The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 21, 2011
Committee agenda packed with state worker and retiree bills

Thumbnail image for 100715 Senate Logo.jpgThe Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee meets at 2 p.m. today to talk over several bills that have implications for current and retired state workers, including:

SB 27 (Simitian): Curtails pension spiking and restricts any CalPERS or CalSTRS member who retires on or after January 1, 2013, from returning to public employment as a part-time worker, a private contractor, or employee of a third party contractor for 180 days following their retirement date.

SB 259 (Hancock): Gives collective bargaining rights to student employees at the University of California, California State University, and Hastings College of Law.

SB 270 (Hernandez): Would give state employee salaries a continuous appropriation so that their pay can't be withheld to the federal minimum allowed during a budget impasse. (This is at least the fifth time this legislation has been introduced. Click here for more history.)

SB 318 (De León): Would allow rank and file California Highway Patrol officers and cadets to have appeal rights before the State Personnel Board during the probationary period.

SB 322 (Negrete McLeod): Clarifies the law on multiple employers and pension limits. (CalPERS already applies the limitation, according to the Senate analysis of the bill.)

SB 350 (Negrete McLeod): Makes changes to civil service preretirement death benefits.

SB 439 (Negrete McLeod): Lowers from $420 to $50 the value of allowable gifts given each year to CalPERS and CalSTRS board members and specified staff from entities doing business with either system. (CalPERS' board supported the measure last week, with one abstention: J.J. Jelincic, who also is an investment officer for the fund. He criticized the bill in this Pensions & Investments story posted today.)

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