August 2021
Missed the Online Registration Deadline for the Summer Educational Forum? Register in Person!
There's no need to worry if you missed the Aug. 16 online registration deadline for this year's TEXPERS Summer Educational Forum. You can still sign up for the three-day professional development event in person at the venue.

TEXPERS is heading to San Antonio Aug. 29-31 for its 2021 Summer Educational Forum. This year's theme is Back to the Future.

"Back to the Future is a fitting theme for our forum," says TEXPERS Executive Director Art Alfaro. "We hosted a successful conference in May that acknowledged our return to in-person gatherings since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Our state has gotten back to business, and our members are looking to get an idea of what the future holds for a post-pandemic society economically and concerning the management of public employee pensions."  

This year's event is taking place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, located at 600 E. Market St.

The event provides our system members the opportunity to earn state-mandated continuing education credits while developing their pension management skills and to network with industry experts and colleagues.
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Texas & National Capital Update
Texas' Governor Has Sets a Special Election Date Over Eight Constitutional Amendments
Amendments including banning the state from limiting religious services and changing eligibility requirements for judges are among eight constitutional amendments voters will see on the ballot of a special election set for Nov. 2 by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 

On Aug. 13, Gov. Abbott's executive clerk filed the governor's proclamation calling for the special election with the secretary of state. The governor's office issued an Aug. 16 news release announcing the special election set for Nov. 2.

As required by the state Constitution, two-thirds of the members of the Texas House and Senate had to approve the amendments before they could present the proposals to voters. 

To read the proposed amendments, click here to read the governor's proclamation. 

In other legislative news ...

Chuck Campbell and Alyca Garrison, of Jackson Walker LLP, provided an overview of the 87th Legislative Session for Texas Public Pension Plans. Their slide presentation, available here, covers:

  • changes to PRB investment practices reporting and funding policy
  • changes to Funding Soundness Restoration Plan provisions
  • Pension-reform bills impacting specific retirement systems
  • expansion to Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • public safety bills that could impact pensions
  • open meetings, public information, etc.
  • special session

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State & Global Headlines
TEXPERS staff and members of its board of directors frequently monitor sites of national news media, pension industry organizations, state and US political figures, research institutions, professional development experts, thought leaders, and of our investment/money management experts. Listed below are links to various news sites, blogs, research papers, newsletters and whitepapers and briefs that you may find insightful.
Public Pension Plans

Retirement

Economics & Investments

Opinions

Management

Public Employees

*Some links to sites may require registration to access articles.
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The Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) is a statewide voluntary nonprofit association that provides education and legislative advisory services to the trustees, administrators, professional service providers and employee groups that manage the retirement money of police, firefighters, municipal and district employees in cities across Texas.