Legislation

Overview

Legislation

CCCERA is governed by the California Constitution (Article 16 – Public Finance, Section 17); the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL); the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA), and is subject to various other state and federal laws including the Internal Revenue Code. These laws are continuously changing. 

CCCERA’s legislation section helps to keep you informed about recent legislation that may have an effect on your retirement benefits. For the most current information on California legislation, refer to the California Legislative Information website.

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AB 2473
County Employees Retirement Law of 1937: federal law compliance

Effective January 1, 2015, AB 2473 added language to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 (CERL) in order to comply with federal law requirements.  The bill:

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AB 2474
County employees retirement: benefits

Effective January 1, 2015, AB 2474 clarified the PEPRA definition of final compensation as it applies to PEPRA members who have less than three years of service, and require that the final compensation be determined by dividing the total compensation by the number of months of service credited to the member and multiplying by 12.  The bill also clarified that, when determining final compensation for PEPRA members, the computation for any absence shall be based on the pensionable compensation earned by the member during the absence.

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AB 1824
County employees’ retirement: optional settlements revision

This is an optional provision that becomes effective only upon its adoption by the CERL Retirement Board.  The CERL permits a member or retired member of a CERL retirement system, prior to the time that the first payment of any retirement allowance is made, to elect certain optional settlements, which operate to reduce the allowance payable to the member through his or her life and provide for a subsequent payment to another party or parties, including his or her spouse.

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SB 673
County employees’ retirement: Contra Costa County

Effective January 1, 2015, SB 673 makes the CCCERA retirement system an independent “district” and the employer for its entire staff, subject to terms and conditions of employment established by the board of retirement.

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AB 197
Change In Compensation For Retirement Calculations

AB 197 Frequently Asked Questions

On September 12, 2012, the Governor signed into law Assembly Bill 197, with an effective date of January 1, 2013. The measure changed how county retirement boards were permitted to calculate their current members’ retirement allowances.

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