Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R) on April 16, 2015 To prohibit public school districts from adopting arrangements in which a school employee goes to work full time for a teachers union but remains a school employee for purposes of collecting a government pension. Recent news reports
have exposed how the recent presidents of the state’s largest teacher union were paid by the union but remained school employees "on leave" for many years, thereby "spiking" their government pension payouts to six-figure amounts. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 16, 2015
Reported in the Senate on June 17, 2015 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on November 10, 2015 To require the legislature to appropriate extra money to the (underfunded) school employee pension system to cover the pension fund contributions that would not be made if these union officials were no longer considered school employees. Defenders of this practice contend that the pension fund would suffer, but independent pension experts believe this would be overcome by relieving the state of paying pension expenses that are not covered by district contributions.