1st Engrossment - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to retirement; correcting Minneapolis 1.3 firefighters relief association provisions; amending 1.4 certain administrative procedures; amending Minnesota 1.5 Statutes 2001 Supplement, sections 423C.01, 1.6 subdivisions 17, 25; 423C.03, subdivisions 4, 6; 1.7 423C.04, subdivisions 1, 4; 423C.05, subdivisions 5, 1.8 6, 7, 9. 1.9 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.10 Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 1.11 423C.01, subdivision 17, is amended to read: 1.12 Subd. 17. [EXCESS INVESTMENT INCOME.] "Excess investment 1.13 income" means the amount, if any, by which the average 1.14 time-weighted total rate of return earned by the special fund in 1.15 the most recent prior five fiscal years has exceeded the actual 1.16 average percentage increase in the current monthly salary of a 1.17 first grade firefighter in the most recent prior five fiscal 1.18
yearyears plus two percent. The excess investment income must 1.19 be expressed as a dollar amount and may not exceed one percent 1.20 of the total assets of the special fund, except when the 1.21 actuarial value of assets of the special fund ,according to the 1.22 most recent annual actuarial valuation prepared in accordance 1.23 with sections 356.215 and 356.216 ,is greater than 102 percent 1.24 of its actuarial accrued liabilities, in which case the amount 1.25 must not exceed 1.5 percent of the assets of the special fund. 1.26 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 1.27 423C.01, subdivision 25, is amended to read: 2.1 Subd. 25. [SURVIVING SPOUSE MEMBER.] "Surviving spouse 2.2 member" means a person who was: 2.3 (1) legally married to, and residing with, an active, 2.4 deferred, or retired member both during the time the member was 2.5 regularly entered on the payroll and serving on active duty in 2.6 the fire department and at the time of the member's death; 2.7 (2) not in a common law marriage;and 2.8 (3)(2) in the event the person was married to a retired or 2.9 deferred member, married to that retired or deferred member for 2.10 at least two yearsone year prior to the member's discharge from 2.11 the fire department. 2.12 Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 2.13 423C.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 2.14 Subd. 4. [BOND FOR EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND TREASURER.] (a) 2.15 The executive secretary and the treasurer must furnish to the 2.16 relief association a corporate bond for the faithful performance 2.17 of the duties of that office in an amount as the board of 2.18 trustees from time to time may determine, subject to the minimum 2.19 amount specified in section 69.051, subdivision 2. 2.20 (b) The relief association must pay the premiums on these 2.21 bonds from the generalspecial fund of the relief association. 2.22 Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 2.23 423C.03, subdivision 6, is amended to read: 2.24 Subd. 6. [ADDITIONAL BOARD POWERS.] (a) In addition to the 2.25 powers granted the board by this chapter, chapter 317A, other 2.26 applicable state and federal law, and its articles and bylaws, 2.27 the board shall authorize and create a board of examiners. 2.28 (b) The board of examiners shall investigate and report on 2.29 all applications for disability pensions and make 2.30 recommendations as to the amount to be paid to each applicant; 2.31 investigate and report on all disability pensioners and make 2.32 recommendations as to the amount of pension to be paid to them, 2.33 from year to year; and investigate and report on all 2.34 applications for service pensions and claims for relief. This 2.35 board shall consist of a competent physician selected by the2.36 association andat least three members of the board of the 3.1 relief association on active duty with the fire department. 3.2 Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 3.3 423C.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read: 3.4 Subdivision 1. [DUTIES.] The association shall create, 3.5 maintain, and administer the funds and accounts in this 3.6 section. The association shall have full and permanent charge 3.7 and the responsibility for the proper management and control of 3.8 all funds that may come into its possession under this section. 3.9 The sources of revenue and authorized disbursements of each fund 3.10 and account are governed by this section. 3.11 Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 3.12 423C.04, subdivision 4, is amended to read: 3.13 Subd. 4. [HEALTH INSURANCE ACCOUNTS.] Notwithstanding any 3.14 law to the contrary, special fund contributions of active 3.15 members of the association with at least 25 years of service 3.16 made after the 25th year of service must be deposited in a 3.17 separate account and used to pay health care costs of the 3.18 individual member upon retirement. The board shall adopt rules 3.19 regarding the frequency and amounts of distributions from these 3.20 accounts. A member with an account established pursuant to this 3.21 section is entitled, upon retirement or disability, to receive 3.22 periodic distributions from the account, in the amount and with 3.23 the frequency specified by the retiringmember consistent with 3.24 the board's rules. 3.25 Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 3.26 423C.05, subdivision 5, is amended to read: 3.27 Subd. 5. [SERVICE-RELATED PERMANENT DISABILITY PENSION.] 