SAFETY PERSONNEL RETIREMENT SYSTEM
2004 PROPOSED LEGISLATION
Updated June 7, 2004
***The 46th Legislature, Second Regular Session, adjourned sine die Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 9:58 pm.***
enclosed in a border have been passed.
H 2010 Public
Safety Department Reserves DPS reserves are not entitled to
receive benefits under the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Sponsor: Rep. Huppenthal Current
Action: 2/16 referred to House rules only; 3/1 additionally referred to
house gov-ret; 3/2 from House gov-ret with amend #3477. STRIKER
H 2051 Retirement; PSPRS, Excess Investment Earnings
Changes the excess earnings threshold for the PSPRS from 9.0% to the assumed rate of return as determined by the fund manager, or eight percent, whichever is greater. States that the excess earnings shall be transferred to the excess earnings account only if the fund is at least 85 percent funded. Retroactive to June 30, 2004.
Sponsor: Rep. Huppenthal
Current Action: 1/12 referred to House gov-ret; 1/13 from House gov-ret do pass; 1/14 to House consent calendar; 1/15 from House rules okay; 1/22 passed house 57-0; ready for Senate; 3/1 referred to Senate fin; 3/24 from Senate fin with amend #3991; 4/28 from Senate rules okay.
PSPRS, Military Credit Exclusion of credit
for the military service of members of the PSPRS, if that service is on account
with any other retirement system, is repealed. Sponsor:
Rep. Huppenthal Current Action: 1/14 referred to House gov-ret; 3/2
from House gov-ret with amend #3475.
Sick Leave Pay, Direct Transfer Upon
retirement, a state or county officer or employee may elect to have accumulated
sick leave payouts transferred directly to an eligible retirement plan. Sponsor:
Rep. L. Gray Current Action: 1/19 referred to House educ, gov-ret;
1/21 from House educ do pass; 1/27 from House gov-ret do pass; 2/4 to House
consent calendar; 2/4 stricken from House consent calendar by L. Gray; 2/5 from
House rules okay; 2/12 retained on House COW calendar; 2/19 retained on House
COW calendar; 2/26 House COW approved with floor amend #3409; 3/3 passed House
57-0; ready for Senate; 3/4 referred to Senate gov; 3/16 Senate gov held; 3/23
Senate gov held; 4/7 from Senate gov with amend #4178; 4/13 from Senate rules okay. STRIKER AMENDMENT
H 2361 State Agencies, Outside Council, Procurement
State agencies authorized to retain outside counsel to perform legal services must comply with provisions of the state procurement code and must submit copies of the RFP and name of the proposed outside counsel to JLBC. At conclusion of the proceeding, outside counsel must submit a detailed statement of hours worked, expenses, etc. If the proceeding is a contingent fee case, the state agency is prohibited from paying an hourly rate in excess of $500.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs
Current Action: 1/28 referred to House gov-ret, appro; 2/10 House gov-ret held.
H 2447 Administration Dept Insurance
Authority for the sate Dept of Administration to self-insure for health and accident coverage for state officers and employees is repealed.
Sponsor: Rep. Pearce
Current Action: 1/29 referred to House gov-ret, appro; 2/10 House gov-ret held.
H 2596 State Employees; Active Military
Military reservists who are state employees and are called to active service as a result of a declaration of an emergency by the President or governor are automatically given a leave of absence. The state will make up the difference between the person’s state pay and his/her military pay. This bill repeals and replaces a similar provision in Laws 2002, Ch. 321 that is set to expire July 1, 2004. Retroactive to Sept. 1, 2002.
Sponsor: Rep. A. Aguirre
Current Action: 2/11 referred to House com-mil, appro.
H 2599 Retirement; ASRS, Retiree Health Insurance
Group health insurance offered by ASRS shall have comparable premiums, deductibles and co-payments for all participants regardless of where they live in the state.
Sponsor: Rep. Konopnicki
Current Action: 2/11 referred to House gov-ret, appro.
