House committee votes to patch its 2011 reform meant to end abuses in ex-Gov. Locke’s 2001 ‘retire-rehire’ law
A House budget committee gave its unanimous blessings Tuesday to a bill that cleans up small errors in a Washington state pension reform bill passed in 2011. The original reform, House Bill 1981, had reined in abuses of a so-called “retire-rehire” law that was intended by then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2001 to retain key school personnel who were near retirement age.
The Locke-era bill had let them collect retirement benefits after returning to the job.
The sweeping reform bill passed two years ago was meant to end abuses of the early-retirement option. But it had drafting errors that kept some …