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2019 Legislation

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

   

Passed Bills

In the 2019 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 7016 [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2019-8
Effective July 1, 2019, this legislation revises the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS.

Enrolled CS/CS/SB 426, 1st Eng. - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2019-21
Effective July 1, 2019, this legislation grants certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met; requires an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of a total and permanent disability; provides for death benefits to a firefighter’s beneficiary if a firefighter dies as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.

Enrolled CS/HB 7081, 1st Eng.[Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2019-98
Effective July 1, 2019, this legislation changes the mandatory retirement age for judges from age 70 to age 75.

   

Local Bills Passed

Enrolled CS/CS/HB 901 Details - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2019-174
Effective upon becoming law, this legislation relating to the City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, increases the amount of credited service a member is entitled to each year; revises review procedures at hearing for denial of request for pension benefits; provides for court or administrative agency to defer to board of trustees' interpretation of this special act; revises assumed investment rate of return percentage to conform to increase in amount of credited service member is entitled to each year.

Enrolled HB 1323 Details - [Passed, Enrolled] Approved, Chapter No. 2019-181
Effective Oct. 1, 2019, this legislation relating to the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, revises investment policy provisions to conform with 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 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. (Passed bills are shown in boldface type.)

   

Bills Listed by Subject Area

FRS Membership Classes:
Elected Officers Class (Judges) - SB 7028, HB 7081
Special Risk Class - HB 511, SB 574, SB 744, HB 803, SB 1190

FRS Pension Plan Benefits, Right and Features:
Contributions and Funding - HB 5007SB 7016
Forfeiture of Benefits - HB 41, SB 1742

Local Governments:
Administration - SB 426, HB 857, HB 7129
Local Bills - HB 901, HB 1323  

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, HB 7129

   

Summary of Proposed House Bills 

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

HB 137 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Good would have provided that retired instructional personnel may immediately after termination become employed by school district as substitute teacher; authorized retired instructional personnel to be reemployed as substitute teacher and continue receiving retirement benefits; provided requirements for such reemployment.

HB 511 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Willhite would have added 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class of the FRS; 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 631 Details[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Watson would have provided 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[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Clemons would have specified 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[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Aloupis would have added 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[Died in House Committee]
This bill by Representative Willhite would have granted certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met; required an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of a total and permanent disability; provided 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[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/CS/HB 901 bill description above.

HB 1323 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed HB 1323 bill description above.

HB 5007 Details[Laid on Table, Refer to SB 7016 Summary]
This bill by Appropriations and Representative Cummings would have revised the required employer retirement contribution rates for members of each membership class and subclass of the FRS.

CS/HB 7081, 1st Eng. Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/HB 7081, 1st Eng. bill description above. 

HB 7129 Details[Laid on Table, Refer to CS/CS/SB 426, 1st Eng. Summary]
This bill by Representative Ingoglia would have granted certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer if certain conditions are met; required an employer to make certain disability payments to a firefighter in the event of a total and permanent disability; provided for death benefits to a firefighter’s beneficiary if a firefighter dies as a result of cancer or cancer treatments.

   

Summary of Proposed Senate Bills

SB 402 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Gruters would have established an exception to reemployment after retirement limitations to authorize retired instructional staff to be employed as substitute teachers before meeting the definition of termination; required 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/CS/SB 426 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed CS/CS/SB 426, 1st Eng. bill description above.

CS/SB 574 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Diaz would have added 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[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Book would have added 911 public safety telecommunicators to the Special Risk Class of the FRS; 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.

CS/SB 784 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This substitute bill by Senator Gruters would have specified 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[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Perry would have provided 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 1190 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Montford would have added 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 1742 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Senator Gainer would have provided for forfeiture of benefits of correctional facility employees who commit certain violations; provided enhanced penalties for offenses involving introduction of contraband in correctional facilities when committed by correctional facility employees.

SB 7016 Details[Passed, Enrolled]
See Passed SB 7016 bill description above.

SB 7028 Details[Died in Senate Committee]
This bill by Governmental Oversight and Accountability would have modified 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.