Boehnke chairs first Select Committee on Pension Policy

Since being appointed chair, Sen. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, chaired his first Select Committee on Pension Policy on May 21 at the John L. O’Brien Bldg. in Olympia, Wash.

During the meeting, committee members elected officers and received an update on the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters (LEOFF) plan 2. The Office of State Actuary (OSA) provided a presentation on their operations and major OSA projects in 2024. The meeting concluded with a presentation on the ongoing Cost of Living Adjustment study, followed by public comment.

“I am honored to be elected by my peers to lead this important committee. I look forward to leading the committee on discussions crucial for our public servants’ financial well-being.  I am committed to reviewing and recommending policies that will strengthen the retirement systems for our first responders who are in law enforcement and firefighters, as well as, other public employees who serve our great state,” Boehnke said.

The SCPP comprises 20 members, including members of the legislature, members appointed by the Governor, and the Directors of the Department of Retirement Systems and the Office of Financial Management. The Committee typically meets during the interim between legislative sessions; however, special meetings may be scheduled. At a high level, the work of the SCPP includes studying issues and policies affecting the state’s public employee retirement systems and making recommendations to the Legislature regarding changes.

Sen. Boehnke chairs the committee with Senator Steve Conway, D-Tacoma. The next SCPP is scheduled for June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the House Hearing Room A at the Washington State Capital, Olympia.

To learn more about SCPP, click here or visit the Pension Education and Overview page.