A key legislative committee isn't going to act on a package of public pension reforms proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted by Republicans in their own bills.
Assembly pension committee chairman Warren Furutani said in a letter that surfaced today that GOP measures that mirror Brown's 12-point reform plan won't be heard in his committee. Furutani also co-chairs a special conference committee that is working on public pension reform, and bills could surface there.
"I believe it is appropriate this year to limit the bills considered this year in the policy committees to those that are not within the purview of the Conference Committee," Furutani said in an April 18 letter to Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita.
Smythe and his fellow Republicans co-opted Brown's pension plan earlier this year, putting it, word-for-word, into legislation. Brown, who linked pension reform with a successful appeal to voters for tax increases, has said little about pension reform in the last few months. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said that the Legislature will pass pension reform this year.