Government Relations represents OPERS' interests in dealing with federal, state and local governments. This includes monitoring state and federal legislative issues, as well as advocating for, or against, specific legislative proposals. We work closely with stakeholders representing state and national organizations to accomplish our goals.
Your source for OPERS information. This regular publication for both lawmakers and other stakeholders is yet another tool to help answer the most timely questions of the day.
OPERS has been providing retirement security and peace of mind to millions of Ohio’s retired workers since 1935, but did you know OPERS is also a catalyst to Ohio’s business economy? Learn more about the ways OPERS impact Ohio’s economy and view a list of our top 10 direct and indirect investments in the state of Ohio.Read More
On behalf of the OPERS Board of Trustees and our over 1 million members, thank you for your bipartisan support and passage of House Bill 520. Learn more about how this legislation will help OPERS continue to provide a secure retirement benefit and access to health care coverage for public employees, your members and constituents, well into the foreseeable future.Read More
The OPERS Government Relations team regularly monitors all legislation at the state and federal level. Below are some of the key issues that have an impact to OPERS and our members.
Thank you to Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) and Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) for their collaboration on House Bill 520, which includes a number of provisions sought by OPERS to improve the retirement system for our members. The bill also contains provisions impacting Ohio’s other public retirement systems. Read More
HR 711 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2015. This bill would reform the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) of Social Security. Due to the creation of OPERS prior to Social Security, the vast majority of Ohio's public employees do not contribute to Social Security while working in government positions.Read More
On December 2, 2015, OPERS’ Manager of Pharmacy Benefits and Policy, Brian Lehman, testified before the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee regarding the affordability of prescription drugs. Read more
OPERS has a significant interest in the regulatory process at the federal level. Staff actively comment and participate in the development of federal regulations specifically in health care, investments, and corporate governance.