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Department of Management Services

2014 Legislation

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

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.

Bills Listed by Subject Area

FRS Membership Classes:
Special Risk Class - SB 700, SB 748, HB 1037

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
FRS Pension Plan - SB 184, SB 1114HB 7173
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
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 -
This substitute bill by Representative Porter would authorize the governing body of a county to determine available benefits of county employees; provide for applicability of certain provisions relating to the FRS.

CS/HB 69 -
This substitute bill by Representative Pritchett would create 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 -
This substitute bill by Senator Dean would authorize the governing body of a county to determine available benefits of county employees; provide for applicability of certain provisions relating to the FRS.

CS/CS/SB 238 -
This substitute bill by Senator Joyner would create 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 -
This substitute bill by Senator Hays would provide 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.

Summary of Proposed House Bills

HB 117 -
This bill by Representative Ray would specify applicability of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, to certain consolidated governments; provide 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; authorize 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.

CS/HB 295
This substitute bill by Representative Porter would revise provisions relating to reemployment of retirees as instructional personnel on contract basis; provide legislative intent and findings to clarify authorization to award contracts; provide requirements for judgment in certain civil actions or administrative proceedings.

HB 509
This bill by Representative Caldwell would revise 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; revise existing payment provisions and providing for an additional mandatory payment by the municipality or special fire control district to the firefighters’ pension trust fund; revise 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
This bill by Representative Kerner relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, would extend periods in which funds received under chapter 175, Florida Statutes, shall be used to reduce employee contributions to West Palm Beach Firefighters Pension Fund; clarify that such funds are not refundable as employee contributions; authorize vested members to request refund of contributions in lieu of benefit; require payment of certain benefits to designated beneficiary; clarify 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; reduce actuarial assumed rate of return.

HB 1037
This bill by Representative Rangel would revise criteria for membership in the Special Risk Class to include members employed as 911 public safety telecommunicator; require member to have his or her benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members.

CS/HB 1145
This substitute bill by Representative Kerner relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Plam Beach County, would revise funding of share accounts, member contributions, and refunds with respect to West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund.

CS/HB 1189
This substitute bill by Representative Eagle would revise applicability of the Marvin B. Clayton Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Act; provide 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; authorize a municipal services taxing unit, under certain conditions, to revoke its participation and cease to receive property insurance premium taxes.

HB 1291
This bill by Representative McBurney relating to the City of Jacksonville, Duval County, would revise membership of the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Board of Trustees; provide for nomination of members; require board to provide a budget.

HB 1379
This bill by Representative Williams would revise criteria for employment eligible for purchase of retirement credit.

HB 5005
This bill by Representative McKeel would increase the employer contribution rate for the Health Insurance Subsidy (HIS) from 1.20 percent to 1.26 percent of employee gross compensation; revise the employer contribution rates for normal cost and unfunded actuarial liability for the Florida Retirement System.

HB 7173
This bill By Representative Boyd would provide that certain member enrolled in FRS is vested in the pension plan after 10 years of creditable service; provide for compulsory membership in FRS Investment Plan for certain employees; prohibit members of Elected Officers' Class from joining Senior Management Service Class after specified date; prohibit 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; close Senior Management Optional Annuity Program to new members after specified date; increase service time required to qualify for disability benefits to 10 years for certain members; require certain employees initially enrolled in FRS on or after specified date to be compulsory members of investment plan.

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

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

CS/SB 246 -
This substitute bill by Senator Ring and Senator Bradley would revise 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; revise existing payment provisions and providing for an additional mandatory payment by the municipality or special fire control district to the firefighters’ pension trust fund; revise 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
This bill by Senator Bean would specify applicability of Chapter 185, Florida Statutes, to certain consolidated governments; provide 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; authorize 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
This bill by Senator Stargel would revise provisions relating to reemployment of retirees as instructional personnel on contract basis; provide legislative intent and findings to clarify authorization to award contracts; provide requirements for judgment in certain civil actions or administrative proceedings.

CS/SB 700
This substitute bill by Senator Bradley would repeal provisions relating to the creation, duties, and qualifications of youth custody officer positions within the Department of Juvenile Justice; remove youth custody officers from the Special Risk Class of the FRS.

SB 748
This bill by Senator Soto would add certified 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class.

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

CS/SB 1114 - 
This substitute bill by Community Affairs would provide 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; prohibit members of the Elected Officers’ Class from joining the Senior Management Service Class after a specified date; require certain employees initially enrolled in the Florida Retirement System on or after a specified date to be compulsory members of the investment plan; decrease the employee contribution rate for members of the Investment Plan effective Jan. 1, 2015.

CS/SB 1198 - 
This substitute bill by Senator Montford would revise criteria for employment eligible for purchase of retirement credit.

CS/CS/SB 1442
This substitute bill by Senator Bradley would revise applicability of the Marvin B. Clayton Firefighters Pension Trust Fund Act; provide 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; authorize a municipal services taxing unit, under certain conditions, to revoke its participation and cease to receive property insurance premium taxes.

SB 1692
This proposed committee bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would authorize renewed membership in the Florida Retirement System for retirees who are reemployed in a position eligible for the Elected Officers’ Class under certain circumstances; authorize 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; require that certain retirees who are employed on or after a specified date be renewed members in the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan.

SB 2506 - 
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would increase the employer contribution rate for the Health Insurance Subsidy (HIS) from 1.20 percent to 1.30 percent of employee gross compensation; revise the employer contribution rates for normal cost and unfunded actuarial liability for the Florida Retirement System.