House Speaker Steve Crisafulli has expressed interest in returning to the issue of pension reform and two state senators filed a bipartisan bill this week that would overhaul local pension plans.
Fleming Island Republican Sen. Rob Bradley and Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring from Margate presented SB 172 for the 2015 legislative session starting in March. The proposal is similar to one that failed last session after it was tacked on to another controversial measure seeking to change the Florida Retirement System for state workers and public employees such as teachers.
Former House Speaker Will Weatherford supported amendments to the Florida Retirement System, but was unable to get the Florida Senate to go along, so both pension issues died in the Senate.
Since becoming speaker in November, Crisafulli said the two pension issues could move independently in 2015.
“They have been tied together in the past,” he said last month, “but as far as the conversations that are being had right now, they are separate.”