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Wilson Signs Bill Changing County Pension Rules

September 09, 1993

Gov. Pete Wilson on Wednesday signed into a law another bill aimed at curtailing lucrative pension benefits for top Los Angeles County officials.

The bill was the third growing out of stories in The Times last year that detailed how county bureaucrats--acting without a vote of the Board of Supervisors or a study of the financial impact--adopted rules dramatically increasing pension benefits primarily for a small group of elected officials and top managers. The increases of up to 19% brought some officials' pensions to more than $125,000 a year.

The new law, introduced by Assemblywoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk) and supported by Los Angeles County, allows the Board of Supervisors to end the controversial practice of awarding higher pensions by calculating benefits such as medical insurance and transportation allowances as part of an employee's salary.

The measure applies only to future hires.

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