California Justices To Rule On Closely Watched Pension Suit

The California Supreme Court will rule on a lawsuit that has the potential to upend California's long-held rule that retirement benefits for government workers can never be taken away once promised.

Posted: Mar. 4, 2019 3:45 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court will rule on a closely watched lawsuit that has the potential to upend California's long-held rule that retirement benefits for government workers can never be taken away once promised.

At issue in the decision the justices will release on Monday is a provision of a 2012 pension reform law backed by former Gov. Jerry Brown. That provision eliminated the ability of public workers to pay for more years of service for a more lucrative pension when they retire.

Attorneys for a union argued that the change violated a long line of California court rulings that have made pension benefits for existing employees sacrosanct.

The justices during a hearing in the case in December appeared inclined to sidestep the larger issue over the sanctity of pension benefits.

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