This is the latest installment in a series of posts looking back at the most-read State Worker blog items in 2011.
Republican lawmakers created some brief political thunder but no legislative rain last summer with Senate Constitutional Amendment 13, which would have let voters amend the state constitution's public pension provisions.
GOP Sens. Tom Berryhill of Oakdale, Anthony Cannella of Ceres, Bill Emmerson of Hemet and Tom Harman of Huntington Beach introduced the sweeping legislation in May despite the insurmountable political hurdle of getting majority Democrats' support.
The bill contained provisions found in pension change plans offered by Gov. Jerry Brown and California Pension Reform, including hybrid retirement plans for new hires, an equal split of employer/employee contributions and a ban on service credit purchases. State and local governments would have been impacted.
The measure didn't even get a committee hearing after its introduction, but it still received plenty of attention from State Worker blog users when we first reported it on June 1 under the headline, "Senate Republicans introduce sweeping pension initiative."