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2016 Legislation

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

   

Passed Bills

In the 2016 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 - [Passed, Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2016-63 
Effective 7/1/2016, this legislation revises the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS; revises employer assessment to offset costs of administering the FRS Investment plan and providing educational services.

Enrolled SB 7012 - [Passed, Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2016-213 
Effective 7/1/2016, this legislation authorizes payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse or children of Special Risk Class member killed in line of duty; establishes qualifications and eligibility requirements; prescribes method of calculating benefit; specifies circumstances under which benefit payments are terminated; requires the State Board of Administration to transfer moneys to fund survivor benefit payments; adjusts employer contribution rates.

   

Local Bills Passed

Enrolled CS/HB 1297 - [Passed, Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2016-146
Effective 7/1/2016, this legislation authorizes counties to levy pension liability surtax by ordinance under certain conditions; specifies distribution of surtax proceeds; prohibits certain retirement plans or system from receiving surtax proceeds under specified conditions; requires that surtax proceeds be used to reduce unfunded liability of system or plan; specifies circumstances under which the surtax terminates.

   

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 2016 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 - HB 87, HB 917, HB 1389SB 7012

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:
Contributions and Funding - HB 5005SB 7042

FRS Programs:
FRS Investment Plan - HB 87, HB 917, SB 7012 , HB 7107
FRS Pension Plan - HB 7107

Local Governments
Local Bills - HB 1297 , SB 1652

Retirees and Retiree Benefits:
Cost of Living Adjustment - HB 1011, SB 1326
Renewed Membership - HB 881SB 7014, HB 7107
Retired Judges - SB 7044
Special Risk Disability Retirees - HB 345, SB 456
Survivor Benefits - HB 87, HB 917SB 7012 , HB 7107 

   

Summary of Proposed House Bills

HB 87 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Hill would have authorized payment of death benefits to the surviving spouse or children of Special Risk Class member killed in line of duty; established qualifications and eligibility requirements; prescribed method of calculating benefit; specified circumstances under which benefit payments are terminated; required the State Board of Administration to transfer moneys to fund survivor benefit payments; adjusted employer contribution rates.

HB 345 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representatives Fitzenhagen and Artiles would have provided that death or disability due to cancer suffered by a firefighter or paramedic employed by state or its political subdivisions is presumed accidental and suffered in line of duty under certain conditions; authorized purchase of insurance by local governments; provided criteria for physical examinations for firefighters and paramedics; provided that firefighters and paramedics employed on effective date of act need not comply with physical examination requirements.

HB 881 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Raulerson would have authorized renewed membership in the FRS for certain retirees; required that certain retirees who are employed on or after specified date be renewed members in the FRS Investment Plan; specified that creditable service does not accrue for reemployed retiree during specified period; required employer and retiree to make applicable contributions to renewed member's investment plan account; authorized renewed member to receive additional credit towards health insurance subsidy; provided for renewed membership in optional retirement program for certain retirees initially reemployed on or after specified date.

HB 917 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Plasencia would have authorized payment of death benefits to surviving spouse or surviving children of Special Risk Class member in the FRS Investment Plan; established qualifications and eligibility requirements in order to receive such benefits; prescribed method of calculating benefit; specified circumstances under which benefit payments are terminated; provided for allocations for death benefits authorized by act; adjusted employer contribution rates in order to fund changes made by act.

HB 1011 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Slosberg would have revised the method for determining cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for retirees and annuitants of the FRS on and after specified date.

CS/HB 1297, 1st Eng. Details - 
See Passed CS/HB 1297 Bill description above.

HB 1389 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Rader would have added certified 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class; required such members to have their benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members.

HB 5005 Details - 
See Passed HB 5005 Bill description above.

CS/HB 7107, 1st Eng. Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This substitute bill by Representative Caldwell would have authorized renewed membership in the FRS for certain retirees who are reemployed in position eligible for the Elected Officers' Class; provided for renewed membership in the FRS for certain retirees of Senior Management Service Optional Annuity Program who are reemployed on or after specified date; required that certain retirees who are reemployed on or after specified date be renewed members in the FRS Investment Plan; prohibited renewed member from receiving specified disability benefits; required employer and retiree to make applicable contributions to renewed member's investment plan account; prohibited participation in pension plan; provided that retiree reemployed on or after specified date in regularly established position eligible for State University System Optional Retirement Program or State Community College System Optional Retirement Program if a renewed member of that program; authorized payment of death benefits to surviving spouse or surviving children of member in the FRS Investment Plan.

   

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

CS/SB 456 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Latvala would have established a presumption as to a firefighter’s condition or impairment of health caused by cancer while in the line of duty; prescribed requirements for the physical examination; authorized specified governmental entities to negotiate policy contracts for life and disability insurance.

SB 1326 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Soto would have revised the method for determining cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for retirees and annuitants of the FRS on and after specified date.

CS/CS/SB 1652 Details - [Laid on Table, Refer to  HB 1297 Summary]  
This substitute bill by Senators Bradley and Bean would have authorized a county to apply proceeds of a pension liability surtax toward reducing the unfunded liability of a defined benefit retirement plan or system; authorized a county to levy a pension liability surtax by ordinance if certain conditions are met; specified the manner in which a local government may use the surtax proceeds.

SB 7012 Details - 
See Passed SB 7012 Bill description above.

SB 7014 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have authorized renewed membership in the FRS for certain retirees; required that certain retirees who are employed on or after specified date be renewed members in the FRS Investment Plan; specified that creditable service does not accrue for reemployed retiree during specified period; required employer and retiree to make applicable contributions to renewed member's investment plan account; authorized renewed member to receive additional credit towards health insurance subsidy; provided for renewed membership in optional retirement program for certain retirees initially reemployed on or after specified date.

SB 7042 Details - [Laid on Table, Refer to HB 5005 Summary]  
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have revised the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS; revised employer assessment to offset costs of administering the FRS Investment plan and providing educational services.

SB 7044 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have authorized certain retired members of the FRS subsequently serving in a specified judicial office covered by the Elected Officers’ Class to transfer all or a portion of benefits and interest accrued during participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program to the FRS Investment plan.