2001 Legislation

Assembly Bill

AB 649 (Negrete McLeod) – Part-time Community College Employees

As introduced, would have required community college districts to offer an alternative retirement plan and Social Security to all of their part-time employees. The amendments of 9/14/01 removed reference to CalSTRS.

  • Version: Chaptered (Chapter 364, Statutes of 2001)
  • Sponsor: Department of Personnel Administration
  • Location: Signed by Governor
  • Board Position: N/A

CalSTRS Analysis:

As Amended 8/30/2001

As Amended 7/09/2001

As Amended 5/02/2001

As Introduced 2/22/2001

Assembly Bill

AB 804 (Education) – Notice of CBEST Requirements

Among other things, requires CalSTRS to notify members about the time constraints and possible requirements of passing the California Basic Education Skills Test if the member has been absent from the classroom for at least 39 months and wants to return to the classroom.

  • Version: Chaptered (Chapter 734, Statutes of 2001)
  • Sponsor: California Department of Education
  • Location: Signed by Governor
  • Board Position: N/A

CalSTRS Analysis:

As Amended 8/22/2001

Senate Bill

SB 165 (O’Connell) – CalPERS/CalSTRS Coverage

Permits any CalPERS member with at least five years service credit who accepts employment to perform creditable service subject to coverage under the CalSTRS Defined Benefit Program to retain their membership in CalPERS.

  • Version: Chaptered (Chapter 77, Statutes of 2001)
  • Sponsor: ACSA, CTA, SSDA
  • Location: Signed by Governor
  • Board Position: Support

CalSTRS Analysis:

As Amended 4/25/2001

As Introduced 2/01/2001

Senate Bill

SB 191 (Karnette) – Retirement and Health Benefits

Credits a member’s Defined Benefit Supplement account based on his or her years of credited service. Also requires CalSTRS to pay the Medicare Part B premiums of currently active and retired DB members who are at least 55 years of age as of January 1, 2002. Requires CalSTRS to establish a nominal account for each member of the DB Program that retired before January 1, 2000, and credit it with $600 per year to pay their health care insurance premiums.

Senate Bill

SB 499 (Soto) – Minor Program/Policy Changes

Eliminates the requirement that a dependent child between the
ages of 18 and 22 must maintain full-time student status to remain eligible for the dependent child’s portion of benefits under Coverage A. Increases the loan limit for home loans under Home Loan Program. Allows Cash Balance Benefit Program participants to purchase certain DB Program service
credit. Also appropriates funds from the Teachers’ Retirement Fund to the
Teachers’ Retirement Board to pay costs associated with post-2001 benefit
changes.

Senate Bill

SB 501 (PE&R) – Technical Housekeeping

Makes a variety of technical and conforming changes to the Teachers’ Retirement Law to facilitate efficient administration of the Teachers’ Retirement Plan.

  • Version: Chaptered (Chapter 803, Statutes of 2001)
  • Sponsor: Teachers’ Retirement Board
  • Location: Signed by Governor
  • Board Position: Sponsor

CalSTRS Analysis:

As Amended 8/27/2001

As Amended 7/05/2001

As Amended 5/16/2001

As Introduced 2/22/2001