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2018 Legislation

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Passed Bills

In the 2018 Regular Session, the Florida Legislature has 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 CS/SB 7026 2nd Eng.[Passed, Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2018-3
Effective March 9, 2018, this legislation, cited as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act”, eliminates reemployment limitations for retired law enforcement officers by allowing them to be reemployed as a school resource officer and receive their retirement benefit and salary during their seventh through twelve months after retirement.

Enrolled HB 5007 [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2018-12
Effective July 1, 2018, this legislation revises the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS.

Enrolled CS/HB 495 2nd Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2018-150
Effective July 1, 2018, this legislation revises limitations on the maximum length of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program for certain instructional personnel and administrative personnel; requires an employer to notify the Division of Retirement of the Department of Management Services regarding any change in termination date and program participation for each affected member.

Local Bills Passed

Enrolled CS/CS/SB 376[Passed, Enrolled]  Approved, Chapter No. 2018-124
Effective Oct. 1, 2018, this legislation deletes certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders; provides that law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law for mental or nervous injuries, whether or not such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries requiring medical treatment, under specified circumstances.

Enrolled HB 889[Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2018-168
Effective upon becoming law, this legislation relates to the West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund of the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County; revises retirement pension calculation.

Enrolled HB 1139[Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2018-180
Effective upon becoming law, this legislation relates to the City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers in the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County; authorizes city to enter into supplemental contract with certain firefighters and police officers to increase amount of pension under certain circumstances.

Enrolled CS/HB 1141[Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2018-181
Effective upon becoming law, this legislation relates to the Firefighters' Relief and Pension Fund of the City of Pensacola, Escambia County; creates defined contribution plan to be entitled Firefighters' Relief and Pension Fund Defined Contribution Plan as required by general law.

   

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 2018 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 - HB 379, HB 493SB 606, HB 615, SB 1518SB 1758, SB 1778

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:  
Contributions and Funding - SB 980, HB 5007SB 7014
Workers Compensation - SB 126, HB 227, SB 376 , HB 629

FRS Programs:
Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) - HB 323, HB 495HB 977, SB 1240
FRS Pension Plan - HB 1209SB 1692
FRS Investment Plan - HB 1209SB 1692

Local Governments:
Administration - SB 980, HB 1363
Local Bills - HB 889 , HB 1139 , HB 1141  

Other:
Investment of State Funds - SB 70

Retirees and Retiree Benefits:  
Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) - HB 665SB 722
Special Risk Disability Retirees - HB 695, SB 900
Reemployment - HB 251SB 406, SB 7026  

   

Summary of Proposed House Bills

CS/CS/CS/HB 227 Details - [Laid on Table, Refer to  CS/CS/SB 376 Summary]
This substitute bill by Representative Willhite would have deleted certain limitations relating to workers’ compensation benefits for first responders; provided that law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics are entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law for mental or nervous injuries, whether or not such injuries are accompanied by physical injuries requiring medical treatment, under specified circumstances.

HB 251 Details - [Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Clemons would have provided an exception to the reemployment after retirement limitations to authorize a retiree of the Florida Retirement System to be reemployed by an employer under certain circumstances.

CS/CS/HB 323 Details[Laid on Table]
This substitute bill by Representatives Fitzenhagen and Ahern would have revised limitations on the maximum length of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program for certain instructional personnel and administrative personnel; required an employer to notify the Division of Retirement of the Department of Management Services regarding any change in termination date and program participation for each affected member.

HB 379 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Willhite would have added 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class; required such members to have retirement benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members; specified required employer retirement contribution rates for new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

HB 493 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Diaz would have added specified positions to the Special Risk Class effective Jan. 1, 2019, for employees of the Florida State Hospital performing duties that involve contact with inmates at least 65 percent of the day.

HB 495 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed HB 495 Bill description above.

HB 615 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Raschein would have added pilots and registered nurses employed by local governments that work on air ambulance services to the Special Risk Class effective July 1, 2018.

HB 629 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Asencio would have revised the standard by which a mental or nervous injury must be demonstrated for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits for employment-related accidents and injuries; removed the limitation that only medical benefits are payable for a mental or nervous injury unaccompanied by a physical injury; revised the eligibility for certain payments provided under the Workers’ Compensation Law.

