H.B. #1139 – 13th Check Bill – was passed by the House without a dissenting vote and referred to the Senate.
The funding for the 13th Check was in the H.B. #1001 – the State Budget Bill. However, when the bill was sent to the Senate the Senate Appropriations Committee deleted the funding for the 13th Check. This action places in jeopardy our members receiving a 13th Check in 2019 and 2020. Due to the fact the Senate amended the budget passed by the House the bill will be referred to a Conference Committee to be resolved. RIPEA’s Lobbyist has been meeting continuously with Legislators to restore the funding of the 13th Check.
The Legislature will adjourn Thursday, April 25 so time is of the essence.
Please see the Legislative Action Alert.