Florida Justices to Decide State Workers Pension Case

Sep 7, 2012

Can the State of Florida require its employees to contribute to their own retirement plan? Oral arguments on both sides of that question were waged this morning before the Florida Supreme Court.

Lawmakers began requiring employees pay 3 percent of their salaries last year to cover part of their pension. Several unions and almost two dozen employees sued saying the requirement violated their contracts and collective bargaining rights.

Two days after the second deadline, more than 500 government employees still had not filed the required financial disclosure forms with the state.

Late fees are adding up, but the state doesn’t have the power to collect them.

A law is being proposed to change that.

More than 37,000 state employees and leaders fall under a statute that requires them to file information about their personal financial interests.

Those who didn’t file by the July 1st deadline were notified by the state and given a two month grace period. The second deadline was Tuesday.

A federal judge has announced a move to permanently block the state’s voter registration restrictions, following a temporary block a few months ago.

Federal Judge Robert L. Hinkle announced he was siding with a coalition of voting rights groups.

However, advocates are worried the law already did some damage to registration numbers.

Deirdre Macnab is the state director for the Florida League of Women Voters. Her group informs voters of polling locations and amendments. But they also do one other very important thing: they register voters—a lot of voters.