HB 665 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Clemons would have provided a floor cost-of-living benefit adjustment at 2 percent for members who retire on or after July 1, 2011, who also have service credit earned prior to July 1, 2011.

HB 695 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Latvala would have provided an in-line-of-duty presumption for firefighters who die or are disabled due to cancer under specified circumstances.

HB 889 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed HB 889 Bill description above.

HB 977 Details[Died in Senate Messages]
This bill by Representative Fine would have revised limitations on the maximum length of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program for certain instructional personnel and administrative personnel; required an employer to notify the Division of Retirement of the Department of Management Services regarding any change in termination date and program participation for each affected member.

HB 1139 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed HB 1139 Bill description above.

CS/HB 1141 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/HB 1141 Bill description above.

HB 1209 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Asencio would have revised provisions for FRS Pension Plan participants related to the early retirement benefit calculation and the Deferred Retirement Option Program to conform to changes made by the act; revised provisions related to the benefit commencement age and creditable years of service for FRS Investment Plan participants to conform to changes made by the act.

HB 1363 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative McClure would have revised minimum requirements for actuarial reports for retirement systems or plans subject to part VII of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes; required the governing body responsible for the retirement system or plan to review the enrolled actuary’s statement within a specified timeframe; required the unfunded liability of retirement systems or plans established on or after a certain date to be amortized within a specified timeframe.

HB 5007 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed HB 5007 Bill description above.

   

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

SB 70 Details - [Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Rodriguez would have required the State Board of Administration to divest investments of any institution or company doing business with the government of Venezuela; prohibited the State Board of Administration and state agencies from investing in any institution or company that does business with or invests in the government of Venezuela; authorized the Governor to waive the investment prohibitions if certain conditions exist.

SB 126 Details - [Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Torres would have revised the standard by which a mental or nervous injury must be demonstrated for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits for employment-related accidents and injuries; removed the limitation that only medical benefits are payable for a mental or nervous injury unaccompanied by a physical injury; revised the eligibility for certain payments provided under the Workers’ Compensation Law.

CS/CS/SB 376 Details - [Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/CS/SB 376 Bill description above.

SB 406 Details - [Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Steube would have provided an exception to the reemployment after retirement limitations to authorize a retiree of the Florida Retirement System to be reemployed by an employer under certain circumstances.

SB 606 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Steube 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 applicable to Regular Class members; specified the required employer retirement contribution rates for the new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

SB 722 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Garcia would have provided a floor cost-of-living benefit adjustment at 2 percent for members who retire on or after July 1, 2011, who also have service credit earned prior to July 1, 2011.

CS/CS/SB 900 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Flores would have provided an in-line-of-duty presumption for firefighters who die or are disabled due to cancer under specified circumstances.

SB 980 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Brandes would have revised minimum requirements for actuarial reports for retirement systems or plans subject to part VII of Chapter 112, Florida Statutes; required the governing body responsible for the retirement system or plan to review the enrolled actuary’s statement within a specified timeframe; required the unfunded liability of retirement systems or plans established on or after a certain date to be amortized within a specified timeframe.

CS/SB 1240 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Mayfield would have revised limitations on the maximum length of participation in the Deferred Retirement Option Program for certain instructional personnel and administrative personnel; required an employer to notify the Division of Retirement of the Department of Management Services regarding any change in termination date and program participation for each affected member.

SB 1518 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Rodriguez would have added employees of a water, sewer, or other public works department of a participating employer who work in certain hazardous conditions and individuals employed as police service aides to the Special Risk Class.

SB 1692 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Torres would have revised provisions for FRS Pension Plan participants related to the early retirement benefit calculation and the Deferred Retirement Option Program to conform to changes made by the act; revised provisions related to the benefit commencement age and creditable years of service for FRS Investment Plan participants to conform to changes made by the act.

CS/SB 1758 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Montford would have added specified Florida State Hospital employees to the Special Risk Class.

SB 1778 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Flores would have added certain pilots and registered nurses to the Special Risk Class.

SB 7014 Details[Laid on Table, Refer to  HB 5007 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.

CS/SB 7026 2nd Eng. Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/SB 7026 2nd Eng. Bill description above