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:
And here to find the contact information for your Senators:
Remember, their job is to represent YOU. Make sure they hear your opinion!