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March 21, 2019
Aug. 07, 2009
Posted On: Sep 03, 2009
-----Original Message-----
From: Rita Foltman/SCO []
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 2:45 PM
Subject: Replying to your voice message

Mr. Pichette,

I received your voice message when I returned from meetings and thought it might be helpful to convey the referendum status through email.

We are beginning the process to conduct a statewide referendum.  The statewide referendum will be conducted to ratify social security coverage for firefighter positions in order to comply with Idaho Statute 59-1398.
Idaho is an absolute coverage state meaning, according to the Social Security Administration,  all of the employees who are members of the coverage group are covered by social security unless they are mandatorily or optionally excluded from coverage under the State's agreement.  A successful majority vote referendum will result in irrevocable social security coverage for all eligible firefighters.

We are in the preliminary stages of preparing the referendum.  There are a number of steps required - some of which are identifying the eligible voters, the mandatory minimum 90-day official notice, providing educational opportunities for the eligible voters, and preparing the ballot.  At this point, our timeline has not been set.

You are welcome to email any questions or requests for updates as we proceed.

For your information, I will be out of the office next week.

Rita Foltman
State Social Security Coordinator
Division of Payroll Accounting
Fax 208.334.3338
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0011

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