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2019 Legislation

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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 2019 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:
Elected Officers Class (Judges) - SB 7028
Special Risk Class - HB 511, SB 574, SB 744, HB 803

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:
Contributions and Funding - SB 7016
Forfeiture of Benefits - HB 41

Local Governments:
Administration - HB 41, SB 426, HB 857
Local Bills - HB 901  

Retirees and Retiree Benefits:
Cost-of-Living Adjustment - HB 779SB 784
Reemployment - HB 137, SB 402, HB 631, SB 1096 
Special Risk Class Disability Retirees - SB 426, HB 857

Summary of Proposed House Bills 

CS/HB 41 Details - 
This substitute bill by Representative Drake would provide for forfeiture of benefits of correctional facility employees who commit certain violations; provide enhanced penalties for offenses involving introduction of contraband in correctional facilities when committed by correctional facility employees.

HB 137 Details
This bill by Representative Good would provide that retired instructional personnel may immediately after termination become employed by school district as substitute teacher; authorize retired instructional personnel to be reemployed as substitute teacher and continue receiving retirement benefits; provide requirements for such reemployment.

HB 511 Details -
This bill by Representative Willhite would add 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class of the FRS; require such members to have retirement benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members; specify required employer retirement contribution rates for new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

HB 631 Details
This bill by Representative Watson would provide an exception to reemployment restrictions if employed part time during the 12 calendar months after DROP termination date or effective retirement date if retired prior to July 1, 2010.

HB 779 Details
This bill by Representative Clemons would specify the minimum amount of the factor used to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for Special Risk Class retirees and beneficiaries of the FRS.

HB 803 Details
This bill by Representative Aloupis would add to the FRS Special Risk Class certain employees of specified state hospitals and other facilities who spend a certain amount of time performing duties that involve contact with patients or inmates.

HB 857 Details
This bill by Representative Willhite would grant certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met; require an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of a total and permanent disability; provide for death benefits to a firefighter’s beneficiary if a firefighter dies as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.

CS/CS/HB 901 Details
This substitute bill by Representative Willhite relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, would increase the amount of credited service a member is entitled to each year; revise review procedures at hearing for denial of request for pension benefits; provide for court or administrative agency to defer to board of trustees' interpretation of this special act; revise assumed investment rate of return percentage to conform to increase in amount of credited service member is entitled to each year.

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

SB 402 Details
This bill by Senator Gruters would establish an exception to reemployment after retirement limitations to authorize retired instructional staff to be employed as substitute teachers before meeting the definition of termination; require the State Board of Administration and the Department of Management Services to request a determination letter and private letter ruling from the United States Internal Revenue Service.

CS/SB 426 Details
This substitute bill by Senator Flores would grant certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met; require an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of a total and permanent disability; provide for death benefits to a firefighter’s beneficiary if a firefighter dies as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.

CS/SB 574 Details
This substitute bill by Senator Diaz would add to the FRS Special Risk Class certain employees of specified state hospitals and other facilities who spend a certain amount of time performing duties that involve contact with patients or inmates.

SB 744 Details
This bill by Senator Book would add 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class of the FRS; require such members to have retirement benefits calculated in accordance with provisions for Regular Class members; specify required employer retirement contribution rates for new membership subclass of 911 public safety telecommunicators.

SB 784 Details
This bill by Senator Gruters would specify the minimum amount of the factor used to calculate the cost-of-living adjustment of benefits for Special Risk Class retirees and beneficiaries of the FRS.

SB 1096 Details
This bill by Senator Perry would provide an exception to reemployment restrictions if employed part time during the 12 calendar months after DROP termination date or effective retirement date if retired prior to July 1, 2010.

SB 7016 Details
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would revise the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS.

SB 7028 Details
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would modify provisions authorizing justices or judges to purchase additional service credit in the FRS under certain circumstances to conform to the revisions made to the mandatory judicial retirement age established in section 8, Article V of the State Constitution.