HEADLINES : California
Action slow so far on governor's pension reforms
It's been 12 months since Gov. Jerry Brown announced his proposals to reform the public pension system, yet action on his 12-point plan has been slow.
That has led Republican lawmakers to accuse the Democrats who control the Legislature of stalling.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg acknowledged the slow pace, but says Democrats are making progress. He says the issue is complicated.
Brown's reform package called for increasing the retirement age to 67 for new, non-public safety employees and having government workers pay more toward their pensions and retiree health care. The governor also would put new workers in a hybrid plan that includes a 401(k)-style vehicle.
Republican Sen. Mimi Walters of Lake Forest criticized the hearings held so far, calling them "more fluff and not so much substance."