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AB-1692 County employees’ retirement: Contra Costa County.(2015-2016)

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Assembly Bill No. 1692
CHAPTER 123

An act to add Section 31755.4 to the Government Code, relating to county employees’ retirement.

[ Approved by Governor  August 17, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State  August 17, 2016. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1692, Bonilla. County employees’ retirement: Contra Costa County.
The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA) generally requires a public retirement system, as defined, to modify its pension plan or plans to comply with the act and, among other things, prohibits a public employer that offers a defined benefit pension plan from exceeding specified retirement formulas for new members, as defined. The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) authorizes counties to establish retirement systems pursuant to its provisions in order to provide pension benefits to county and district employees. CERL, among other things, authorizes the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County to make a Tier Three retirement plan applicable to certain nonsafety officers and employees for whom the board is the governing body, as specified, and sets forth the terms and conditions of disability retirement allowances for Tier Three members.
This bill would authorize the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County to apply those terms and conditions to nonsafety officers and employees who are new members subject to the retirement formulas specified in PEPRA and for whom the board is the governing body.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 31755.4 is added to the Government Code, to read:

31755.4.
 (a) The Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County may, by adopting an ordinance, make this section applicable to officers and employees for whom the board is the governing body.
(b) This section shall not apply to any officer or employee who is a safety member.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, members whose benefits are determined under Section 7522.20 shall be eligible for a disability retirement allowance under the same terms and conditions provided in Section 31755 for members covered by Tier Three. The board may not grant a disability retirement allowance to a member whose benefits are determined under Section 7522.20 except as provided in Section 31720.1. The amount of the disability retirement allowance for a member whose benefits are determined under Section 7522.20 shall be as set forth in Section 31727.01.
(d) Notwithstanding any other law, members whose benefits are determined under Section 7522.20 who have been retired for disability shall be eligible for cost-of-living adjustments under the same terms and conditions provided in subdivision (h) of Section 31755 for members covered by Tier Three who have been retired for disability.
(e) This section shall apply only in Contra Costa County.