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AB-1975 Postretirement health benefits: contributions: County of Madera.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1975


Introduced by Assembly Member Bigelow

January 22, 2020


An act to amend Section 19817 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to gambling. add Section 22903 to the Government Code, relating to public employee benefits.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1975, as amended, Bigelow. Gaming Policy Advisory Committee. Postretirement health benefits: contributions: County of Madera.
Existing law, the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA), which is administered by the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, authorizes the board to contract for health benefit plans for employees and annuitants, as defined, which may include employees and annuitants of contracting agencies. PEMHCA prescribes requirements for the contributions of contracting agencies and their employees and annuitants for these benefits and creates alternative funding formulations for specified counties and districts.
This bill would create an alternative funding formulation for employer contributions for postretirement health care benefits for specified employees of the County of Madera. The bill would apply its provisions to unrepresented and extra help employees, appointed department heads, and represented employees, as specified, provided that these employees are otherwise eligible. The bill would require the employees to have a specified minimum amount of service credit, including at least 5 years of service with the county. If the employees are represented, the bill would require a mutually agreed-upon memorandum of understanding regarding contributions for postretirement health benefits consistent with the bill’s provisions to be in place. With regard to unrepresented and extra help employees and appointed department heads, the bill would require a specified resolution to have been adopted by a majority of the county board of supervisors that provides for contributions for postretirement health benefits. Upon satisfaction of these conditions, the bill would prescribe a schedule pursuant to which the county would pay employer contributions for postretirement health care benefits for the employees based on specified percentages associated with the employee’s credited years of service, that would reach 100% when the employee attains 20 years of service. The bill would apply these provisions to employees of the County of Madera first hired and appointed on and after the date the bill becomes effective.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Madera.

Existing law, the Gambling Control Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of various legalized gambling activities and establishments by the California Gambling Control Commission and the investigation and enforcement of those activities and establishments by the Department of Justice. Existing law requires the commission to establish a 10-member Gaming Policy Advisory Committee composed of representatives of controlled gambling licensees and members of the general public in equal numbers. Existing law requires the executive director of the commission to convene the committee, from time to time, for the purpose of discussing matters of controlled gambling regulatory policy and any other relevant gambling-related issue.

This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 22903 is added to the Government Code, to read:

22903.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision, the County of Madera may make contributions for postretirement health benefits as provided in this section, for the following employees, to the extent that they are eligible:
(1) Unrepresented and extra help employees.
(2) Appointed department heads.
(3) Represented employees whose terms and conditions of employment are determined through collective bargaining resulting in a valid, mutually agreed-upon memorandum of understanding.
(b) The contributions described in subdivision (a) are subject to the following:
(1) Employees shall have a minimum of 10 years of service credit with the system with at least 5 years of service credit with the County of Madera.
(2) An agreement, mutually agreed upon through collective bargaining, with all represented employees regarding contributions for postretirement health benefits consistent with this section.
(3) A resolution adopted by a majority of the county board of supervisors that provides for contributions for postretirement health benefits consistent with this section for unrepresented and extra help employees and appointed department heads.
(c) Upon satisfaction of the conditions prescribed by subdivision (b), employer contributions shall be made in the following percentages for the applicable years of service credit:
Credited Years
of Service
Percentage of Employer
Contribution
10 _____
50 _____
11 _____
55 _____
12 _____
60 _____
13 _____
65 _____
14 _____
70 _____
15 _____
75 _____
16 _____
80 _____
17 _____
85 _____
18 _____
90 _____
19 _____
95 _____
20 or more _____
 100 _____
(d) This section shall apply to employees of the County of Madera first hired and appointed on and after the effective date of the act adding this section. This section shall not apply in any way to employees of the Superior Court of the County of Madera.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances in the County of Madera with respect to public employer and employee contributions to health coverage.
SECTION 1.Section 19817 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:
19817.

The commission shall establish and appoint a Gaming Policy Advisory Committee of 10 members. The committee shall be composed of representatives of controlled gambling licensees and members of the general public in equal numbers. The executive director shall, from time to time, convene the committee for the purpose of discussing matters of controlled gambling regulatory policy and any other relevant gambling-related issue. The recommendations concerning gambling policy made by the committee shall be presented to the commission, but are advisory and not binding on the commission in the performance of its duties or functions. The committee shall not advise the commission on Indian gaming.