TWO PBA BILLS PASS THROUGH THEIR COMMITTEES WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT AND A THIRD IS EXPECTED TO PASS THIS WEEK!
Commenting on the fast pace of the PBA’s legislative agenda moving through the legislature, Florida PBA President John Kazanjian said, “Thanks to our advocacy and the political relationships we’ve forged, our legislative agenda is moving with an impressive speed and with an unprecedented level of political support. Our executive team continues to make our presence known in the halls of the Capitol and we are already seeing the results of those efforts. Once these Bills pass the full legislature and become law, they will have a lasting positive impact on our members for years to come.”
Below is an update on Three of Our Key Bills:
SB 1086 by Senator Joe Gruters received unanimous approval in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, March 13th. This legislation will strengthen appeals for officers and sanctions against violators when an agency violates the LEO Bill of Rights. The bill is now in the Senate Government Oversight & Accountability Committee.
SB 1034 by Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez received unanimous approval in the Senate Government Oversight & Accountability Committee on Wednesday, March 15th. The legislation allows a correctional officer who is participating in DROP on or after July 1, 2023, to extend for additional 36 calendar months beyond the 60 months as long as the participation in DROP occurs prior to July 1, 2028. The next committee stop for SB 1034 is Senate Community Affairs.
SB 224 by Senator Hooper is expected to be on the Senate Government Oversight & Accountability Committee on Wednesday. This legislation rolls back the age and years of service normal retirement requirement for Tier 2 employees (hired after July 1, 2011) to age 55 after vesting or 25 years of continuous special risk service.