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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 1658
          Author:   Lieu (D)
          Amended:  3/1/10 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE PUBLIC EMP. & RET. COMMITTEE  :  6-0, 6/14/10
          AYES:  Correa, Ashburn, Corbett, Ducheny, Hollingsworth,  
            Liu

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 5/13/10 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    County employees retirement:  service credit:  
          safety member

           SOURCE  :     Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers  
          Assoc.
                      Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
                      Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department


           DIGEST  :    This bill allows former Los Angeles Office of  
          Public Safety employees who are now employed in the Los  
          Angeles County Sheriffs Department, to consolidate their  
          service form both departments as safety service in the Los  
          Angeles County Employees Retirement Association.  Employees  
          who elect to do so will pay the entire cost of  
          consolidating the service.

           ANALYSIS  :    

           Existing Law
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           1.Establishes the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937  
            ('37 Act), covering 20 county retirement associations,  
            including the Los Angeles Employees Retirement  
            Association (LACERA).

          2.Allows a general member of a '37 Act county retirement  
            system, whose position is converted to a safety position,  
            to receive safety retirement credit for some or all  
            service in that position if the employee pays the  
            difference in cost of the member contributions and  
            interest he or she paid as a general member and the cost  
            required to fund the service as safety service.

          This bill allows a former employee of the Los Angeles  
          Office of Public Safety, which was consolidated with the  
          Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, to receive some or all of  
          his or her service with the Office of Public Safety as  
          safety service if the employee pays the entire cost (i.e.,  
          employer and employee contributions and interest) of  
          converting the general service to safety service.

           Comments

           According to the author's office, "In 2009, the Los Angeles  
          County Board of Supervisors consolidated the County's  
          Office of Public Safety into the Sheriff's Department.   
          Those employees of the Office of Public Safety who become  
          deputy sheriffs will have two different retirement  
          benefits.  As employees of the Office of Public Safety,  
          they paid into a General LACERA retirement for their years  
          of employment; yet, as deputy sheriffs, they will receive  
          Safety LACERA retirement from their year of employment in  
          the Sheriff's Department.

          "AB 1658 provides a way for these officers, at their own  
          cost, to have their retirement benefits reflect the risk  
          and duties they daily perform."

           FISCAL EFFECT :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/15/10)


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          Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association  
          (co-source)
          Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (co-source)
          Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (co-source)

           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the Los Angeles  
          County Sheriff's Department, a co-sponsor of this bill,  
          "Providing the opportunity for these members to receive  
          service credit is appropriate and the right thing to do.   
          Their service is appreciated and they should have the  
          option to fully fund their safety retirement."


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall,  
            Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block,  
            Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De  
            La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer,  
            Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey,  
            Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries,  
            Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma,  
            Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello,  
            Nielsen, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas,  
            Saldana, Silva, Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland,  
            Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines,  
            Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Caballero, Norby, Skinner, Vacancy


          CPM:cm  6/15/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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