New Battle Brews Over Retirement SystemThe House State Affairs Committee narrowly approved a bill Wednesday that could shift more public employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, setting up a clash with the Senate over pensions and death benefits for first responders.
House Pushes Scaled-Back Pension ReformHouse leaders are gearing up to take another run at overhauling the pension system for state and county employees in the coming legislative session, potentially by tying the controversial changes to limited tweaks sought by the Senate.
Senate To Take Up Local Pension Reform Next WeekThe Florida Senate on Wednesday is set to consider a bill aimed at shoring up the retirement plans for police officers and firefighters, amid worries over the health of local pension systems.
Crisafulli Rules Out State Pension Changes In 2015The House has abandoned plans to overhaul the state pension plan for public employees, at least for this year, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Monday.
House, Senate Leaders Show Signs Of Agreement, DifferencesHouse Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner entered the legislative session Tuesday with a set of shared priorities --- dubbed "Work Plan 2015" --- that includes cutting taxes, crafting a water policy and boosting education spending.
House Passes Pension Bill, Switching Focus To SenateThe debate over the future of state and local pensions pivoted to the Senate on Friday after the House approved a sweeping retirement bill over the objections of Democrats.
Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait? The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It's all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, "bills are dying."
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.
Fla. Supreme Court Weighing FRS Contributions LegalityThe Florida Supreme Court sounded skeptical Friday as it considered a legal challenge to a 2011 law that forced public employees to help pay for their pensions.
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 Sees Flood Of New Retirees In the three months since the legislative session ended, the Florida Retirement System has seen a substantial uptick in the number of new retirees.
Scott Signs Pension Bill In Spite Of LawsuitDespite a lawsuit from the Florida Education Association and countless other public worker unions, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 2100 into law, meaning all government employees to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to the Florida Retirement System.
Pension Changes Advancing In LegislatureBills in the Florida House and Senate that will shift state pensions into investment accounts and require state and local workers to pay into them began moving forward Thursday.
Fla. Senate Panel Limits Pension ContributionsA Senate panel backed off considerably from a proposal to require state workers to make contributions to their pension fund, exempting many state workers, and cutting back the amount others would have to chip in.