This guest post was authored by Alison Neufeld

sacramento.jpgPublic sector pension reform has been a hot topic for months. But despite the public focus on the Governor’s 12-Point Pension Reform Plan, voter initiatives, charter amendments, litigation and bankruptcies fueled by unfunded pension liabilities, time seemed to be running out for pension reform during the current


This guest post was authored by Connie Almond

This legislative season various “post-Bell” laws were proposed to prevent excessive compensation for public officials and to foster greater transparency in local governance.  One bill which was adopted, AB 1344, made significant changes in both respects.

AB 1344 prohibits an employment contract between a local