The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 29, 2008
Billwatch: Governor acts on state worker bills

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this weekend plowed through a mountain of bills addressing issues that affect state workers. Here's some of what we've noticed so far:

Vetoed:

SB 1718 would have required that the state conduct a comprehensive annual survey of public entities to find out what they pay their legal professionals. DPA would have had to report its findings to the Legislature, Governor and the exclusive representative of Bargaining Unit 2 (which represents attorneys, administrative law judges and hearing officers) by March 15 of each year.

SB 1505, which aimed to strengthen legal protections for whistleblowers.

Signed into law:

AB 1844, based on recommendations by Schwarzenegger's Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission, aims to increase public employee benefits transparency through more reporting. It also adds detection tools that various retirement systems need to detect and prosecute fraud.

SB 1123 revises pension sunshine laws and creates the California Actuarial Advisory Panel, "to provide impartial and independent information to pensions, other post employment benefits, and best practices to public agencies."

AB 2023 restricts information considered for a disability retirement benefit by CalPERS, CalSTRS and 20 counties to "competent medical documentation." It also prohibits personnel, disciplinary, or other non-medical issues from being considered.

Thanks to the Dean of Capitol Coverage, Dan Walters, for lending a hand.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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