Legislation


This is where you’ll find our coverage and commentary on legislative proposals pending in Congress, along with regulatory issues that affect actuaries and the retirement industry as a whole.


 

Legislation

Legislation

By ASPPA Net Staff3/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Even as the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule nears, the GOP is gearing up to undermine the funding for its implementation. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/10/2016 • 0 Comments

The Obama administration’s final budget wasn’t a complete retread of its prior retirement plan proposals, but there wasn’t much good news for employer-sponsored retirement plans. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/9/2016 • 0 Comments

Though specific policy details remain elusive on many key issues in the 2016 presidential campaign, the tax reform proposal of a leading candidate could undermine the 401(k). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/8/2016 • 0 Comments

Wrapping up a first week of February with action on legislation designed to block, slow or thwart the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule, the U.S. Senate finally got into the act with two pieces of legislation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/4/2016 • 0 Comments

For the second time in a week, an important committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that could undermine the Labor Department’s proposed fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking2/3/2016 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) moves forward with its new fiduciary standard, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are working on legislation to address concerns that the final DOL proposal will harm access to retirement savings advice. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

Not quite two years ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) should be opened to private sector workers; now legislation is before the U.S. Senate that would take a step in that direction. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/21/2016 • 0 Comments

Small businesses in the Garden State will soon be able to use a virtual marketplace to choose a private retirement plan; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has signed into law a measure establishing that marketplace. READ MORE

By ASPPA , ASPPA Net Staff1/21/2016 • 0 Comments

Ex-presidents will share in the experience of pension caps if the U.S. House of Representatives has its way. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/7/2016 • 0 Comments

The Nutmeg State has taken another step toward the creation of a state-run retirement program for private sector workers with the release of a lengthy report detailing the potential elements of such a program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Just before Christmas, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2029, a massive year-end spending and tax bill containing a number of provisions affecting health and retirement plans. Here’s what you may have missed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week introduced legislation that they say will “ensure retirement advisors serve their clients’ best interests and preserve access to quality financial planning” and would also require Congress' approval of the final fiduciary rule from the Labor Department. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Those hoping that the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule would be derailed in congressional budget negotiations found coal in their pre-Christmas stockings instead. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The House and Senate have passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 16; whether budget legislation ultimately will include provisions affecting the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule remains uncertain.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Some may consider it a bundle of coal, and others a vision of sugarplums, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers now says that their legislative proposal to ensure retirement advisors protect clients’ best interests could be introduced before the holiday break. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The federal budget bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill this week could become the battleship that eventually sinks the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

A congressional subcommittee hearing Dec. 2 gave voice to the conflicting perspectives on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary proposal, though it seems unlikely that anyone’s perspective was changed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would amend the rules for church plans in a variety of ways is now before both chambers of Congress.
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By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Obama Administration recently unveiled its myRA program, a federal effort to encourage retirement savings and provide an easy, low-impact way for those who do not participate in a retirement plan to set something aside; Chris Carosa discusses arguments pro and con. READ MORE

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