeds through the adoption process. The committee also tracks any Ballot Initiatives introduced that may affect our members.
From the Bylaws of RPEA
The Director of Legislation shall:
Collect, research and disseminate relevant information about State and Federal legislation to the Board and the Chapters;
Coordinate legislative activities and make recommendations to the Board relative to legislative priorities;
Serve as Chair of the General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee considering resolutions pertaining to legislative matters; and
Chair the Legislative Committee
From the RPEA – Policy File
D.6.0 Legislative Committee
1. The committee shall be comprised of State, Classified School and Public Agency members and shall recommend a position to the Board on State and Federal Legislation affecting the Association and/or the membership.
2. The goal of the committee is to protect current benefits and to support the improvement of retirement pension and health benefits for retirees and employees of the State, Classified Schools and Public Agencies contracting with CalPERS.
3. The committee shall work with the Legislative Advocate on Legislative bills and CalPERS matters in support and furtherance of the Association goals and objectives.
4. The committee and the Legislative Advocate shall keep the President and Board apprised of the impact of pending State and Federal Legislation or CalPERS matters deemed favorable or detrimental to the best interest of the Association membership and annuitants.
5. The committee shall implement procedural guidelines, established by the Board, for evaluating candidates for the CalPERS Board of Administration and make recommendations to the Board.
Chapter 009, Surf City Santa Cruz Chapter Legislative Chairperson:
Jerry Bowles, Chairperson