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AB-161 Public employees’ retirement: pension fund management.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 7514.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

7514.2.
 (a) As used in this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) “Board” means the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Teachers’ Retirement Board, or the board of retirement or board of investments of a retirement system established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 31450) of Part 3 of Division 4 of Title 3).
(2) “Infrastructure” includes, but is not limited to, telecommunications, power, transportation, ports, petrochemical, and utilities.
(b) A board may, subject to and consistent with its fiduciary duties and the standard for prudent investment set forth in Section 20190 of this code, Section 22203 of the Education Code, and Section 17 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, prioritize investment in an in-state infrastructure project over a comparable out-of-state project. The Public Employees’ Retirement System infrastructure investment staff shall work with appropriate state agencies to produce an annual list, that may be provided to each board, of priority infrastructure projects most suitable for funding. For purposes of this subdivision, “suitable” means, but is not limited to, projects that are less likely to be impeded by the prohibited transaction and exclusive benefit rules. 
(c) The Legislature encourages each board to prioritize investment in in-state infrastructure projects over alternative out-of-state infrastructure projects if the investments in the in-state projects are consistent with the board’s fiduciary duties to minimize the risk of loss and to maximize the rate of return.
(d) Nothing in this section shall require a board to take action that is inconsistent with its plenary authority and fiduciary responsibilities, as described in Section 17 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.