House to consider lowering first responder retirement age, increasing employee contributions

An amendment to the House’s proposed budget could allow Florida’s first responders to access full retirement benefits sooner. It could also increase benefits for hundreds of thousands of state employees hired over the past 12 years.

A committee substitute enmienda filed for a retirement bill (HB 239) could increase benefits for nearly 629,073 members of the Florida Retirement System and for 151,913 current retirees.

The change would reduce the minimum age to reach full retirement from 60 to 55 for law enforcement officers, firefighters, correctional officers and emergency medical technicians. It would also reduce the required years of service to access

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