Local Pension Reform Headed To Full SenateAfter a sometimes-tense hearing, the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill aimed at shoring up local pension plans for police officers and firefighters.
Pension Bills Now Coming Together Changes to retirement plans covering hundreds of thousands of public employees started coming together Thursday on both sides of the Capitol, raising the prospects of success on long-stymied issues.
Fla. Speaker Invokes Detroit To Ask For Further Pension ReformFlorida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, along with other legislators, want to continue to change the state’s pension program. Speaker Weatherford on Tuesday went as far as asking voters to support the change to help Florida avoid bankruptcy.
Former Brwd. Commissioner Pleads GuiltyFormer Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin was in court Monday to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges, instead of felony charges. The more serious charges were dropped due to Wasserman-Rubin's deteriorating health.
Fla. House Set To End Traditional State PensionsLegislators in the Florida House are set to pass a bill to end traditional guaranteed pensions for future state and county employees along with teachers.
Panel To Consider Ending Fla. State Pension Plan A House panel will begin consideration of a proposal that will change the state’s retirement system and end guaranteed pensions for new teachers and state and county employees.
Fla. Supreme Court Upholds Forced Contribution To State Pension PlanThe Florida Supreme Court voted Thursday to uphold a law requiring public employees to contribute three percent of their income to the state’s pension plan.
Florida Supreme Court Gets Pension RulingThe battle over a requirement that members of the Florida state employees pension fund pay a 3 percent contribution is far from over. The Florida Supreme Court will consider the ruling by a circuit court judge invalidating the contribution, bypassing the court of appeals.
Republicans Still Unhappy With Pension RulingGov. Rick Scott and Republicans in the Legislature are still unhappy with a judge's decision to strike down last year's pension overhaul, with the Senate budget chief declining to rule out defying a court order to repay state employees.
Judge Strikes Down 3% Pension Requirement For State WorkersA state judge has struck down a new law that required public employees to contribute 3-percent of their income to their retirement pensions.
Florida's Top Stories Of The YearThere was Rick Scott who took over the Florida Governor’s office, the end of the space shuttle program and of course, the Gulf oil spill. Which story do you think made the number one spot as Florida’s top story of the year?
Miami's Budget Stalls Over Police Union ContractThe city of Miami must close a $62 million deficit in the 2012 budget. The first of two public hearings is set for Thursday night and city leaders hope agreements reached with three of four unions may help bring the city closer to a balanced budget.