Pension Reform Bills Sent to Conference Committee

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At the end of April, the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee referred nine public pension reform bills to the joint legislative Conference Committee on Public Employee Benefits. Committee Chair Warren Furutani had previously stated that bills addressing pensions and benefits would need to be reviewed by the Conference Committee before being considered. The question remains whether any other retirement-related bills will be referred to the Conference Committee or if the rest are now dead. The nine bills referred are described in the table below:

BILL # (Author)


AB 1633 (Wagner, R-Irvine) Caps retirement benefits for new hires of any public retirement system at $80,000 if the member is covered by Social Security, and $100,000 if not.
AB 1639 (Hill, D-South San Francisco) Prohibits retirement benefits from being based on any amount exceeding federal revenue limits under section 401(a)(17) – which is now $250,000.
AB 1649 (Smyth, R-Santa Clarita) Requires a public employee convicted of any violent or serious felony or a sex offense arising out of his or her official duties to forfeit retirement benefits.
AB 1653 (Cook, R-Yucaipa) Requires any public officer or staffer hired after Jan 1, 2013 to forfeit all retirement benefits if convicted of a felony.
AB 1681 (Smyth, R-Santa Clarita) Requires a school employee convicted of a felony arising out of his or her official duties to forfeit retirement benefits.
AB 1874 (Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa) Closes the Legislators’ Retirement System to new members first elected on or after January 1, 2013. They would instead become CalPERS members.
AB 2224 (Smyth, R-Santa Clarita) Makes the following retirement reforms: (1) eliminates air time; (2) eliminates retroactive benefit enhancement; (3) requires a hybrid pension plan option; (4) bases final compensation on 3 years average; (5) requires the normal cost of retirement contributions to be paid each year; (6) prohibits employer pickup of employee contributions; (7) prohibits reemployment without reinstatement to the retirement system except in an emergency; and (8) vests employer contributions for retiree healthcare at 50% for 15 years of service and 100% for 25 years of service.
AB 2275 (Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo) Extends STRS postretirement earnings limit exemptions until June 30, 2014.
AB 2429 (Hagman, R-Chino Hills) Prohibits local officials elected to office on or after January 1, 2013 and working less than full time from becoming members of a retirement system or receiving health benefits during service or postemployment health benefits.


  • +2016 (19)
  • +2015 (60)
  • +2014 (41)
  • +2013 (28)
  • +2012 (56)
  • +2011 (43)
  • +2009 (1)
  • +2004 (2)