Special Session to Override Vetoes

Florida legislature has called a special session to begin on November 16th at 10:00 specifically to consider overriding the vetoes Governor Charlie Crist

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The newly elected Florida legislature has called a special session to begin on November 16th at 10:00 specifically to consider overriding the vetoes Governor Charlie Crist instituted back in May.

As you will recall, Crist’s veto nullified a reduction in the interest rate paid to DROP participants from 6.5% down to 3% in House Bill 5607. It also would have established the basis for employer contributions into the pension plan.

While we don’t know if those line item vetoes will be a target of the special session, we can only imagine the legislators will be keen on overriding anything that Crist Vetoed. You will recall that these are the bills that passed without being discussed in committee where opposing views could be voiced.  It is essential that all 685,000 members contact  their Representatives and Senators and urge them to NOT override the FRS veto’s, as well as making sure your Legislators know that you do not want them reducing or changing the benefits that were promised to you at the time of employment.   Numbers count,  encourage your fellow workers and FRS members to call and share this information.

Please refer to this list to find the contact information for your Representatives:

Florida Representatives

And here to find the contact information for your Senators:

Florida Senators

Remember, their job is to represent YOU.  Make sure they hear your opinion!

  • Joyce Young1

    I urge all Florida legislators to uphold the vetoes imposed by Crist regarding the Florida Retirement System, the DROP program and the COLA . Please listen to the people and consider what’s best for our citizens who are retired after years of service to our great state.

  • Chardem

    Please,I urge all Florida legislators to uphold the vetoes imposed by Crist regarding the Florida Retirement System, the DROP program and the COLA. Please consider us,State workers who are members of the DROP program or will become members of the DROP Program. I have worked tirelessly to serve all people of Florida for the Medicaid system for better health care for them. The state workers report alleged cases of fraud to Progrm Intregity. Many of us are volunteers for community service and work to give to the FSEC.
    I am sure that the legislators have invested in their own retirement funds while State workers have recived no pay raises for the last 5 years. Higher copays and less life insurance was the last that we received from the last session.
    Thank God we have a job and it looks like no one will be able to afford to retire.

  • ajc722

    If the FRS is so called “overhauled” and these major adjustments are made, the exedus of senior employees will be monumental. Every state office will have to go through a long and painful transition with replacement employees. Who will train them? All of the senior personell took the money and ran. I dont blame them either. To adjust the final compensation divisor from the last five to total years service would cost the average state employee 2/3 of there expected retirement. I dont mind contributing to my retirement, but dont take2/3 of my pension. Also high risk positions should be left alone. If Corrections, LEO and Fire/EMS are reduced, then so should Judges.