H 2600 Retiree Health Insurance Study
Legislative Council shall contract with a private entity to perform a study on various alternatives to provide health care coverage to retirees, including the feasibility of a single health insurance program for retirees of all state retirement plans or of allowing retirees to remain in the same health care plan as their previous employers; others. Report due Dec. 1, 2004.
Sponsor: Rep. Konopnicki
Current Action: 2/11 referred to House gov-ret, appro; 2/17 from House gov-ret do pass; 2/24 House appro held; 3/3 from House appro with amend #3505.
H 2650 Investment Protection Committee
Establishes an Investment Protection Committee, in conjunction with the State Treasurer, to share information and ideas between the State Compensation Fund (SCF), the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) to collectively improve the return on investments and to reduce the risks of investments within the participating groups.
Sponsor: Rep. Rosati
Current Action: 2/12 referred to House gov-ret, pub inst-county; 2/24 from House gov-ret do pass; 3/2 from House pub inst-county with amend #3470.
H 2657 Public Safety Meet & Confer Study
A committee of legislators and local officials is created to make recommendations on “meet and confer” legislation for police and fire fighters and study their working conditions. Report is due by Dec. 1, 2004.
Sponsor: Rep. Chase
Current Action: 2/16 referred to House util-muni, pub inst-county; 2/25 from House util-muni do pass; 3/2 from House pub inst-county with amend #3470.
S 1176 Retirement; ASRS, Retiree Health Insurance
Premiums, coverage, co-pay costs, and deductible amounts for health insurance offered by ASRS for its retirees must be comparable for all eligible persons in the state.
Sponsor: Sen. Arzberger
Current Action: 1/27 referred to Senate fin, appro; 2/23 Senate fin held; 3/4 from Senate fin with amend #3526.
S 1192 Retiree Health Insurance Study
JLBC will contract with a private entity to conduct a study and make recommendations on various suggestions to provide a single health insurance plan for retirees in all four state retirement systems.
Sponsor: Sen. Arzberger
Current Action: 1/27 referred to Senate fin, appro; 2/24 from Senate fin do pass.
PSPRS, Pension Limitation Conditions
under which a member is not entitled to receive a pension are expanded to
include conviction of the charge of theft, embezzlement, fraud or
misappropriation of an employer’s property.
Previously, only being discharged for these offenses was cause to
forfeit a pension. See also H
Sen. Martin Current Action: 1/28 referred to Senate fin; 2/2
Senate fin held; 2/10 from Senate fin with amend #3130; 3/16 from Senate rules
okay; 3/18 Senate COW approved with floor amend #3959 and #3960, a substitute for
amend #3130; 3/22 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House; 3/24 referred to House
gov-ret; 3/30 House gov-ret held; 4/6 from House gov-ret with amend #4154; 4/8
additionally referred to House appro.
S 1290 Retirement; State, Retiree Health Insurance
Retired members of must provide written evidence of health care coverage to the fund manager before the fund begins payment of the health care insurance subsidy.
Sponsor: Sen. Martin
Current Action: 2/3 referred to Senate fin; 2/24 from Senate fin do pass; 3/1 to Senate consent calendar; 3/2 from Senate rules okay; 3/3 stricken from Senate consent calendar by Sen. Martin; 3/11 retained on Senate COW calendar.
S 1297 Retirement; Public Safety
Payment for compensatory time is to be included in calculating compensation for retirees under the PSPRS.
Sponsor: Sen. Mead
Current Action: 2/3 referred to Senate fin; from Senate fin do pass.
PSPRS, Accidental Disability The provision
for a reduction in pension benefits imposed on retired members of the PSPRS who
retired under “accidental disability” is deleted. Sponsor:
Sen. Weiers Current Action: 2/4 referred to Senate fin; 2/24 from Senate
fin do pass; 3/1 to Senate consent calendar; 3/2 from Senate rules okay; 3/4
passed Senate 29-0; ready for House; 3/11 referred to House gov-ret; 3/24
withdrawn from House gov-ret and referred to House com-mil; 4/6 from House
com-mil with amend #4151. STRIKER