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 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

By ASPPA Net Staff11/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has criticized an effort by a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to address concerns about its proposed fiduciary rule, with a DOL spokesman calling the initiative “puzzling and disappointing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Another bill looking to derail the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal has been introduced in Congress. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The Windy City played host in the first week of November to a gathering focused on developing ideas to address America’s retirement savings challenge — but government-run solutions dominated the conversation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

With concerns about the final Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and its potential impact on low- and middle-income families still percolating on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members has outlined a series of legislative principles to help guide those efforts. READ MORE

By Judy Miller10/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The details of a new budget deal have been released, and Congress has once again gone to the defined benefit pension well to pay for a budget deal. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The sweeping two-year budget package that is swiftly moving through Congress this week collects over $8.1 billion in revenue from America’s defined benefit plans, largely from increases in premium payments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Discussing alternatives to encourage small businesses to offer retirement plans, a Senate subcommittee found consensus around a specific solution. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Oct. 27 that would block the Department of Labor from finalizing its fiduciary proposal until the Securities and Exchange Commission weighs in. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) finalizes new fiduciary regulations, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are considering new legislation to address their concerns with DOL’s proposal. READ MORE

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