NCRGEA is the largest association of retired government employees in the United States and is the primary voice and committed advocate for North Carolina’s retired public servants. Currently, NCRGEA advocates for the following:
Our NCRGEA Legislative agenda is created every biennium and reviewed annually by our Board of Directors and our Government Relations Committee prior to the start of the General Assembly’s long session. Long sessions occur in odd-numbered years and short sessions in subsequent even-numbered years.
Because the lobbying goals of the association trend around similar issues: healthcare, pension sustainability, cost of living adjustments for retirees, among others – our legislative priorities and goals do not often fluctuate in subject, but in subject matter. In more recent years, achieving progress toward our legislative goals has become more complex due to the changing political tides and conflicts that make them increasingly more difficult to accomplish.
NCRGEA has a team of four registered, contracted lobbyists who are always represented at the General Assembly. When in session, we attend House and Senate committees, track bills relevant to our agenda, mission, and strategic goals, and meet with legislators and staff to promote NCRGEA’s agenda. Cultivating relationships with legislators, legislative staff, “sister” groups and government agencies, including the Office of the State Treasurer, are of utmost importance for the lobbying team.
Our lobbying team is also prepared to speak to support or oppose legislation of positive or negative consequence for NCRGEA members.
Our Government Relations team is the lobbying arm of NCRGEA. Our lobbyists team and Government Relations Committee are responsible for carrying out the legislative goals and agenda as created and adopted by the NCRGEA Board of Directors.
The Association is composed of members of our Board of Directors who are appointed by the President. This Committee is responsible for reviewing proposed legislation, recommending legislative goals for the Association to the Executive Committee, and working with representatives of the retirement systems and the General Assembly to improve legislation to retired local and state governmental employees.
July 25, 2023 News & Observer by Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi via web: www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article277504593.html
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