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The 83rd Legislature passed SB 220, which established the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System (TESRS) as a standalone state agency effective September 1, 2013.  TESRS was created to administer the pension fund with professionalism and accountability, strengthen the fund, and provide great service to member departments and retirees.   

TESRS previously existed as a pension fund under the auspice of the Office of the Firefighters' Pension Commissioner (FFPC), so the program itself is not new.

Authority for the fund exists under Title 8 of the Texas Government Code, Subtitle H, Texas Emergency Services Retirement System.