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2011 Legislation

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Passed Bills

In the 2011 Regular Session, the Florida Legislature passed the following retirement legislation and related bills of significance to members of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) and other public retirement plans. Passed bills are presented to the Governor and approved before they may be enacted into law. Click on the bill number to access the associated page on "Online Sunshine" for more information (bill text, analyses,amendments, vote histories, etc.). A brief summary of each passed bill follows.

General Bills Passed - Retirement Bills
Enrolled SB 2100, 3rd Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2011-68 (Adobe PDF Document)
Effective July 1, 2011, this legislation requires employees to start contributing 3 percent contributions to the retirement system; excludes service credit earned after July 1, 2011, from the calculation of a member's cost-of-living increase at the time of retirement; reduces the DROP interest rate to 1.3 percent for new participants effective July 1, 2011; changes the normal retirement requirements, vesting requirements and calculation of average final compensation for members of the FRS initially enrolled on or after July 1, 2011.
Local Bills Passed
Enrolled HB 229 - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2011-239 (Adobe PDF Document)
Effective October 1, 2011, this legislation relating to the City of Tampa revises General Employees' Pension Plan for city; revises definitions; provides that all employee contributions to pension fund after certain date are mandatory and that city shall pay such contributions to fund on behalf of employee; revises provision that addresses reemployment of retired employees; provides default distribution when member fails to elect distribution option.
Enrolled CS/HB 231 - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2011-240 (Adobe PDF Document)
Effective October 1, 2011, this legislation relating to the City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers in the City of Tampa authorizes the City of Tampa to enter into supplemental contract with certain firefighters and police officers to comply with Chapter 2009-97, Laws of Florida; revises manner in which elective trustees are elected; increases investment cap on foreign securities; allows retired members to elect to receive reduced retirement benefit in order to provide surviving spouse benefit under certain circumstances; prohibits members from selecting certain pension contract changes and rejecting others.
Enrolled CS/CS/SB 1128, 1st Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2011-216 (Adobe PDF Document)
Effective July 1, 2011, this legislation provides that local plans are required to provide an additional disclosure of the present value of accrued benefits using a uniform interest rate assumption to improve comparability of actuarial data between plans; provides that local plans may not include more than 300 hours of overtime, or accrued unused annual or sick leave in the calculation of retirement benefits; provides that actuarial surpluses cannot be used for expenses outside the plan and local governments may not reduce contributions below the normal cost. Summary of SB 1128 (Adobe PDF Document)
Proposed Bills

The following retirement bills and related bills of significance to members of the FRS and other public retirement plans were filed for consideration during the 2011 regular session of the Florida Legislature. The bills listed by subject area and their corresponding summaries on this page represent the most current version of each bill. You can jump to a brief summary via the bill's link in the subject listing below. From there, if you click on the underlined bill number, you will access the "Online Sunshine" legislative page for that bill. At this website, you can view any version of a bill, review a bill's progress and locate any related bills. (Passed bills are shown in boldface type.)

Bills Listed by Subject Area
FRS Membership Classes:
Elected Officers' Class - SB 290, SB 1130, HB 1139, HB 1405, SB 2100
Regular Class - SB 1130, HB 1405, SB 2100
Senior Management Service Class - SB 1130, HB 1405, SB 2100
Special Risk Class - SB 442, SB 1130, HB 1405, SB 1540, SB 2100
FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Rights and Features:
Average Final Compensation - SB 1130, SB 2100
Compensation/Bonuses - SB 1130, SB 2172
Contributions/Funding - SB 1130, HB 1405, SB 2100
Normal Retirement - HB 1405, SB 2100
Other - HB 337, SB 348
Vesting - SB 1130, SB 2100
FRS Programs:
Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) - HB 1405, SB 2100
Public Employee Optional Retirement Program (PEORP) - SB 1130, HB 1405, SB 2100
Local Governments:
Administration - SB 1128, HB 7241
Local Bills - HB 229, HB 231, SB 752, SB 754, HB 1391
Retirees and Retiree Benefits:
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) - SB 2100
Reemployment after Retirement - HB 825, SB 1160
Renewed Membership - SB 1130
Retired Judges - HB 1033
Bills Withdrawn from Further Consideration: HB 303
Watch Bills
The following bills are not being analyzed by the Division of Retirement but are listed here for informational purposes. Questions concerning any of these bills should be directed to the sponsor of the bill.

