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1997 State Legislation

 

AB-18 *
(Mazzoni)
Class Size Reduction (Earnings Limit Exemption) As an urgency measure, allows the earnings limitation exemption enacted by Chapter 948/96 (AB-1068, Mazzoni) to become operative. Co-sponsored with ACSA, ART, CFT, CRTA, CTA, and UTLA 1 (2/11/97), retroactive to 7/1/96
AB-88
(Baca)
Intro 12/30/96
Rule of 85 Would allow a member of STRS, who is 55 years of age or older to retire on or after 7/1/98, with full retirement benefits if the member’s age plus years of credited service equals or exceeds 85. Sponsored by CTA In progress; Position: SUPPORT, IF AMENDED
AB-206
(Hertzberg)
Intro 2/4/97
Citizen Complaints to the State via Internet The Citizen Complaint Act of 1997 requires State agencies to make available on their Internet web sites on or before 7/1/98, a plain-language form through which residents of CA can register complaints relating to the performance of that agency, and requires agencies to provide certain information, as specified. 416 (9/21/97), effective 1/1/98; Position: NEUTRAL
AB-373
(Morrissey)
Intro 2/4/97
Extension of Post-Retirement Earnings Limit Exemption (Golden Handshake) Would extend eligibility for an exemption from the post-retirement earnings limitation to retired members who received additional service credit at retirement under the Golden Handshake provisions, subject only to a one-year waiting period. Sponsored by Orange County Dept. of Education Merged with AB-686, Chapter 572 (9/29/97); Position: SUPPORT
AB-686
(Baugh)
Intro 2/26/97
Establish Classification (Special Education Instructors); Extension of Post-Retirement Earnings Limit Exemption (Golden Handshake) 1) Provides authority for any County Office of Education, under specified circumstances, to establish two classes of employees for members of STRS’ Defined Benefit Plan who are employed in a special education program, as determined by the number of days required of employees in each class for full-time service; and 2) extends eligibility for an exemption from the post-retirement earnings limitation to retired members who received additional service credit at retirement under the Golden Handshake provisions, subject only to a one-year waiting period. Sponsored by Orange County Dept. Of Education 572 (9/29/97), effective 1/1/98; Position: NO POSITION
AB-884
(Honda)
Intro 2/27/97
Compounded Cola Would amend the TRL to provide that beginning 9/1/98, the “2% improvement factor” applied to benefit payments from the STRS Defined Benefit Plan shall be compounded. Sponsored by CFT In progress; Position: SUPPORT, IF AMENDED
AB-885
(Honda)
Intro 2/27/97
Elected STRS Board Would have required that the four “teacher” members of the TRB be elected to the TRB from their respective constituencies rather than appointed by the Governor. Co-sponsored by ART and CTA Governor Veto (9/29/97); Position: NO POSITION
AB-1102
(Knox)
Intro 2/27/97
Service Credit (Unused Sick Leave) Would: 1) extend eligibility to receive credit at retirement for unused sick leave to members of STRS Defined Benefit Plan who became members on and after 7/1/80, and who retire on or after 1/1/98; and 2) eliminate the restriction that currently prohibits a STRS member who reinstates from service retirement from receiving credit at a subsequent retirement for unused sick leave accrued after termination of the original retirement. Sponsored by CTA In progress; Position: SUPPORT, IF AMENDED
AB-1421
(Lempert)
Intro 2/28/97
Nonmember Spouse Final Compensation Would amend the TRL and require that a nonmember spouse’s service retirement allowance be calculated based on the member’s earnable compensation as of the effective date of the nonmember spouse’s retirement, and propose a similar change to PERS Law. In progress; Position: SUPPORT, IF AMENDED
AB-1597 *
(PER&SS Committee)
Intro 3/20/97
TRL Technical Housekeeping 1) Would have made various technical and conforming changes to the TRL; and 2) would have extended the Golden Handshake Program to 2004. Note: Due to a chaptering out problem with SB-629, the Governor vetoed the bill at the author’s request; however, the author has agreed to reintroduce the bill next year. If the Governor had signed this legislation, it would have voided out the provisions contained in SB-629. Governor Veto (10/10/97); author agreed to pursue next legislative session
ACR-4
(Perata)
Intro 1/13/97
Investments (Tobacco Advertisement Restriction) Urges the shareholders of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to vote to discontinue the use of the character “Joe Camel” in its advertising. Co-sponsored by LAUSD, San Diego City Schools, Small School Dist. Assoc., and numerous health and children’s organizations 91 (9/2/97), effective 1/1/98; Position: SUPPORT
SB-227
(Solis)
Intro 1/30/97
STRS/PERS (State Employment Election Rights) 1) Permits members of STRS who are employed by a community college district who subsequently becomes employed by a state agency, as specified, that requires membership in a different retirement system (e.g., PERS) to elect to remain in STRS under specified conditions; 2) similarly allows a member of PERS under specified conditions to elect to remain in PERS; 3) permits specified institutions and organizations to enter into an agreement for the loan or assignment of a chancellor’s office employee, as specified; 4) provides for specified PERS members to elect by 3/1/98 to return to STRS under certain conditions; and 5) requires a member who makes such an election to purchase the PERS service. In addition, PERS would transfer the actuarial present value of the assets of the person to STRS. Sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office, California Community Colleges 838 (10/10/97), effective 1/1/98; Position: SUPPORT
SB-471 *
(Burton)
Intro 2/19/97
Creditable Compensation Makes minor technical changes to the definition of “compensation”, and related technical changes to other sections of the TRL. 482 (9/24/97), effective 1/1/98
SB-629
(Karnette)
Intro 2/25/97
Expand Disability Benefits Expands eligibility for disability benefits by eliminating the minimum service credit requirement for members applying for a Disability Allowance or Disability Retirement because they were a victim of an unlawful act of bodily injury while performing their official duties. Co-sponsored by UTLA and CFT 386 (8/26/97); effective 1/1/98; Position: SUPPORT
SB-1021 *
(PE&R Committee)
Intro 2/27/97
Federal Compliance (Pension Simplification) Would amend the TRL to bring STRS into compliance with federal changes applicable to the STRS Defined Benefit Plan enacted by Congress under the Pension Simplification Act of 1996 and Taxpayers Relief Act of 1997. Co-sponsored with PERS and the 37 Act Counties In progress
SB-1026
(Schiff)
Intro 2/27/97
75% Purchasing Power Protection 1) Provides purchasing power protection of up to 75% of the benefit recipient’s original purchasing power from the 2.5% annual General Fund contribution for as long as it could support that level of funding; and 2) allows the TRB to a) transfer funds from the TRF, b) increase employer contributions of c) decrease the benefit when the 2.5% annual General Fund contribution is insufficient to support 75% purchasing power. Sponsored by CRTA 939 (10/12/97); effective 1/1/98; Position: SUPPORT
SB-1027 *
(Schiff)
Intro 2/27/97
Member Redeposit of Nonmember Spouse Refund; Out-of-State Service Credit Authorizes members of STRS to: 1) redeposit contributions withdrawn by a nonmember spouse; and 2) purchase additional service credit for out-of-state public school employment without any date restriction. 569 (9/28/97); effective 1/1/98
 
* STRS SPONSORED LEGISLATION
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, 1997 State Updated: May 11, 2001


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