Assembly Bill 266 (Longville-1999)
Chapter 27, Statutes of.1999
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The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Governor prepared on the final version of Assembly Bill 266 provides the following summary of the proposals in the bill:
This bill provides that members of the San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association with credit for 30 years of continuous service would not have retirement contributions deducted from their salaries, if approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
(See Exhibit #10, document PE-2)
Background on this bill was provided in the analysis prepared by the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security as follows:
Currently in San Bernardino County, general employees who were hired on or before March 19, 1973 and all safety employees regardless of date of hire are able to discontinue their normal contributions to the county's retirement system if they have 30 or more years of service in the system. This bill would extend this benefit to all long service general employees in the County regardless of their date of hire.
(See Exhibit #3)
In his letter to Governor Davis, Assembly member Longville explained the rationale underlying this legislation:
Public employees are a very valuable resource, and the public interest is well served by retaining these employees. Under AB 266, the employee contribution that would normally be paid into the system would actually be returned to the employee, providing a financial incentive for talented career employees with a wealth of knowledge and experience to remain in active employment.
(See Exhibit #10, document PE-4)
The Enrolled Bill Memorandum to the Governor notes there was support for this bill by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Association. (See Exhibit #10, document PE-2)
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