CSU-ERFSA Legislative Director's Report - Part 3 - Pending Legislation

Legislative Director Robert Girling and our Legislative Affairs Committee has identified a number of bills pending in the California Legislature that may be of interest to CSU-ERFSA members. At this time the committee has not made any recommendations as to whether or not we should support or oppose any of these pending measures, but it may do so in the future.

AB 33 (Bonta D) State public retirement systems: divestiture from private prison companies

Summary: Would prohibit the boards of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System from making new investments or renewing existing investments of public employee retirement funds in a private prison company, as defined. This bill would require the boards to liquidate investments in private prison companies on or before July 1, 2020, and would require the boards, in making a determination to liquidate investments, to constructively engage with private prison companies to establish whether the companies are transitioning their business models to another industry.

AB 287 (Voepel R) Public employees’ retirement: annual audits.

Summary: Current law requires each state and local public pension or retirement system, on and after the 90th day following the completion of the annual audit of the system, to provide a concise annual report on the investments and earnings of the system, as specified, to any member who makes a request and pays a fee, if required, for the costs incurred in preparation and dissemination of that report. This bill would also require each state and local pension or retirement system to post a concise annual audit of the information described above on that system’s internet website no later than the 90th day following the audit’s completion.

AB 472 (Voepel R) Public employees’ retirement.

Summary: Current law, the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013, establishes various limits on retirement benefits generally applicable to a public employee retirement system, as defined. The act prescribes, among other things, limits on service after retirement without reinstatement into the applicable retirement system.

The common violations include:

·         Working more than 960 hours per year

·         Working prior to first being retired for 180 days

Violating the rules has serious repercussions including being reinstated, paying back retirement and possibly being reclassified as PEPRA member.

SB 228 (Jackson D) Master Plan on Aging.

Summary: Would require the Governor to appoint an Aging Czar and a 15-member Aging Task Force to work with representatives from impacted state departments and with stakeholders to identify the policies and priorities that need to be implemented in California to prepare for the aging of its population and to develop a master plan for aging. The bill would require the master plan to address how the state should accomplish specified goals, including expanding access to coordinated, integrated systems of care. The bill would also require the Aging Task Force to solicit input from stakeholders and gather information on the impact of California’s aging population.

SB 712 (Grove R) Housing for the elderly.

Summary: Current law prohibits a city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision from requiring more than one building permit for a low-rent housing development for the elderly financed with federal or state funds or by a loan insured by the federal or state government and limits the fee for the permit, as specified.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.

SJR 3 (Wilk R) Social Security.

Summary: This measure would request the Congress of the United States to enact, and the President to sign, legislation that would repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act.

California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020, also known as the "split-roll" measure, is still gathering signatures to qualify for the November ballot. If approved by voters, it would hike taxes on factories, stores and other commercial and industrial real estate by requiring they pay property tax based on current market value rather than the value of the property when it was purchased.

It would raise an estimated $7.5 billion to $12 billion annually, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The money would be distributed to schools and local governments.

AB 1839 Bonta (D) Climate Change: California Green New Deal

Summary: Recognizes that all Californians have the right to clean air and water, and healthy food–and that access has not been experienced equally throughout the state’s communities. The bill will call for doubling affordable housing, accelerating emissions reductions, and creating high-quality jobs in clean-emission industries. 

Co-authors of the California Green New Deal include Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), Eloise Gomez-Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Luz Rivas (D-Arleta), Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), and Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto).

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