Assembly Bill 2544 (Pavley – 2006)
Chapter 862, Statutes of 2006
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 2544 was a single-section bill amending only Government Code section 22892, relating to employer contributions for public employee health benefits. (See Exhibit #1d) This measure was introduced by Assembly member Pavley on February 23, 2006 at the request of the California Professional Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 55. (See Exhibits #1a and #8b, page 1)
Assembly Bill 2544 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security and the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #6) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 2544. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on September 30, 2006, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 862 of the Statutes of 2006. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
A summary of the provisions of Assembly Bill 2544 as last amended on August 15, 2006 is given in the Office of Senate Floor Analyses Third Reading analysis, stating:
This bill changes how the required annual increase in the employer contribution for the active employees of public agencies participating in the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act, (PEMHCA) and a lesser amount for retired employees, is calculated.
Senate Floor Amendments of 8/15/06 clarify that the increase in the employer PEMHCA contribution may occur only once annually, and cannot exceed $100.
(See Exhibit #8b, page 1)