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2014 Legislation

Passed Bills ¦ Proposed Bills ¦ Bills Listed by Subject Area ¦ Watch Bills ¦ Proposed House Bills ¦ Proposed Senate Bills

Passed Bills

In the 2014 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 HB 5005, 1st Eng. -  [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2014-54
Effective July 1, 2014, this legislation increases the employer contribution rate for the Health Insurance Subsidy (HIS) from 1.20 percent to 1.26 percent of employee gross compensation; revises the employer contribution rates for normal cost and unfunded actuarial liability for the Florida Retirement System.

Enrolled CS/CS/HB 7055 -  [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2014-162
Effective July 1, 2014, this legislation repeals provisions relating to the creation, duties, and qualifications of youth custody officer positions within the Department of Juvenile Justice; removes youth custody officers from the Special Risk Class of the FRS.
 

Local Bills Passed

Enrolled HB 117 -  [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2014-28 
Effective July 1, 2014, this legislation specifies applicability of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, to certain consolidated governments; provides that consolidated government that has entered into interlocal agreement to provide police protection services to municipality within its boundaries is eligible to receive premium taxes reported for municipality; authorizes municipality receiving police protection services to enact an ordinance levying tax as provided by law; including certain consolidated governments under provisions authorizing imposition of state excise tax on casualty insurance premiums covering certain property.

Enrolled HB 931 -  [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2014-238
Effective May 12, 2014, this legislation relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, extends periods in which funds received under chapter 175, Florida Statutes, shall be used to reduce employee contributions to West Palm Beach Firefighters Pension Fund; clarifies that such funds are not refundable as employee contributions; authorizes vested members to request refund of contributions in lieu of benefit; requires payment of certain benefits to designated beneficiary; clarifies requirement for certain members to take lump sum distribution of their entire lump sum accumulated sick leave and vacation leave within specified time after their termination of employment in certain circumstances; reduces actuarial assumed rate of return.

Enrolled CS/HB 1145 -  [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2014-243
Effective May 12, 2014, this legislation relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Plam Beach County, revises funding of share accounts, member contributions, and refunds with respect to West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund.

Proposed Bills

The following retirement bills and related bills of significance to members of the FRS and other public retirement plans have been filed for consideration for the 2014 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:
Special Risk Class - SB 700, SB 748, HB 1037, HB 7055

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:
Contributions and Funding - SB 2506, HB 5005
Retirement Credit - SB 1198, HB 1379

FRS Programs:
FRS Cash Balance Plan - SB 1112
FRS Investment Plan - SB 184, SB 1114HB 7173, HB 7181
FRS Pension Plan - SB 184, SB 1114HB 7173, HB 7181
Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program (SMSOAP) - SB 184, SB 1114

Local Governments:
Administration - HB 117, SB 246, SB 388, HB 509, HB 1189, SB 1442, HB 7179, HB 7181
Local Bills - HB 931, HB 1145, HB 1291

Retirees and Retiree Benefits:
Reemployment after Retirement - HB 295, SB 560, SB 1692

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.

CS/HB 21 - [Laid on Table, Refer to SB 106]
This substitute bill by Representative Porter would have authorized the governing body of a county to determine available benefits of county employees; provided for applicability of certain provisions relating to the FRS.

CS/HB 69[Laid on Table, Refer to SB 238]
This substitute bill by Representative Pritchett would have created exemption from public records requirements for names of spouses and children of current or former public defenders, assistant public defenders, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and assistant criminal conflict and civil regional counsel.

CS/SB 106 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
This substitute bill by Senator Dean authorizes the governing body of a county to determine available benefits of county employees; provides for applicability of certain provisions relating to the FRS.

CS/CS/SB 238 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
This substitute bill by Senator Joyner creates exemption from public records requirements for names of spouses and children of current or former public defenders, assistant public defenders, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and assistant criminal conflict and civil regional counsel.

CS/SB 390 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
This substitute bill by Senator Hays provides an exemption from public records requirements for certain identifying information of specific current and former personnel of the Department of Health and the spouses and children of such personnel, under specified circumstances.

CS/HB 419 -[Laid on Table, Refer to SB 390]
This substitute bill by Representative Renuart would have provided an exemption from public records requirements for certain identifying information of specific current and former personnel of the Department of Health and the spouses and children of such personnel, under specified circumstances.

