On April 1, 2020, House Bill HB20-1044 was signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. FPPA believes that the changes enacted by this legislation will mean greater retirement security for our state’s first responders, and a stable future for FPPA as an organization.
This bill delivers benefit security for our members in a number of ways, including:
- Increasing employer contributions over time to match those paid by members
- Implementing a Rule of 80, allowing Colorado’s longest serving firefighters and police officers to retire as early as age 50
- Converting all Separate Retirement Accounts (SRAs) into self-directed accounts
- Increasing FPPA Board’s ability to adjust contributions into the Statewide Death & Disability Plan in response to recent upticks in disability claims, and
- Affording FPPA’s Board greater flexibility in managing contributions into Old Hire Plans, allowing them to be managed on more of a case-by-case basis
FPPA’s primary goal through this process has been to enact changes allowing us to better serve our members, providing them with greater financial security in retirement. We feel this goal has been achieved, and that we’ve taken a big step toward ensuring that Colorado’s first responders are able focus on keeping us safe, rather than their future retirement finances.
Ryan Woodhouse is a Digital Content Specialist for the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado. When not authoring blog posts, Ryan can be found fly fishing in the Colorado high country or shouting at the TV during University of Wisconsin football and basketball games.