- Support For Senate Bill 184
The Judicial Fairness Act of 2019
Honorable Gavin Newsom
Re: Support for SB 184
Dear Governor Newsom,
I am a California judicial officer and am writing to offer my unequivocal support for Senate Bill 184, authored by Senator John Moorlach.
SB 184 addresses the unfair and harsh cliff-vesting under the Judicial Retirement System II (JRS II). Under the current provisions of JRS II, applicable to judges and justices who assumed office between 1994-2012, a judge at age 65 with at least 20 years of service, or at age 70 with a minimum of 5 years of service, may retire and receive a lifetime defined benefit.
SB 184 provides for a deferred retirement for a judge who is at least 60 years of age with 5 or more years of service or who has 20 or more years of service, regardless of age. This is an important change to allow judges who do not serve until age 65 with 20 years of service to defer their retirement benefits until a later time, something that’s consistent with virtually all state employees who may retire and keep their money on deposit until a later time.
SB 184 responds to judges who face personal and family crises and other hardships and simply allows for a deferment of benefits. Private employers are prohibited from imposing a cliff-vesting requirement on employees and JRS II is the only state retirement plan with a cliff-vesting rule. SB 184 is a reasonable fix and adjustment to this inequity.
I urge you to SUPPORT this modest pension reform legislation and sign SB 184.
Yours very truly,