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          Date of Hearing:   April 23, 2014

            ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL  
                                      SECURITY
                                  Rob Bonta, Chair
              AB 2476 (P.E.,R.& S.S. Com.) - As Amended:  April 21, 2014
           
          SUBJECT  :   Employment after retirement: eligibility.

           SUMMARY  :   Makes technical corrections to the Public Employees'  
          Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) in order to clarify the  
          Legislature's intent in enacting PEPRA and to assist affected  
          employers and retirement systems in implementation of PEPRA.   
          Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Clarifies that, for legislative employees, the Senate  
            Committee on Rules or the Assembly Rules Committee makes the  
            certification necessary in order to bring a retired annuitant  
            back to fill a critically needed position before the person  
            has been retired for 180 days. 

          2)Clarifies that, for employees of the California State  
            University (CSU), the Trustees of the CSU make the  
            certification necessary in order to bring a retired annuitant  
            back to fill a critically needed position before the person  
            has been retired for 180 days.

          3)Clarifies that, for judicial employees, the Administrative  
            Office of the Courts makes the certification necessary in  
            order to bring a retired annuitant back to fill a critically  
            needed position before the person has been retired for 180  
            days.

          4)Clarifies terminology in the sections governing forfeiture of  
            benefits when a member of a public retirement system has been  
            convicted of a felony, as specified. 

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Establishes comprehensive public employee pension reform  
            through enactment of PEPRA (and related statutory changes)  
            that apply to all public employers and public pension plans on  
            and after January 1, 2013, excluding the University of  
            California and charter cities and counties that do not  
            participate in a retirement system governed by state statute.








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          2)Prohibits a person who retires on or after January 1, 2013,  
            from returning to work as a retired annuitant for a period of  
            180 days after retirement unless the action is approved in an  
            open meeting, as specified by the governing body of the  
            employer, or by California Department of Human Resources  
            (CalHR) authority if state retiree, as specified.  

          3)Requires public officials and employees to forfeit pension and  
            related benefits if they are convicted of a felony in carrying  
            out official duties, in seeking an elected office or  
            appointment, or in connection with obtaining salary or pension  
            benefits.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :   Unknown.

           

          COMMENTS  :   According to the author, "The bill enacting PEPRA,  
          AB 340 (Furutani), Chapter 296, Statutes of 2012, passed at the  
          end of the 2012 session as a conference committee report  
          following over a year of meetings, hearings, and various  
          legislative efforts relative to comprehensive pension reform.   
          Due to the scope of the bill and its complexity, and the  
          requirement that a conference report may not be amended once in  
          print, a number of provisions needed to be clarified.  Last  
          year's bill, SB 13 (Beall), Chapter 528, Statutes of 2013, made  
          a number of clarifying changes to PEPRA but additional minor  
          clarifications are necessary.  This bill will provide employers  
          and retirement system administrators with better guidelines for  
          fully implementing the requirements of AB 340."

           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :   

           Support 
           
          None on file

           Opposition 
           
          None on file
           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Karon Green / P.E., R. & S.S. / (916)  
          319-3957 









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