Today is the deadline for bills to move out of their house of origin or die.
Several bills with potential impact on state workers have been in play this session. We handicapped several Assembly measures in this post. Here's what's happened since then with those bills and one Senate measure, SB 919, supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bill: AB 1699
What it does: Ensures that state employees will continue to be paid even if a budget is not enacted by the beginning of the new fiscal year.
Status: Cleared the Assembly, 54-19. Now it goes to the Senate.
Bill: AB 1765
What it does:Prohibits a state employee from being furloughed, during a time in which California's unemployment rate reaches or exceeds 8.5%, if the employee is in a position funded at least 95% by the federal government, performs services that combat the state's recession, and works for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board or the Employment Development Department. Specifically, this bill prohibits a state employee from being furloughed when certain criteria apply.
Status: Assembly passed on a 55-14 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Bill: AB 2008
What it does: Prohibits state civil service employees of certain specified agencies and boards from being furloughed by the Governor through Executive Order or by any other action of a state agency, board or commission.
Status: Assembly passed 55-21. On to the Senate.
Bill: SB 919
What it does: Alters the Public Employees' Retirement Law to reduce benefits for new hires and increase employee contributions for existing and future hires, among other changes.
Status: Stalled in Senate Public Employment & Retirement Committee, which heard testimony but never took a vote.