investment plan

Florida Channel

State employees will be getting a pay raise this year, under a proposal now heading to the Senate floor. But, it’s tied to a controversial pension reform issue and health insurance reform package backed by the House.

Getty Images

Amid budget negotiations, the House and Senate may be using the revival of a controversial pension reform package as a means to get on the same page.

iStockphoto/Getty Images

A controversial pension reform bill that just passed the House is now in the Florida Senate’s hands.

chartingyourfinancialfuture.com

Less than two weeks after the House proposal was unveiled, The Florida House is expected Wednesday to take up a controversial pension reform package.

Florida Channel

Florida House Republicans are back at it again. They’ve revived an effort to make changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

Governor Rick Scott's office

For the second time, Governor Rick Scott has ceremonially signed into law a bill making sure the spouses of fallen law enforcement and first responders receive full death benefits.

flsheriffs.org

Governor Rick Scott has signed a measure into law allowing the surviving spouses of law enforcement or first responders killed in the line of duty to receive a proper death benefit.

MGN Online

A bill allowing the surviving spouses of first responders to receive proper death benefits is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. This could mark the end of a contentious debate over pension reform this year.

Getty Images

The Florida House passed a controversial bill making changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

The House debated a proposal Tuesday that would automatically enroll new state hires into a 401-k style retirement plan instead of a traditional pension.

deputyscottpine.com

A bill stemming from the death of a fallen sheriff’s deputy is putting the House and Senate at odds over a pension reform proposal.

Red Huber, Pool

The names of several Florida law enforcement officers who died while on duty are expected to be etched into a Washington D.C. Memorial next week, after remembrance ceremonies were recently held at the state Capitol. Those honored include a former Sheriff’s deputy, whose family has been awaiting the passage of a bill that would have helped them out financially, but died during the last days of session.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

The sponsor of a measure aimed at overhauling the state’s pension system says that effort’s dead, but bill supporters and opponents alike say they won’t declare the win or loss until the 2014 Legislative Session comes to an end.

It’s Day 59 of the 60-day legislative Session. But, with session coming close to close, a procedural move by Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala Wednesday may have blocked this year’s effort to overhaul the state’s pension system.

Getty Images

The Senate’s pension reform proposal is now heading to the floor, after it passed its last committee Tuesday. But, tension surrounding the pension issue is mounting as those opposed say they’re tired of the legislature’s continual attacks on state workers.

Beverly Ledbetter is a longtime resident of Pasco County. She’s a former teacher who taught for 36 years, and she’s now receiving benefits under the Florida Retirement System’s defined benefit plan known as the traditional pension plan. But, she says it wasn’t always that way.

Getty Images

A passionately-debated effort to overhaul the Florida Retirement System has now been merged with a widely-supported effort to fix local government pensions.  It’s part of an ongoing push by House Speaker Will Weatherford to get his state pension reform effort over the finish line. But, many spoke out against the now-merged House proposal Monday.

Florida Channel

A pension reform proposal is now heading to the House floor, while its Senate companion just cleared its first official committee. While both now scaled-back bills have their differences, they have an equal amount of opposition from public employees and most Democrats stacked against them.

Trilby Republican Senator Wilton Simpson’s bill has gone through several changes, and Thursday, during the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee, it was no different.

MGN Online

A Senate proposal to overhaul the Florida Retirement System could have its first official committee hearing later this week. But, The recently scaled-back proposal—already starting to move in the House—could still be in trouble in the Senate.

Last week, the House State Affairs Committee agreed to advance a measure aimed at overhauling the state’s retirement system.

Florida Channel

A House panel has agreed to advance its version of overhauling the Florida Retirement System, despite much opposition from public employees and Democrats. The newer pension reform proposal is similar to a plan that died in the Senate last year.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

State lawmakers are looking at overhauling the Florida Retirement System, ahead of a study that could show whether exempting a certain group of state employees from the pension change is financially sound. But, the so-called special-risk employee “carve-out” is not swaying the opinion of thousands of police officers, who spoke out against the proposal for the first time Thursday.

florida state fop

The latest opposition to the Republican-led Legislature’s pension reform efforts is the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. First responders would be exempt under any changes lawmakers’ hope to make to the Florida Retirement System, but the group’s President James Preston says he and his fellow officers are still opposed.

Pelican Post

As Florida lawmakers look to overhaul the state’s retirement system, there are multiple hurdles ahead for the pension reform proposals now before the Senate. The two chambers haven’t agreed on a plan yet, a special exemption is splitting employee unions, and a study with the necessary numbers is not yet complete—pitting some Republicans against one another.

Trilby Republican Senator Wilton Simpson, who’s leading his chamber’s effort, says he’s particularly proud of the “Deferred Compensation” program.

Florida Channel

A group of Senators narrowly agreed Tuesday to introduce several bills aiming to reform the Florida Retirement System.

As chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, Trilby Republican Senator Wilton Simpson introduced a series of pension reform proposals. The most debated was a proposal seeking to shift recent hires into a 401K-style plan or the new “cash balance” option, thus eliminating the traditional pension plan for new state employees.

Florida Channel

Two top Republican legislative leaders are revisiting a failed attempt to make changes to the Florida Retirement System. It’s one of five top legislative goals for House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz.

The Florida Senate has essentially killed a House pension proposal favored by Speaker Will Weatherford. A bipartisan group of Senators voted down an amendment that does away with the state’s pension plan for future state employees.

It’s been a matter of contention between the House and Senate with two dueling plans. The House plan favored by House Speaker Will Weatherford leaves new employees with one retirement option.

With session coming close to an end, public employee pension reform in Florida is likely dead. But, if both chambers of the state Legislature do come to an agreement on a pension overhaul bill, which way could the Governor be leaning?

Both the Florida House and Senate have two different proposals that makes changes to Florida’s Retirement System.

Pages