CS/CS/CS/SB 1630[Laid on Table, Refer to HB 7091]
This bill by Senator Montford would have revised, created, and repealed various provisions relating to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service and industries that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates.

CS/HB 7091 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
This substitute bill by State Affairs revises, creates, and repeals various provisions relating to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service and industries that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates.

Summary of Proposed House Bills

HB 117 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed Bill description above.

CS/HB 295 - [Died on H Calendar] 
This substitute bill by Representative Porter would have revised provisions relating to reemployment of retirees as instructional personnel on contract basis; provided legislative intent and findings to clarify authorization to award contracts; provided requirements for judgment in certain civil actions or administrative proceedings.

HB 509 - [Died in H Committee] 
This bill by Representative Caldwell would have revised the legislative declaration to require that all firefighter pension plans meet the requirements of Chapter 175, Florida Statutes, in order to receive insurance premium tax revenues; revised existing payment provisions and providing for an additional mandatory payment by the municipality or special fire control district to the firefighters’ pension trust fund; revised the legislative declaration to require that all police officer pension plans meet the requirements of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, in order to receive insurance premium tax revenues.

HB 931 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed Bill description above.

HB 1037 - [Died in H Committee] 
This bill by Representative Rangel would have revised criteria for membership in the Special Risk Class to include members employed as 911 public safety telecommunicator; required member to have his or her benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members.

CS/HB 1145 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed Bill description above.

CS/HB 1189 - [Died in H Committee] 
This substitute bill by Representative Eagle would have revised applicability of the Marvin B. Clayton Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Act; provided that any municipal services taxing unit that provides fire protection services to another municipality under an interlocal agreement is eligible to receive property insurance premium taxes; authorized a municipal services taxing unit, under certain conditions, to revoke its participation and cease to receive property insurance premium taxes.

HB 1291 - [Died in H Committee] 
This bill by Representative McBurney relating to the City of Jacksonville, Duval County, would have revised membership of the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Board of Trustees; provided for nomination of members; required board to provide a budget.

HB 1379 - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Williams would have revised criteria for employment eligible for purchase of retirement credit.

HB 5005 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed Bill description above.

CS/CS/HB 7055 - [Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed Bill description above.

HB 7173 - [Died on H Calendar] 
This bill By Representative Boyd would have provided that certain members enrolled in FRS are vested in the pension plan after 10 years of creditable service; provided for compulsory membership in FRS Investment Plan for certain employees; prohibited members of Elected Officers' Class from joining Senior Management Service Class after specified date; prohibited an elected official eligible for membership in Elected Officers' Class from enrolling in Senior Management Service Class or in Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program; closed Senior Management Optional Annuity Program to new members after specified date; increased service time required to qualify for disability benefits to 10 years for certain members; required certain employees initially enrolled in FRS on or after specified date to be compulsory members of investment plan.

HB 7179 - [Died in H Committee] 
This bill by State Affairs would have revised legislative declaration regarding firefighter pension plans; revised provisions related to firefighters' pension trust fund; revised provisions relating to municipalities and special fire control districts that have their own pension plans; revised criteria governing benefits to be funded from premium tax revenues and uses thereof; required plan sponsors to have defined contribution plan in place by certain date; authorized municipality to make changes to local law plan under certain circumstances; revised legislative declaration police officer pension plans; revised provisions regarding police officers' retirement trust fund; deleted provision basing additional benefits in police officer pension plan upon state funding; revised calculation of monthly retirement income for police officer; revised provisions regarding certain police officer pension plans; revised provisions relating to municipalities that have their own pension plans for police officers and want to participate in distribution of excise tax fund; revised criteria governing use of revenues from premium tax; revised provisions regarding excess benefits under certain circumstances; required plan sponsors to have defined contribution plan in place by certain date; revised authorities that municipality has to implement certain changes to local law plan.

HB 7181 - [Died on S Calendar] 
This bill by State Affairs would have provided that certain members enrolled in the Florida Retirement System are vested in pension plan after 10 years of creditable service; revised provisions relating to compulsory membership in the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, membership in Elected Officers' Class and Senior Management Service Class, elected official membership eligibility, and Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program; closed Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program to new members; revised provisions relating to disability benefits; provided certain members with specified time to choose participation in pension plan or investment plan; revised provisions related to firefighters' and police officers' pension trust fund and pension plans; revised provisions relating to benefits funded from premium tax revenues and defined contribution plans.

