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SDCERA’s legislation section helps to keep you informed about recently proposed, chaptered, adopted and vetoed legislation that may have an effect on your retirement benefits. For the most current details on these or other bills, refer to the California legislative information website.

Bills chaptered (signed into law)
The following bills were signed into law and became effective January 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

AB 2473—Federal Law Compliance
Assembly Bill (AB) 2473 revises various provisions of County Employees Retirement Law (CERL) of 1937 to explicitly conform with federal law. It provides that accrued benefits are nonforfeitable upon termination or discontinuance of contributions under the system. Upon withdrawal of a district from a retirement system, this law prohibits a refund, distribution or transfer of contributions or other funds unless it is in compliance with IRC 401(a). It authorizes a retirement system to apply specified earnings to designated health benefits provided federal requirements are met. It specifies that if a county establishes a Post-Employment Benefits Trust Account, that it must be used exclusively to provide health benefits for retired members, spouses and dependents. It requires the Board of Retirement to establish criteria under which a bona fide separation has occurred. The law also requires federal law compliance for optional long term care or vision benefits, as well as making various technical, nonsubstantive changes to CERL.

AB 2474—Final Compensation: Death Benefits
Assembly Bill (AB) 2474 clarifies that the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013 definition of final compensation applies to temporary, seasonal and part-time employees. For PEPRA members, this law requires that death benefits and military service purchase be based on pensionable compensation. The law makes conforming changes to County Employees Retirement Law (CERL) of 1937 to specify that a person ceases to be a member for any portion of service as an elected public officer, or as a public employee whose benefits have been forfeited due to felony conviction. It includes further revisions and clarification regarding the calculation of death and military benefits.