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SB 128/a STATE FIRE RETIREMENT

Sen Michael Padilla

Actions: [2] SCC/SHPAC/SFC-SCC-germane-SHPAC [4] DP/a-SFC [7] DP - PASSED/S (37-0) [10] HLVMC/HJC-HLVMC [14] DP-HJC- w/drn [15] PASSED/H (61-0)

Scheduled: Not Scheduled

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Summary:
 Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) creates a state fire member; provides a definition for a "state fire member"; changes the name of State Police Member, Correctional Officer Member and Probation and Parole Officer Member Coverage Plan 1 to State Public Safety Member Coverage Plan 1; includes state fire member under State Public Safety Member Coverage Plan 1; and makes technical changes. 
Legislation Overview:
 Senate Bill 128 (SB 128) creates a state fire member; provides a definition for a "state fire member"; changes the name of State Police Member, Correctional Officer Member and Probation and Parole Officer Member Coverage Plan 1 to State Public Safety Member Coverage Plan 1; includes state fire member under State Public Safety Member Coverage Plan 1; and makes technical changes.

The definition of “state fire member” is added, to mean any member who is employed as a non-volunteer firefighter of the state fire marshal's office and who has taken the oath prescribed for firefighters; "state fire member" includes the state fire marshal and deputy state fire marshals.

State fire members are added to those eligible for the newly named State Public Safety Member Coverage Plan 1, and all those previously included as eligible parties in the previous ‘State Police Member, Correctional Officer Member and Probation and Parole Officer Member Coverage Plan 1 are now referred to as ‘Public Safety Members’.
 
Current Law:
 The current name for a retirement plan related to police officers, correctional officers, and probation/parole officers reflects just those positions, and does not recognize state fire members. The proposed plan now includes state fire members and the title of the plan is broadened to include all of the previous eligible members as well. If the bill does not pass, state fire members will not be included under the plan, and the longer, more specific title of the plan will remain in place. 
Amendments:
 Amended January 29, 2024 in SHPAC

SHPACa/SB 128: The Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee amends the bill as follows:

1. On page 9, line 25, strike "2025" and insert in lieu thereof "2024". 

2. On page 11, line 3, strike "2025" and insert in lieu thereof "2024", on line 5, strike "2025" and insert in lieu thereof "2024" and on line 8, strike "2025" and insert in lieu thereof "2024". 

3. On page 14, line 17, strike "December" and insert in lieu thereof "June".
 
Relates To:
 House Bill 88 (HB 88) – Firefighter Recruitment Fund in DFA
Senate Bill 21 (SB 21) – Local Firefighter Recruitment