Senate local (S.B. 1128) and state (S.B. 1130) retirement reform bills received their first hearing on Tuesday and Thursday in the Senate Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability. S.B. 1128 was heard on Tuesday, while S.B. 1130 was heard on Thursday. Proposed amendments would amend S.B. 1128 to provide local governments more flexibility by allowing employees to choose either a defined contribution plan or a defined benefit plan. Proposed amendments to S.B. 1130 would be more dramatic, in that elected officials, senior management, and anyone making more than $75,000 would be required to contribute up to four percent of their salary, while all other state employees would be required to contribute up to two percent of their salary. The proposed amendments also would reestablish the pension system for state workers earning less than $75,000, and increase the vesting requirement to eight years (from six years, currently). Finally, the amendments would require elected officials, senior management, and all other state workers earning more than $75,000 to enroll in the defined contribution retirement plan (a choice that is currently optional). State workers have not been required to contribute to their retirement plans since approximately 1974. Final action was not taken on either the bills or proposed amendments; both bills will be heard again during the first week of the regular legislative session for a final vote.