Industry & Regulatory NewsSenate Finance Releases Its Version of SECURE 2.0
The Senate Finance Committee has released an outline of its version of proposed retirement reform on the heels of passage of the Rise & Shine Act out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) committee last week. A summary of the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act released by the committee provides a brief description of each provision.
Industry & Regulatory NewsAuto-Portability Legislation Introduced
Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced the Advancing Auto Portability Act of 2022, aimed at reducing retirement “leakage” by allowing for automatic rollovers of certain accounts to follow workers to another employer plan.
Industry & Regulatory NewsStarter-K Companion Legislation Introduced in House
Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced the Starter-K Act, legislation intending to expand access to retirement savings for more Americans. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tom Carper (D-DE).
Industry & Regulatory NewsRISE & SHINE Act Approved by Committee
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee unanimously passed out of committee S.4353 the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement to Supplemental Healthy Investments for the Nest Egg (RISE & SHINE) Act (previously announced), with two amendments.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSenate HELP Committee Retirement Bill Introduced
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), chair and ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee respectively, have introduced the Retirement Improvement and Savings Enhancement to Supplemental Healthy Investments for the Nest Egg (RISE & SHINE) Act, the Senate HELP committee’s latest version of compiled retirement provisions. While the provisions included in this version of the bill remain substantially similar to the discussion draft version previously announced, some technical details have been changed or removed from select provisions.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSenators Announce Cryptocurrency Bill
Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced the “Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act,” set to be introduced in the Senate. The Senators describe the bill in an accompanying press release as a “complete regulatory framework for digital assets.” Included within the many provisions of the bill is a requirement for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study and provide a report to Congress and the Secretaries of Treasury and Labor on benefits, risks, and barriers to retirement investing in digital assets.
Industry & Regulatory NewsFinancial Freedom Act Proposed in House
Representative Byron Donalds (R-FL) and several Republican co-sponsors have introduced HR 7860, the Financial Freedom Act of 2022. This is companion legislation to S 4147 introduced earlier this month by Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). The proposal would prohibit the Department of Labor (DOL) from restricting the types of investments that plan participants can choose through participant directed accounts and self-directed brokerage accounts. The bills are in response to regulatory guidance released by the DOL and announced in March.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSenate HELP Committee Releases Retirement Bill Discussion Draft
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC)—chair and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee respectively—have released a discussion draft of compiled retirement provisions from several bills into the Senate’s latest version of what has been coined SECURE Act 2.0. The RISE & SHINE Act shares some similarities to, and builds upon the Securing a Strong Retirement Act bill that passed the House in March.
Industry & Regulatory NewsEmergency Savings Proposal Introduced
Senators Todd Young (R-IN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have introduced the Emergency Savings Act of 2022. The proposal would allow “pension-linked” savings accounts for participants of up to $2,500 (subject to cost-of-living adjustments) to be used for unexpected expenses. The accounts would be treated in the same manner as after-tax contributions, and plan sponsors could automatically enroll a participant with a compensation deferral percentage not to exceed three percent. The account can be invested as cash, in an interest-bearing deposit account, or an investment product designed to preserve principal and provide a reasonable rate of return—and is not subject to any unreasonable fees, restrictions, expenses or charges in connection with the account or withdrawals.
Industry & Regulatory NewsSenate Proposes Proxy Vote Changes for Index Funds
Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), along with co-sponsors Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have introduced S. 4241 the “Investor Democracy is Expected Act” or INDEX Act. The bill would require investment advisors of passively managed funds to vote proxies in accordance with the instructions of fund investors – not at the discretion of the adviser. The adviser would be responsible for passing through the proxies, collecting the instructions, and voting according to the investors’ wishes. With the exception of routine matters, the investment advisor cannot vote on the proportion of shares for which voting instructions were not received. The proposal provides for a safe harbor whereby investment advisors would not be in violation of duties by choosing not to solicit voting instructions or voting the particular proxy.