80R13603 CL-D
  By: McClendon, Truitt, Dukes, Hardcastle, H.C.R. No. 187
      Giddings, et al.
       WHEREAS, Established in 1947 and safeguarded under Section
67, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, the Employees Retirement
System of Texas (ERS) provides retirement benefits for state
employees, elected state officials, and members of the judiciary
and administers service to approximately 500,000 public employees
and retirees from about 134 state agencies, 103 higher education
institutions, and 121 counties; and
       WHEREAS, In 1999, the 76th Texas Legislature provided for a
supplemental retirement annuity for retired state employees in the
form of a 13th check, and the next year ERS announced that it would
issue this lump sum check to state employees who were retired on or
before August 31, 2000; despite this assurance, retirees are still
waiting to receive the promised benefit; and
       WHEREAS, Current law permits the ERS board of trustees to
adopt benefit enhancements if budget projections indicate that the
ERS fund can pay all retirement benefits due current beneficiaries
in less than 31 years; data suggests that the system's amortization
period will remain under 31 years if ERS funding proposed by the
General Appropriations Act, House Bill 1, 80th Texas Legislature,
Regular Session, 2007, is maintained; and
       WHEREAS, The hardworking employees of the State of Texas
greatly contribute to the state and deserve proper compensation for
their dedication and service to the citizens of Texas; it is
imperative, therefore, that the legislature show its support for
the supplemental annuity by firmly endorsing the issuing of a 13th
check to retirees no later than September 2007; now, therefore, be
       RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby express its commitment to the state's retired public
employees and support for the Employees Retirement System of Texas
board of trustees exercising its statutory authority to provide
eligible system beneficiaries with a supplemental annuity in the
form of a 13th check.