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

SB 184 - [Withdrawn] 
This bill by Senator Brandes would have prohibited members of the Elected Officers’ Class from joining the Senior Management Service Class after a specified date; closed the Senior Management Optional Retirement Program program to new members after a specified date; required certain employees initially enrolled in the FRS on or after a specified date to be compulsory members of the investment plan.

CS/SB 246 - [Died in H Messages] 
This substitute bill by Senator Ring and Senator Bradley would have revised the legislative declaration to require that all firefighter pension plans meet the requirements of Chapter 175, Florida Statutes, in order to receive insurance premium tax revenues; revised existing payment provisions and providing for an additional mandatory payment by the municipality or special fire control district to the firefighters’ pension trust fund; revised the legislative declaration to require that all police officer pension plans meet the requirements of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, in order to receive insurance premium tax revenues.

SB 388 - [Laid on Table, Refer to HB 117 
This bill by Senator Bean would have specified applicability of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, to certain consolidated governments; provided that consolidated government that has entered into interlocal agreement to provide police protection services to municipality within its boundaries is eligible to receive premium taxes reported for municipality; authorized municipality receiving police protection services to enact an ordinance levying tax as provided by law; including certain consolidated governments under provisions authorizing imposition of state excise tax on casualty insurance premiums covering certain property.

SB 560 - [Died in S Committee] 
This bill by Senator Stargel would have revised provisions relating to reemployment of retirees as instructional personnel on contract basis; provided legislative intent and findings to clarify authorization to award contracts; provided requirements for judgment in certain civil actions or administrative proceedings.

CS/CS/SB 700[Laid on Table, Refer to HB 7055]
This substitute bill by Senator Bradley would have repealed provisions relating to the creation, duties, and qualifications of youth custody officer positions within the Department of Juvenile Justice; removed youth custody officers from the Special Risk Class of the FRS.

SB 748 - [Died in S Committee] 
This bill by Senator Soto would have added certified 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class.

SB 1112 - [Died in S Committee] 
This bill by Community Affairs would have created the Florida Retirement System Cash Balance Plan Trust Fund, to hold the assets of the Florida Retirement System Cash Balance Plan; provided that the trust fund is a retirement trust fund not subject to termination pursuant to section 19(f), Article III of the State Constitution; provided for sources of moneys and purposes; required a forfeiture account to be created within the trust fund.

CS/CS/SB 1114 - [Died on S Calendar] 
This substitute bill by Community Affairs would have provided that a member initially enrolled in the Florida Retirement System after a certain date is vested in the pension plan after 10 years of creditable service; prohibited members of the Elected Officers’ Class from joining the Senior Management Service Class after a specified date; required certain employees initially enrolled in the Florida Retirement System on or after a specified date to be compulsory members of the investment plan; decreased the employee contribution rate for members of the Investment Plan effective Jan. 1, 2015.

CS/SB 1198 - [Died in S Committee] 
This substitute bill by Senator Montford would have revised criteria for employment eligible for purchase of retirement credit.

CS/CS/SB 1442 - [Died in S Committee] 
This substitute bill by Senator Bradley would have revised applicability of the Marvin B. Clayton Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Act; provided that any municipal services taxing unit that provides fire protection services to another municipality under an interlocal agreement is eligible to receive property insurance premium taxes; authorized a municipal services taxing unit, under certain conditions, to revoke its participation and cease to receive property insurance premium taxes.

SB 1692 - [Died in S Committee] 
This proposed committee bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have authorized renewed membership in the Florida Retirement System for retirees who are reemployed in a position eligible for the Elected Officers’ Class under certain circumstances; authorized renewed membership in the Florida Retirement System for retirees of the Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program who are reemployed on or after a specified date; required that certain retirees who are employed on or after a specified date be renewed members in the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan.

SB 2506 - [Laid on Table, Refer to HB 5005]
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have increased the employer contribution rate for the Health Insurance Subsidy (HIS) from 1.20 percent to 1.30 percent of employee gross compensation; revised the employer contribution rates for normal cost and unfunded actuarial liability for the Florida Retirement System.