MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed (R-Jasper) and Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville) commended their colleagues in the Alabama Senate for spearheading two bills that will give lump-sum bonuses to retired state employees and teachers. Both bills have received final passage and have been sent to the governor for her signature.

“We are proud to be able to deliver these one-time bonuses for Alabama’s retired teachers and state employees,” said Reed. “The Senate’s commonsense, conservative fiscal approach has made these bonuses possible, and I’m grateful for the hard work of my colleagues in getting this important relief for retirees over the finish line on a bipartisan basis. I commend Leader Singleton and Chairman Albritton for their leadership on this legislation. As all Alabamians battle the soaring cost of inflation, we will continue to work to put more money back in the pockets of hardworking families, retirees, and small businesses across our state.”

SB 111, sponsored by Senator Greg Albritton (R-Range), received final passage this week and grants beneficiaries of the Employees’ Retirement System a longevity bonus of $2 per month for each year of service attained by the retiree.

SB 30, sponsored by Senator Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), grants beneficiaries of the Teachers’ Retirement System the same.

“The challenges brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic and record-high inflation rates have created several hardships for many Alabamians, especially those individuals who are living on fixed incomes,” said Scofield. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate pushed these important efforts to provide timely relief and support to those who are struggling to make ends meet.”