1991 State Legislation



(Moore, et al)
Intro 12/4/90
Fair Employment & Housing (Family Care Leave) Requires that employers of 50 or more employees, including school districts, grant unpaid leave for up to four months in any 24 month period for family care purposes, as defined. Note: STRS had previously taken a “support, if amended” position; however, suggested amendments were never adopted into the bill. Sponsored by CA Labor Federation 462 (9/30/91), effective 1/1/92; Position: NEUTRAL
Intro 1/4/91
Employer Contribution Deferral Would have allowed the LAUSD and the SFUSD not to make their employer contributions to STRS from January 1992 through June 1992. The contributions that would have been made during that six month period would instead have been paid in monthly payments over a period of up to 20 years commencing 7/1/93. The Governor determined there was already an orderly process by which districts experiencing financial difficulty could request an “emergency apportionment”; the provisions were perceived to be a loan to these particular school districts thereby circumventing the existing process; and, there were no safeguards to ensure that the districts in need would repay their debt, particularly where evidence may portray that their operations were not managed efficiently. Governor Veto (7/18/91); Position: NO POSITION
1991-92 Budget Makes appropriations for support of state government for the 1991-92 fiscal year. 118 (7/16/91), effective immediately
(Filante, et al) Intro 1/22/91
Rule of 85 Would have allowed a member of STRS aged 50 or older to retire with full retirement benefits, if the member’s age plus years of credited service totaled 85. The Governor determined that STRS already offered several options for early retirement, but with a reduced retirement allowance, as well as other early retirement options including incentives individually being offered by employers; would cost employers $50,000-$100,000 per retired member which would result is a diversion of funds from the classroom; and there were no requirements over the life of the early retirement program to reflect any cost savings to the program. Sponsored by CTA and ACSA Governor Veto (10/6/91); Position: OPPOSE
Intro 2/25/91
Investments (State Trust Funds) Would have authorized STRS/PERS to require companies in which they make investments to disclose the extent to which the companies adhere to the so-called Valdez Principles regarding “corporate environmental responsibility. The Governor determined the bill as being permissive, unnecessary and an expression of Legislative intent, and STRS/PERS already have guidelines for companies in which the systems invest to conduct themselves with propriety and a view toward social considerations. Governor Veto (10/14/91); Position: NEUTRAL
Intro 2/25/91
Funding As an urgency measure, provides that Elder Full Funding contributions be made in quarterly payments of 1.075% from the GF to the TRF instead of monthly contributions, commencing 10/1/91. 83 (6/30/91), effective immediately
Intro 3/6/91
Investments (Corporations Electronic Proxies) Permits oral telephonic submission of a proxy by a shareholder or someone with authority to act for a shareholder. Note: This bill does not require any action on the part of STRS. 308 (8/2/91), effective 1/1/92; Position: SUPPORT
(Burton, et al)
Intro 3/7/91
Investments (Northern Ireland) Would have required STRS/PERS to: 1) compile a list of corporations that do business in Northern Ireland (NI), in which the assets of the two funds are invested, and report this information to the Legislature; 2) annually monitor the extent to which U.S. Corporations operating in NI, in which the funds have investments, adhere to nondiscrimination principles, as defined by the MacBride Principles; and 3) support, whenever feasible, shareholder resolutions designed to encourage corporations in which the funds have invested to pursue a policy of affirmative action in NI. The Governor determined the bill was redundant with existing practices, and that it was opposed by political and labor union leaders who represent NI Catholic constituencies who viewed the bill as threatening to the economy of NI as well as the job opportunities for Catholic workers who are far better protected by the mandatory provisions of the Fair Employment Act of 1989 than the MacBride principles. Governor Veto (10/11/91); Position: NEUTRAL
AB-2224 *
Intro 3/12/91
Full-time equivalent in CC Would have established new standards for the crediting of service performed by community college members of STRS employed on a part-time basis. The Governor determined the bill would result in increased costs to STRS for those part-time instructors who become full-time instructors (estimated to range from $10,000 to $30,000) and would continue to increase for a number of years. Co-sponsored with CFT and FACCC Governor Veto (10/14/91)
(C. Green)
Intro 1/17/91
Scientific Surveys Would have required STRS to establish procedures for evaluating and implementing requests of organizations with STRS members to conduct scientific surveys of the STRS membership. The Governor determined this bill would redirect STRS’ efforts toward an objective of satisfying the requests of outside organizations rather than to focus on its mission to satisfy the membership, and was concerned with costs and resources needed to take on the additional workload. Sponsored by CTA Governor Veto (10/2/91); Position: SUPPORT
SB-1171 *
(PE&R Committee)
Intro 3/8/91
TRL Technical Housekeeping 1) Clarifies provisions concerning the limitations imposed by Section 415 of the IRC on the benefits received by STRS members; 2) authorizes STRS to establish procedures to ensure compliance with information reporting requirements and provides that any person who willfully files any report in violation of the statutory requirements is guilty of a misdemeanor; 3) makes a technical, corrective change in the one-year final compensation provisions for classroom teachers; 4) clarifies that STRS disabled members and inactive members are eligible to participate in the Dave Elder STRS Home Loan Program; 5) requires spousal signature for most benefit applications; 6) requires employers to annually provide STRS with copies of documents concerning employee compensation; and 7) allows STRS members who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf conflict to receive STRS service credit for the time spent on the military leave. 543 (10/5/91), effective 1/1/92
(PE&R Committee)
Intro 3/8/91
State Employees in STRS (Optional Transfer to PERS) As an urgency measure, would have authorized members of STRS who are employed in state service positions to elect, before 4/1/92, to transfer their membership to PERS. Bill died in house of origin (1/27/92)
Intro 1/18/91
Investments (Shareholder Rights/Securities Transaction Commission) Extends until 1/1/93 the Senate Commission on Corporate Governance Shareholder Rights, and Securities Transaction. Adopted 5/30/91; Position: SUPPORT
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted in italicized lettering, or with an asterisk (*) indicating STRS sponsored, legislation was sponsored by the author(s) or committee introducing the bill. Also, refer to the “Legend” for an explanation of abbreviations used.

Decade of Legislation, 1991 State Updated: May 11, 2001