the Hot Sheet
Washington State Retired Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers Association
P.O. Box 13265, Spokane Valley, WA 99213
Joe Dawson, King Co SO
West: Ronnie Johnston, Tukwila, PD
East: Don McCabe, Spokane Co SO
Dawn Morrow, Spokane Co SO
Jim Hill, Spokane Co SO
West Members At Large:
Zbig Kasprzyk, King Co SO; Brent Beden, King Co SO
East Members At Large:
Dennis Hooper, Spokane PD; Doug Partlow, Tukwila PD
Puget Sound Area
1st Tues. of the Month 11:00AM
Johnny’s At Fife Restaurant
5211 20 ST. E.
Fife, WA. 98424
Retired Sheriff Deputies, Employees and Spouses Association
1st Monday of the Month at 11:30AM
10502 E Sprague Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA
WSRDSPOA ANNUAL CONVENTION
September 5-7, 2019
Columbia Sun RV Resort
103907 Wiser Parkway
855-833-3886 or 509-420-4880
Best Western Plus
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Kennewick, WA, 99337
Phone: 509 586-1332
Here we are in the 2019 Legislative Session and once again an attempt has been made on our LEOFF I and now LEOFF II funds.
Thankfully through the efforts of our watchdog organizations and watchful members, the word was spread to contact those writing the legislative bill to express their outrage. This must stop! We have two of the most successful retirement systems in the state. The writing of the bill was stopped. But Wait! There’s more! The session is not over and things can still happen this year. We must be watchful. Those crafty politicians could still try something.
I would like to thank the LEOFF I Coalition, the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, WACOPS, RSPOA, and all those other organizations that stepped up to raise the alarm and who resisted this attempt by the state. Also a special thanks to Andy Wilson, former President of WSRDSPOA and former President and Executive Board Member of the LEOFF I Coalition, for representing WSRDSPOA at the stake holder meetings. I am out of the state presently and Andy stepped forward for our Association. What I don’t understand is the state has used our excess funds in past years to invest through the State Investment Board to increase the funding of other retirement systems. This is a good use of those funds. We should not be held accountable for the lack of other accounts, nor should our funds be used for other budgetary issues. Leave the LEOFF I retirement funds alone.
I’m presently stalled just outside of New Orleans with an equipment repair to our fifth-wheel. Our Traveling Partners, the Rutherfords, will be staying for additional repairs while we continue on the road soon. During my absence we had an installation of new officers. A new Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. While we are sorry to see Tina Waddle, former treasurer, Ralph Waddle, former Vice President, and Stan Reider, former Secretary, leave, we welcome our new officers, Ron Johnston, Vice President West, Dawn Morrow, Secretary and Jim Hill, Treasurer. I’m sure all our former officers and Members at Large will remain active in our Association. Once again! Please stay active and alert to any potential meddling with our LEOFF I and LEOFF 2 Retirement Systems.
Latest Effort to Merge LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2
Bill Dickinson, LEOFF 1 Coalition President
Well, March has been an interesting month. I started out telling the Westside luncheon crowd that there were no new attacks on the LEOFF 1 pension plan so far this session and no sooner said that then the word came out that Senator Van De Wege had proposed a merger of LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2.
The merger effort was a complex one with the primary purpose of saving the State millions of dollars. The first bill presented on the floor intends to transfer some 300 million dollars from the LEOFF 2 surplus and place it into the Benefit Improvement Fund that the State created several years ago but has not followed through with but one money transfer to the fund. This by its self does not affect the LEOFF 1 fund but it does reduce the surplus currently in the LEOFF 2 fund, which then suggests the need to create more funding for the LEOFF 2 pension fund. This is where Senator Van De Wege’s proposal comes in. His merger draft proposed that the State would make no contributions to the LEOFF 2 fund from 2019 through 2023 thereby saving the State 295 million dollars. Then, beginning in 2023 the State would restart making contributions until 2030 when the employee share would be bumped up to 55% and the local employer share would be bumped up to 45% at which time the State would cease completely with their contribution to the LEOFF 2 state retirement fund. The proposed bill also would repeal the Public Safety Enhancement Account and Benefit Improvement Account saving 100 Million dollars from 2019 through 2023 and 50 million dollars per biennium thereafter. As I said, this proposal is a huge money saver for the State by essentially pulling themselves out of the very retirement system they originally instituted.