State Board of Administration

HB 335 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Corcoran would have prohibited state investment funds from being used to pay fees or commissions of placement agents; required State Board of Administration to deal directly with private equity firms and companies issuing securities.
Summary of Proposed House Bills
HB 229 - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed Bill description above.
CS/HB 231 - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed Bill description above.
HB 303 - [Withdrawn]
This bill by Representative Costello would have reduced the accrual value earned for each year of retirement credit to 1.6 percent effective for fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2011, for current and new plan participants; revised definitions relating to compensation and average final compensation by removing overtime, unused leave and other such compensation; eliminated the DROP effective Dec. 31, 2012, and required all participants in DROP to cease participation and receive their distribution on or before Dec. 31, 2012; revised applicability of Chapter 175, Florida Statutes, to firefighters who are eligible for FRS; revised applicability of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, to police officers who are eligible for FRS; revised provisions relating to firefighter and police officer benefits; repealed provisions relating to presumption with respect to diseases of firefighters suffered in line of duty; repealed provisions relating to presumption with respect to police officer disability in line of duty.
HB 337 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Pafford would have introduced definitions and qualifications for domestic partnerships to be recognized by the state with equivalent rights to a marriage.
HB 825 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Workman would have provided that retirees of a state-administered retirement system who retire on or after certain date may not be reemployed by employer that participates in state-administered retirement system and receive both salary for employment and retirement benefits; provided that retiree who is employed by employing entity or contractor that does not participate in state-administered retirement system, but who performs services for employer that does participate, may not receive retirement benefits during such employment.
HB 1033 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Diaz would have provided for former justice or judge to be qualified to serve as retired justice or judge under certain conditions; provided circumstances under which such justice or judge may not serve as retired justice or judge; exempted retired judges consenting to temporary duty from certain termination and reemployment limitations.
HB 1139 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Kreegel would have reduced the accrual value to 2 percent for each year of creditable service earned effective July 1, 2011, for members of the Elected Officers' Class.
HB 1391 - [Died in H Committee]
This bill by Representative Ford relating to the Firefighters' Relief and Pension Fund of the City of Pensacola would have provided for compliance with applicable Internal Revenue Code requirements; added optional forms of benefits; provided for retirement after 10 years of service; provided for death benefits for survivors; provided for protection of benefits from legal process; provided for rollover distributions; provided for additional benefits required by law; provided for maximum pension; provided for plan termination and forfeitures
CS/CS/HB 1405 - [Laid on Table, Refer to SB 2100]
This substitute bill by Representative Workman would have required employee and employer contributions to the retirement system by a certain date; eliminated the DROP effective July 1, 2011, for new participants; changed the normal retirement requirements for members of the FRS initially enrolled on or after July 1, 2011.
HB 7241 - [Laid on Table, Refer to SB 1128]
This bill by Government Operations Subcommittee would have revised definition of term "compensation" or "salary" for purposes of firefighters' and police officers' pensions; removed adjustment requirement for member contribution rates to retirement plan for firefighters and police officers; revised provisions relating to benefits paid from premium tax by municipality or special fire control district that has its own pension plan; created Task Force on Public Employee Disability Presumptions.
Summary of Proposed Senate Bills
SB 290 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Fasano would have reduced the accrual value to 2 percent for each year of creditable service earned effective July 1, 2011, for members of the Elected Officers' Class.
SB 348 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Sobel would have introduced definitions and qualifications for domestic partnerships to be recognized by the state with equivalent rights to a marriage.
SB 442 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Hill would have revised criteria for membership in the special risk class to include members employed by public acute care hospitals serving certain patients.
SB 752 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Joyner relating to the City of Tampa would have revised General Employees' Pension Plan for city; revised definitions; provided that all employee contributions to pension fund after certain date are mandatory and that city shall pay such contributions to fund on behalf of employee; revised provision that addresses reemployment of retired employees; provided default distribution when member fails to elect distribution option.
SB 754 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Joyner relating to the City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers in the City of Tampa would have authorized the City of Tampa to enter into supplemental contract with certain firefighters and police officers to comply with Chapter 2009-97, Laws of Florida; revised manner in which elective trustees are elected; increased investment cap on foreign securities; allowed retired members to elect to receive reduced retirement benefit in order to provide surviving spouse benefit under certain circumstances; prohibited members from selecting certain pension contract changes and rejecting others.
CS/CS/SB 1128, 1st Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed Bill description above.
CS/SB 1130 - [Died in S Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Ring would have required employee and employer contributions to the retirement system by a certain date, changed the definitions of average final compensation, vesting and compensation, changed the name of the Public Employee Optional Retirement Program to the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, required all members hired after July 1, 2011, to be enrolled in the FRS Investment Plan and removed the option of enrolling in the defined benefit plan; provided renewed membership for retirees initially reemployed between July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, and retirees initially reemployed on or after July 1, 2011.
SB 1160 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Gaetz would have provided that retirees of a state-administered retirement system who retire on or after certain date may not be reemployed by employer that participates in state-administered retirement system and receive both salary for employment and retirement benefits; provided that retiree who is employed by employing entity or contractor that does not participate in state-administered retirement system, but who performs services for employer that does participate, may not receive retirement benefits during such employment.
SB 1540 - [Died in S Committee]
This bill by Senator Smith would have redefined the term "special risk member," and revised criteria for membership in the special risk class to include court deputies.
SB 2100, 3rd Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed Bill description above.
SB 2172 - [Laid on Table]
This bill by the Education Pre-K-12 Committee would have removed provisions relating to base salary and additional compensation for a district school board member; prohibited district school board members from receiving more than a $100 stipend per school board meeting; provided that the stipend does not constitute compensation for retirement purposes; prohibited district school board members from receiving any compensation while serving.