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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 under consideration
The following bill(s) are pending in the California Legislature, and are not currently law.

AB 2473—Federal Law Compliance
Assembly Bill (AB) 2473 would revise various provisions of the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 to conform to federal law. It provides that accrued benefits are nonforfeitable upon termination or discontinuance of contributions under the system. This bill would prohibit a refund, distribution or transfer of contributions or other funds upon withdrawal of a district from a retirement system, unless it is in compliance with IRC 401(a). It would authorize a retirement system to apply specified earnings to designated health benefits in compliance with federal requirements. This bill has been enrolled and presented to the governor.

Bills chaptered (signed into law)
The following bills were signed into law and became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.

AB 1380—Eligibility for Retirement, age/years of services
Assembly Bill (AB) 1380 prohibits applying the current age and years of service credit formula from specific County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 sections to members subject to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). This law makes PEPRA members (Tier C) eligible to retire once they have completed five years of service and reached the applicable minimum retirement age, or have reached age 70 if they are still an active member.
SB 13—PEPRA clean-up legislation
Senate Bill (SB) 13 clarifies provisions of the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). It allows reciprocal local public retirement systems to fully implement the original pension reform act measures and grants local systems the authority to adopt resolutions to implement PEPRA requirements.