LEOFF 1 effects: The LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2 funds would be merged into a single large fund. The proposal offers 20,000 dollars to each LEOFF 1 member paid out of the LEOFF 1 fund. The bill would also provide medically necessary dental benefits in the LEOFF 1 medical plan (which would be a benefit increase in some jurisdictions but is already in place in a number of other jurisdictions). LEOFF 1 governance would remain unchanged (SCPP & PFC). A portion of the savings the State receives from not contributing to the LEOFF 2 retirement fund would go for the local employers to help pay medical benefits.
LEOFF 2 effects: as mentioned above, 300 million dollars would be transferred from the LEOFF 2 fund into the Benefit Improvement Account. Rate setting authority would be solely with the LEOFF 2 Board beginning in 2023 and the LEOFF 2 Board is protected for its authority and budget.
So that was the proposed merger concept proposed by Senator Van De Wege and a couple of State staff. A series of stakeholder meetings were scheduled and the LEOFF 1 Coalition (Andy Wilson, Joyce Wilms and myself) were in attendance at each meeting along with representatives from Seattle and Tacoma City retirement organizations, the FOP, Council of Firefighters, WACOPS, Association of Cities, Counties and Fire Commissioners among others. It was soon clear that there were precious few stakeholders who were in favor of this plan. Just prior to the third stakeholder meeting, I received the following message from Senator Van De Wege advising that he was not going to pursue this merger further during this year. I am hoping that this decision was in response not only to the stakeholders, but also to the many emails and phone calls he received from the LEOFF 1 members, LEOFF 2 members and local employers who would all be adversely affected by this merger plan. There were also a great deal of contacts being made with other legislators by Joyce, Andy and Bill asking for support and protection of our retirement plans as well as lobbying from Seattle retirement organizers such as Dick Warbrouck. I believe that all of these efforts were instrumental in Senator Van De Wege’s decision to back away from the proposed merger at this time. I attach the message from Senator Van De Wege below for your perusal.
But before I sign off, I cannot emphasize enough that the current surplus funds in both LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2 funds is money burning a hole in the pockets of our state legislators. There will almost certainly be a special session and we have to watch carefully in case they decide to drop a last minute bill to circumvent our resistance to taking our hard earned retirement funds. I ask all retirees from both LEOFF 1 and LEOFF 2 to stand together to protect our respective retirement systems and be prepared to react promptly if they make yet another run at us.
Dear LEOFF Merger Stakeholders,
This is to let you know that the proposed LEOFF 1 and 2 merger will not be moving forward for the 2019 session. There will be no more stakeholder meetings. The meeting this Friday, March 29th, is cancelled. I would like to thank everyone for the willingness to come together and work on this issue.
While I have been involved in merger proposals and discussions in the past, I have never led the effort. I found all of the parties to be working in a respectful manner which I greatly appreciate. I particularly would like to thank two staff members who worked on this effort. Amanda Cecil and Steve Nelsen are both professional and knowledgeable and have put a lot of work into this legislation. We are all indebted to the work they do and what has been accomplished.
As of now, there are no plans to do any interim work on a merger proposal. This issue has already been studied to the point of exhaustion. I have already conveyed my desire with the stakeholder groups about coming together. I am concerned that merger could easily happen and no stakeholder groups will see any benefits and be stuck with a costly court battle. I do not see myself working directly on merger in the future and wish all of you the best of luck.
