On Thursday, November 17, 2011 both the House and the Senate voted in support of the Retirement Security Act. The legislation was signed by Governor Chafee on November 18, 2011. Links to video and details of the vote can be found in the sidebar on the right side of this page.

Final legislation:
H-6319AaaS-1111AaaExecutive Summary (PDF)

Download an Excel spreadsheet file to determine retirement age under the legislation:
For state employees and teachersFor MERS employees
Welcome to the Rhode Island General Assembly’s Pension Reform website. The leadership of the House and Senate has worked closely with General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee on legislation to address Rhode Island’s substantial unfunded public employee pension liability

Many briefings and hearings were held during the two-month long process, and all can be
viewed on this site. This included preliminary meetings and hearings, joint House and Senate Finance Committee hearings which included 29 hours of public testimony and debate on the final bill in both chambers.

The legislation has been enacted and signed into law and this website now serves as a resource to gain more information about the importance of pension reform. If you wish to offer
comments to be forwarded to the General Assembly there is a section on this website as well.

It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to appropriate funds for vital state services and programs relied upon by all residents of the state. Pension reform is critical to ensuring that the resources are there to educate our children, repair our roads, invest in economic development, and ensure a viable safety net for all Rhode Islanders, among other priorities.

In enacting this legislation, we sought to be fair to public employees, while maintaining a system that provides retirement security, is affordable to taxpayers, and is sustainable over the long term.

GORDON D. FOX
Speaker of the House

M. TERESA
PAIVA WEED
President of the Senate

HELIO MELO
House Finance Committee Chairman

DANIEL
DA PONTE
Senate Finance Committee Chairman