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AB-2099 Public employees: annuities and mutual fund custodial accounts.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to allow, as a pilot project, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District flexibility in their 403(b) programs to do the following:
(a) Fully comply with 403(b) regulations and other applicable regulatory guidelines.
(b) Enhance retirement savings opportunities for plan participants.
(c) Include coordinated communication and education programs designed to support education of school employees regarding the benefits of participation in 403(b) plans.
(d) Emphasize transparency and disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest in 403(b) plan design and operation to participants and plan sponsors.
(e) Include high-quality investment options with the lowest costs to participants and their employer.

SEC. 2.

 Section 770.4 is added to the Insurance Code, to read:

770.4.
 (a) For the purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “403(b) product” or “403(b) products” means payroll-deducted, tax-deferred retirement investment products, as described in Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, that comply with applicable state insurance laws, and federal and state securities laws and rules as applied by appropriate regulatory entities.
(2) “School employer” means the Los Angeles Unified School District or the Los Angeles Community College District.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 770.3 and any other law, a school employer may, in the exclusive interests of the plan participants, do one of the following through a due diligence and competitive review process:
(1) Select specific 403(b) products offered by four or more vendors of 403(b) products.
(2) Select specific 403(b) products offered by four or more vendors of 403(b) products and continue to make contributions to a 403(b) product not selected if the school employee purchased or entered into the product before the effective date of the first contract entered into by his or her school employer and the employee has been continuously employed by that same school employer since the employee purchased or entered into that product.
(3) Establish a list of preferred vendors of 403(b) products and communicate that list to school employees as vendors that are recommended to the employees by the joint committee and adopted by the school employer.
(c) The decision whether a school employer elects to exercise its authority pursuant to paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subdivision (b), and the process by which vendors are selected, shall be specified in collective bargaining agreements.
(d) A joint committee made up of exclusive bargaining unit members and management shall be established to make a recommendation to the governing body of a school employer regarding the vendors and the products to be selected if the school employer elects to exercise its authority pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of subdivision (b), or to select the preferred vendors if the school employer elects to exercise its authority pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (b). At least 50 percent of the committee shall consist of bargaining unit members selected by the exclusive representatives of the employees and 50 percent shall consist of administrators selected by management.
(e) The competitive process by which vendors are selected shall include the following requirements:
(1) That prospective vendors shall not communicate with any member of the governing body of the school employer or the committee specified in subdivision (d), except in an official meeting of the governing body or the committee with respect to the competitive review process being undertaken pursuant to this section. A violation of this paragraph shall result in disqualification of the prospective vendor from selection.
(2) That prospective vendors shall not provide any financial payment to any member of the governing body of the school employer or the committee specified in subdivision (d) for the period of time beginning with the start of the competitive review process and ending when the contract or preferred vendor list expires. A violation of this paragraph shall result in disqualification of the prospective vendor from selection.
(3) That vendors shall adhere to any policy adopted by the school employer or the committee specified in subdivision (d) regarding communications and marketing of financial products to employees of the school employer.
(4) A violation of any of the policies specified in this subdivision by a vendor shall result in termination of the contract with the school employer or removal from the preferred vendor list, as applicable.
(f) A school employer that elects to exercise its authority pursuant to subdivision (b) shall report to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2017, the following information, as of September 1, 2012, and as of September 1, 2016:
(1) The percentage of school employees participating in a 403(b) product.
(2) The weighted average fee being charged to school employees participating in a 403(b) product.
(3) The school employer’s administrative costs and workload associated with offering 403(b) products.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2018, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2018, deletes or extends that date.