Kevin Van De Wege
State Senator 24th LD
I talked with Representative Morgan Irwin about this bill, as there are always concerns when we see the legislature coming up with a bill that affects our LEOFF retirement system. This bill is actually trying to help enhance our LEOFF 2 system. What this bill is striving to accomplish is to set up a secondary fund within LEOFF 2. This “benefits improvement fund” could then be used to work on improvements to LEOFF 2. The idea is to move 300 million dollars from the LEOFF 2 surplus into the “benefits improvement fund”. According to Representative Irwin our LEOFF 2 fund currently stands at 109% funded. Moving 300 million dollars to the “benefits improvement fund” would take this down to 106%. The “benefits improvement fund” will remain within LEOFF 2 and will be managed by the LEOFF 2 Board, which currently manages our LEOFF 2 retirement fund. You can find the wording of the full bill on the web, please check it out. It has wide support from both firefighter and police associations.
This article was reprinted from Military.com
The Department of Veterans Affairs will not appeal a January court ruling that ordered it to provide health care and disability benefits for 90,000 veterans who served on Navy ships during the Vietnam War, likely paving the way for “Blue Water Navy” sailors and Marines to receive Agent Orange-related compensation and VA-paid health care benefits.VA Secretary Robert Wilkie told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday that he will recommend the Justice Department not fight the decision, handing a victory to ill former service members who fought for years to have their diseases recognized as related to exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange. Last year, the House unanimously passed a bill, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, to provide benefits to affected service members. But Wilkie objected, saying the science does not prove that they were exposed to Agent Orange. Veterans and their advocates had argued that the ships’ distilling systems used Agent Orange-tainted seawater, exposing sailors on board to concentrated levels of dioxin. However, the bill failed in the Senate when two Republicans, Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming and Mike Lee of Utah, said they wanted to wait for a vote pending the outcome of a current study on Agent Orange exposure. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in January ruled that a Vietnam veteran, 73-year-old Alfred Procopio, and other Blue Water Navy veterans qualified for benefits currently given to service members stationed on the ground in Vietnam or who served on inland waterways and have diseases associated with Agent Orange.
2019 LEOFF I & LEOFF 2 COLAs
Here is the news you all have been waiting for, our 2019 LEOFF COLAs.
Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) have been set for 2019. LEOFF Plan 1 COLAs will take effect April 1 and will be reflected in end-of-April benefit payments. COLAs for all other plans will take effect July 1 and will be reflected in end-of-July benefit payments.
The tables below show the 2019 COLA percentages based on your retirement date and plan.
Most COLAs are based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for the greater Seattle area.
LEOSA / HR218 SHOOTS
April 25th, 2019
Cascade Shooting Facilities
26520 292 AVE SE Ravensdale, WA
There is no fee for this event.
We will be holding a LEOSA / HR218 qualification
from 0900 – 1300. We will have Range “E” Bay 5 reserved for the qualification.
Please bring eye protection, ear protection and plenty of ammunition for the qualification.
The qualification course is 25 rounds.
For Range Safety, Shooters must use a belt mounted, strong side holster, designed for their weapon.
No Shoulder or Cross Draw Holsters Allowed
NEW REQUIREMENT: Please bring your retired Law Enforcement identification card or letter of retirement.
If you have any questions contact Zbig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-818-7476.
HR218 Firearms Qualification /
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act
10:00 AM Saturday, May 04, 2019
Chehalis Police Department Range
The LEASW invites you to join us for an 8:00 am no-host breakfast on Saturday, May 04, 2019 at the Denny’s Restaurant off Exit 76/Hwy I-5 in Chehalis, WA (east side of I-5).
FEES: $40.00 for all qualified participants. You may qualify with two guns, ONE REVOLVER and ONE Automatic, at no extra costs. No need to do two revolvers or two automatics.
Registration and Payment Deadline: Friday April 26, 2019 to allow us time to prepare certification cards so they will be ready for you on the day of the shoot.
REQUEST REGISTRATION DOCUMENT from Carol Hurley: (360) 985-0748 / email@example.com.
NOTE: Please send checks made payable to “LEASW” along with your completed registration form to: LEASW, P.O. Box 1015, Centralia, WA 98531.
Questions??? Contact LEASW HR218 Coordinator Tracy Wiese at 360-269-9181 / firstname.lastname@example.org