After 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.
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.
Florida 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 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.
Legislators in the Florida House are set to pass a bill to end traditional guaranteed pensions for future state and county employees along with teachers.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
Gov. 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.
A state judge has struck down a new law that required public employees to contribute 3-percent of their income to their retirement pensions.