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2017 Legislation

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Passed Bills

In the 2017 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 7022, 1st Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2017-88
Effective July 1, 2017, this legislation changes the default membership option to the FRS Investment Plan for members initially enrolled in the FRS on or after Jan. 1, 2018, excluding Special Risk Class members who would still default into the FRS Pension Plan; reopens renewed membership for retirees of the FRS Investment Plan, SUSORP, SMSOAP, or SCCSORP employed in a regularly established position on or after July 1, 2017; provides the in-line-of-duty death benefits already provided to Special Risk Class members of the FRS Investment Plan be retroactive to July 1, 2002, and provides in-line-of-duty survivor benefits to all other FRS Investment Plan members retroactive to July 1, 2002, at 50 percent of pay for the spouse's lifetime or on behalf of the dependent children until the youngest child reaches age 18; revises the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS.

   

Local Bills Passed 

Enrolled HB 533 - [Passed,  Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2017-197 
Effective June 6, 2017, this legislation authorizes the City of Tampa to enter into supplemental contract with certain firefighters and police officers to comply with specified law; authorizes board to adopt rules under certain circumstances.

Enrolled CS/HB 1025 - [Passed,  Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2017-205
Effective June 6, 2017, this legislation relating to the Firefighters’ Relief and Pension Fund of the City of Pensacola, Escambia County corrects and updates terminology and dates; prohibits certain participants from receiving cost-of-living increase in benefits while they are participants in DROP; provides maximum number of hours per plan year of annual overtime pay for certain firefighters.

Enrolled CS/HB 1135 - [Passed,  Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2017-207
Effective June 6, 2017, this legislation relating to the West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund of the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County revises formulas for calculating retirement benefits based on dates of service; provides for the repayment of withdrawn funds in the event an officer is rehired or reinstated; establishes an alternative benefit payment method known as a ten year certain option; revises the payment of death benefits for members in the DROP; adds an actuarial equivalence calculation to the death benefit received by a surviving spouse who was not married to the Fund member on the member’s date of retirement; limits the purchase of service for prior police or military service to five years.

   

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 for the 2017 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 - HB 5007
Special Risk Class - SB 658, HB 873, SB 1246, HB 5007, SB 7022SB 7030

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:
Contributions and Funding - HB 603, SB 632, SB 7022
Other - HB 1223, SB 1500

FRS Programs:
FRS Investment Plan - HB 353, SB 428, SB 1246, HB 5007, SB 7022SB 7030
FRS Pension Plan - HB 353, SB 428, SB 1246, HB 5007, SB 7022SB 7030

Local Governments
Administration - HB 603, SB 632
Local Bills - HB 533 , HB 1025 , HB 1135

Retirees and Retiree Benefits:
Renewed Membership - SB 1246, HB 5007, SB 7022SB 7030
Special Risk Disability Retirees - HB 143SB 158
Survivor Benefits - SB 1246, HB 5007, SB 7022SB 7030

 

Summary of Proposed House Bills

HB 143 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Fitzenhagen 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.

HB 353 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Fischer would have provided that employees of a governing body of a municipality, metropolitan planning organization, or special district that applies to participate in FRS on or after Jan. 1, 2017, may enroll only in the defined contribution program; authorized enrollment in pension plan for employees of governing bodies that have elected or applied to participate in FRS before Jan. 1, 2017; provided for retroactive application.

HB 533 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]  
See Passed HB 533 Bill description above.

CS/HB 603 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This substitute bill by Representative Fischer would have defined the term "long-range return rate"; revised requirements for actuarial reports submitted by retirement plan or system subject to part VII of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, to conform; prohibited actuarial assumed rate of return of plan or system from exceeding long-range return rate, as of specified date; specified length of time that long-range return rate is in effect; specified method of reducing actuarial assumed rate of return under certain conditions; provided reporting requirements for plan or system with an actuarial assumed rate of return in excess of long-range return rate.

HB 873 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Russell would have added 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class; required such members to have their retirement benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members; specified the required employer retirement contribution rates for the new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

CS/HB 1025 Details[Passed, Enrolled] 
See Passed CS/HB 1025 Bill description above.

CS/HB 1135 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]  
See Passed CS/HB 1135 Bill description above.

HB 1223 Details - [Died in H Committee]  
This bill by Representative Fine would have directed the State Board of Education to adopt rules prohibiting instructional personnel and school administrators from selecting a retirement date that occurs during regular school year.

HB 5007 Details - [Laid on Table, Refer to SB 7022 Summary]  
This bill by Representative Caldwell would have provided for compulsory membership in the FRS Investment Plan for certain employees in the Elected Officers' Class; required that certain retirees reemployed on or after a specified date to be renewed members in the FRS Investment Plan; revised criteria for eligibility of payment of death benefits to surviving children of a Special Risk Class member killed in line of duty under specified circumstances; authorized payment of death benefits to surviving spouse or surviving children of member in investment plan; adjusted employer contribution rates.

   

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

SB 158 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 428 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Brandes would have provided that employees of a governing body of a municipality, metropolitan planning organization, or special district that applies to participate in FRS on or after Jan. 1, 2017, may enroll only in the defined contribution program; authorized enrollment in pension plan for employees of governing bodies that have elected or applied to participate in FRS before Jan. 1, 2017; provided for retroactive application.

SB 632 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Brandes would have defined the term "long-range return rate"; revised requirements for actuarial reports submitted by retirement plan or system subject to part VII of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, to conform; prohibited actuarial assumed rate of return of plan or system from exceeding long-range return rate, as of specified date; specified length of time that long-range return rate is in effect; specified method of reducing actuarial assumed rate of return under certain conditions; provided reporting requirements for plan or system with an actuarial assumed rate of return in excess of long-range return rate.

SB 658 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Rader would have added 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class; required such members to have their retirement benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members; specified the required employer retirement contribution rates for the new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

SB 1246 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This bill by Senator Brandes would have changed the default membership option to the FRS Investment Plan for members initially enrolled in the FRS on or after Jan. 1, 2018; reopened renewed membership for retirees of the FRS Investment Plan, SUSORP, SMSOAP, or SCCSORP employed in a regularly established position on or after July 1, 2017; provided the in-line-of-duty death benefits already provided to Special Risk Class members of the FRS Investment Plan be retroactive to July 1, 2002, and provided in-line-of-duty survivor benefits to all other FRS Investment Plan members retroactive to July 1, 2002, at 50 percent of pay for the spouse's lifetime or on behalf of the dependent children until the youngest child reaches age 18.

CS/SB 1500 Details - [Died in S Committee]  
This substitute bill by Senator Mayfield would have directed the State Board of Education to adopt rules prohibiting instructional personnel and school administrators from selecting a retirement date that occurs during the regular school year.

SB 7022 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]  
See Passed SB 7022 1st Eng. Bill description above.

CS/SB 7030 Details - [Died on S Calendar]  
This substitute bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have established a presumption as to a firefighter’s condition or impairment of health caused by certain types of cancer he or she contracts in the line of duty; changed the default membership option to the FRS Investment Plan for members initially enrolled in the FRS on or after Jan. 1, 2018; reopened renewed membership for retirees of the FRS Investment Plan, SUSORP, SMSOAP, or SCCSORP employed in a regularly established position on or after July 1, 2017; provided the in-line-of-duty death benefits already provided to Special Risk Class members of the FRS Investment Plan be retroactive to July 1, 2002, and provided in-line-of-duty survivor benefits to all other FRS Investment Plan members retroactive to July 1, 2002, at 50 percent of pay for the spouse's lifetime or on behalf of the dependent children until the youngest child reaches age 18.