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February 14, 2019

   
 
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BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance:  Chaplain Monty Montgomery

Welcomed New and First Time Members

Minutes of Previous Meeting:
- Motion by Nelson Zoch, 2nd by Calvin Arms to approve the January Minutes as printed.  Voice Vote. Motion Carried.

President – Steve Rayne
- HPROA By-Laws requires an annual financial review, which will be done in 
February and reported to the membership in March.
- HPROA gained 101 new members in 2018 and 150 new members in 2017.  However we have difficulty maintaining the goal of 1,800 members due to members’ deaths or failing to renew memberships in a timely manner.  We have an average of 107 at the monthly meetings.  
- Beginning February 1, 2019 Retirees may only qualify at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday at the outdoor pistol range after filling out and sending in the qualification form that is on the HPROA website. Detailed information is on the HPROA website and may be accessed by going to the left side of the screen, clicking on “Firearms Carry Renewal” which will take you to the HPOU website.  Scroll down the HPOU website to “Handgun and Retired ID Renewal”, print the form and fill it out then mail it to the address on the form.  Range personnel will contact you when you have been approved to shoot.  It is advisable to call either Officer Cromwell or Officer Marshall at 832-394-2505 before going to the range as procedures can and do often change.
- HPD Chief Acevedo:
- Instituted an Educational Based Disciplinary course.  Officers taking the course may have up to a five (5) day disciplinary action removed. 
- Instituted a zero tolerance for any and all DWI arrest.
- Estimates hiring 120 officers over the estimated attrition rate in 2019.
- Issuing body cameras to all officers working night club extra jobs.  
- HPD is in the process of building a Tactical Village at the outdoor range scheduled for completion in December 2019.
- Active Officers must qualify at the HPD Range 4 times a year wearing their vest.

Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
-   Anyone purchasing the TMPA “Police Officers’ Legal Defense Fund Plan” should check the HPROA website link “Members Legal Defense” in order to see added information.  The phone number to call, what is covered, and other information have been updated.  The Legal Plan is for completely retired officers and is a great deal for only $40 per year.  Retirees who are certified reserve officers are not eligible for this plan and should contact TMPA directly for coverage.  
- HPOPS Update:
- Fiscal year-to-date retirements (July 1, 2018 to present) are at 87.  There were 155 at this time last year.  
- To date this calendar year (January 1, 2019 to present) there has been 21 retirements.
- The fund’s market value is at $5.4 billion, up from the last two-week reporting period.  
- Windfall Elimination Proposal:
- Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) has filed House Resolution 141 the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019.  On January 31, 2019 the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.  
- There are 100 co-sponsors thus far, with the number expected to increase, with bipartisan support.  There are four (4) Texas Representatives who are cosponsors: Vicente Gonzalez, Michael Burgess, Louie Gohmert and Lance Gooden.  It is suggested members call their Congressman urging them to cosponsor.  
- Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB):
- Segal Consulting presented an OPEB report to the City of Houston Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.
- Some proposed changes include:
- The City of Houston’s Medicare “Supplement Plan” subsidy is proposed to be changed to the average Dollar Medicare “Advantage Plan” subsidy.
- No spouse or dependent subsidy for anyone with less than 15 years of service, or under age 40.
- All subsidies limited to 4% growth for all employees and retirees.
- No post-65 Medicare coverage for new hires beginning in 2020.
- Kivela stressed that at this time these are simply proposals, and they can change.
- The HPROA is strongly opposed to these proposals.
- Meetings will be held with City officials expressing our concerns.
- Please check the HPROA Website or Retired Badge for Kivela’s introductory message.  He may be contacted by email, cell phone (see directory), LinkedIn, or Twitter with feedback, suggestions, criticism, or to let us know how we are doing.  

Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
- $230,330 in the bank.  

Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
- Paper has been mailed.  Please submit articles before March 20th.
- HPOU is holding a benefit for Officers John Daily and Alonzo Reid who were severely injured in a car crash.  The benefit will be March 15th from 11am-2pm at the HPOU building.  

Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
- 1,726 members as of February 12th.  
- 7 members were reinstated and all 14 dropped members have been contacted by email. 
- The Board approved 23 new members.  1 associate member application approved.  Social Media information was responsible for several of the new members joining.
- The Membership Committee has contacted retired non-members by mail, email or phone.
- Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.

Website Committee – Jim Ashby
- 16,982 visits to the website last month.
- Retired Badge will be on the website as well as printed and mailed.  
- Microsoft, IBM, IRS, etc. will not call on the telephone.  Hang up on these scammers.  Call Jim with any questions or help.
- Contact Jim if you know anyone who would like to place an advertisement on the HPROA Website.  It is only $20 per month.
- Contact Jim if you need the User Name and Password to the HPROA Membership Directory Website.  

Family Assistance Committee – Forrest Turbeville and Nelson Foehner
- Please contact members of the FAC with any needs or concerns:
Nelson Foehner (281) 351-4669 Ray Smith    (281) 731-1588
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Pat Kainer    (281) 642-6645
Ron Headley      (713) 253-5749 Mattie Provost  (832) 653-4921
- Friends we lost in January were Michael J. Svoboda, Elayne Mahrer and James H. Lynn.  David Alexander Johnson, brother-in-law of Joslyn Johnson also passed away.
 Our condolences to the families.

Entertainment Committee – Rosalie Potell
- The HPROA’s 25th Anniversary Reunion will be in Houston at the HPD Academy on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The cost of the meal is $10 per person.  Please don’t forget items for the silent auction.  The silent auctions are the only fund raising activity for the HPROA.  We need 6-8 people to help decorate the tables on Friday, April 26th at 4:00 pm.
- The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 5, 2019.

PAC– Bob Barnard
- Received $3,000 in contributions.  
- Paid $200 in administrative expenses.
- $750 in cancelled checks was added back to the account.
- Political contributions cannot be made while Legislators are in session.  
- Total PAC Fund Assets are $73,322.58.

Legislative Committee – Bill Elkin
- Since the last report the new Speaker of the House changed nearly all the Committee Chairmanships.
- It was decided the following Committees would be closely monitored because of their importance:
- ? Pensions, Investments & Financial Services.  Our first priority.
- Calendars because it is the last chance to stop passage of a bad bill.
- Homeland Security and Public Safety hears bills that affect police departments and laws that officers enforce.
- Criminal Jurisprudence hears laws that officers enforce and affect the public                                 
 -                              Homeland Security and Public Safety hears bills that affect police departments and laws that officers enforce.
-     Criminal Jurisprudence hears laws that officers enforce and affect the public.
- Lieutenant Governor Patrick appointed Senator Joan Huffman Chairperson of the State Affairs Committee and Senator John Whitmire as Chairperson of the Criminal Justice Committee.
- Visited the offices of all the Chairmen/Chairwoman of these Committees and the offices of all the members of the committees introducing ourselves and the HPROA to them so that in the future should we return to speak on any issues they would recall our organization and its interest.  
- So far most legislation affecting pensions has been directed toward the State Pension Systems.  
- We found HB 877 by Representative Tom Oliverson that would have some effect on Houston’s Pensions Systems.  This bill would eliminate the 3rd year report of risk sharing valuation that they say is too costly.  HPOPS feels this legislation is not required.
- HB 1552 by Representative Dennis Paul would make changes to the State Law allowing Honorably Retired Peace Officers the right to carry a weapon.  We will watch this bill as it has some problems.

Door Prizes:  
- Floyd Nettles - $25
- James Kennedy - $25
- Dennis Slate - $25
- Billy Flowers - $25

124 Members in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 11:45 am.

Sue Gaines
Board Secretary


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