The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 13, 2013
Poll: California public-employee bills that passed, failed in 2013

With the California Legislature now closed until 2014, here's a quick scorecard on legislation of consequence to state workers (not including contract bills). Will measures that went to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk will become law? Will defeated bills make a comeback next year?

AB 1222 (Bloom and Dickinson) PASSED
Temporarily exempts unionized mass-transit employees from California's new pension law. Keeps billions of dollars in federal mass-transit grants flowing while the courts decide whether pension reform mandates violate collective bargaining and therefore disqualifies agencies that apply the law from receiving the federal funds.

AB 218 (Dickinson) PASSED
Requires that state and local government employers delay asking job applicants about their criminal conviction history until the agency determines potential hires' minimum qualifications. Part of the "ban the box" movement.

AB 906 (Pan) PASSED
Puts limits on outside contracting for personal services and strengthens and requires the state notify employee organizations whose members perform the type of work being outsourced.

AB 872 (Dickinson) DIED IN COMMITTEE
Grants priority to unionized state employees over excluded employees and contractors for filling state positions. Also gives new worker protections, including a shorter timeline for employers to discipline employees.

Required the state develop and administer civics orientation lessons for state employees.

Lengthened the period for state employees hired in 2015 and later from 15 years to 25 years to vest in lifetime retiree medical insurance (up from the current 10 years to 20 years). Also prohibited providing retiree health benefits for those future hires unless the state fully funds those benefits.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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


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