The 2019 state legislative sessions are off to an encouraging start with several states already introducing legislation to establish new programs. In 2018, at least 16 states and cities introduced legislation to either establish new programs or form study groups to explore their options and one new program was enacted (New York). Since 2012, at least 43 states have acted to implement a new program, undertake a study of program options or consider legislation to establish state-facilitated retirement savings programs. Today, there are 10 states and 1 city that have enacted new programs for private sector workers.
For access to the most up-to-date, interactive 2019 state map, with detailed tracking of implementation status, legislative action, and summaries of bills introduced at the state and local level, visit State Programs and Legislation (log in required).
11 New Programs
To date, new programs have adopted one of these four models:
There are now 11 retirement savings programs for private sector workers that have been enacted – California (auto-IRA), Connecticut (auto-IRA), Illinois (auto-IRA), Maryland (auto-IRA), Massachusetts (MEP), New Jersey (marketplace), New York (voluntary payroll deduction IRA), Oregon (auto-IRA), Vermont (MEP) and Washington (marketplace) and the city of Seattle (auto-IRA).
Many are taking steps to implement their programs. Oregon has now opened its program to all eligible employers and interested individuals in the state. The Washington State Retirement Marketplace opened for business on March 19, 2018. As of November 2018, California has started its official pilot program registration and enrollment and Illinois has begun registering employers with more than 500 employees as part of its official program rollout. The other states continue to make steady progress. Between now and 2020, several of these programs will be fully implemented.
2019 Legislative Action
Visit the CRI Partners Homepage to access the most up-to-date 2019 state legislative map, detailed information on the progress of state program implementations, the State Resource Center and much more.
Last Updated 1/8/2019.