3.28 An active member who becomes permanently disabled as the result 3.29 of a service-related disease or injury shall, upon application 3.30 and approval of the board, be entitled to a pension of 4241 3.31 units or in the amount determined under subdivision 8. The 3.32 application for service-related permanent disability shall 3.33 include a certificate from a qualified medical professional 3.34 setting forth the permanent nature of the disability or disease 3.35 and that it was service related. The board shall utilize the3.36 board of examiners established pursuant to section 423C.03,4.1 subdivision 6, to investigate and make recommendations on an4.2 application for a pension pursuant to this subdivision.4.3 Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 4.4 423C.05, subdivision 6, is amended to read: 4.5 Subd. 6. [NON-SERVICE-RELATED PERMANENT DISABILITY 4.6 PENSION.] An active member who, by sickness or accident, becomes 4.7 permanently disabled from performingand unable to perform 4.8 firefighter duties for the fire department due to 4.9 non-service-related disease or injury shall be entitled to a 4.10 permanent disability pension. No allowance for disability shall 4.11 be made unless notice of the disability and an application for 4.12 benefits is made by or on behalf of the disabled member within 4.13 90 days after the beginning of the disability. This application 4.14 shall include a certificate from a qualified medical 4.15 professional setting forth the cause, nature, and extent of the 4.16 disability. The board shall utilize the board of examiners4.17 established pursuant to section 423C.03, subdivision 6, to4.18 investigate and report on an application for benefits pursuant4.19 to this section and make recommendations as to eligibility and4.20 the benefit amount to be paid.A member entitled to a 4.21 disability pension under this subdivision shall receive benefits 4.22 in the amount and manner determined by the board, not to exceed 4.23 41 units. 4.24 Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 4.25 423C.05, subdivision 7, is amended to read: 4.26 Subd. 7. [SURVIVING SPOUSE AND DEPENDENT PENSIONS.] 4.27 Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, when a service 4.28 pensioner, disability pensioner, deferred pensioner, or active 4.29 member of the association dies, recipient beneficiaries are 4.30 entitled to a pension or pensions, as follows: 4.31 (1) to a surviving spouse, a pension of 22 units per month; 4.32 (2) a surviving spouse of a deceased service pensioner, 4.33 disability pensioner, or deferred pensioner who is otherwise not 4.34 qualified for a pension may receive a benefit if the surviving 4.35 spouse was legally married to the decedent for a period of two 4.36 years and was residing with the decedent at the time of death. 5.1 The surviving spouse benefit provided in this clause is the same 5.2 as that provided to those who meet the definition of surviving 5.3 spouse under section 423C.01, subdivision 25, except that if the 5.4 surviving spouse is younger than the decedent, the surviving 5.5 spouse benefit must be actuarially equivalent to a surviving 5.6 spouse benefit that would have been paid to the member's spouse 5.7 had the member been married to a person of the same or greater 5.8 age than the member's age prior to retirement. A benefit paid 5.9 in this circumstance may be less than 17 units notwithstanding 5.10 the minimum set out in this clausesubdivision; 5.11 (3) to each dependent, if the dependent's other parent is 5.12 living, a pension not to exceed eight units per month. 5.13 Dependents between the ages of 18 and 22 may continue to receive 5.14 a pension upon board determination that the dependent complies 5.15 with the requirements of section 423C.01, subdivision 11, and 5.16 applicable association bylaws, except that if the dependent 5.17 marries before the age of 22 years the pension shall cease as of 5.18 the date of the marriage. The board shall make the final 5.19 determination with respect to eligibility for benefits and 5.20 compliance with section 423C.01, subdivision 11; 5.21 (4) each dependent of a deceased member after the death of 5.22 the dependent's other parent, or in the event the other parent 5.23 predeceases the member, is entitled to receive a pension in the 5.24 amount the board deems necessary to properly support each 5.25 dependent until the dependent reaches the age of not less than 5.26 16 and not more than 18 years. Dependents between the ages of 5.27 18 and 22 may be entitled to continue receiving a pension upon 5.28 board determination that the dependent complies with the 5.29 requirements of section 423C.01, subdivision 11, and applicable 5.30 association bylaws, except that if the dependent marries before 5.31 the age of 22 years the pension shall cease as of the date of 5.32 the marriage. The board shall make the final determination with 5.33 respect to eligibility for benefits and compliance; and 5.34 (5) the total pension payable to a surviving spouse and all 5.35 dependents of a deceased member shall in no event exceed 4142 5.36 units per month. 6.1 Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2001 Supplement, section 6.2 423C.05, subdivision 9, is amended to read: 6.3 Subd. 9. [ALTERNATIVE SERVICE PENSION FOR UNMARRIED 6.4 MEMBER.] A retired member submitting an application for a 6.5 service pension who iswas not legally married on September 1, 6.6 1997, and remainsremained unmarried on the effective date of6.7 Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 10, article 15October 6.8 25, 2001, may, if the member had obtained 25 years of service 6.9 credit on or before October 25, 2001, select a service pension 6.10 of 42.3 units in lieu of a service pension under subdivision 2. 6.11 Sec. 11. [INTENT.] 6.12 Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 10, article 15, 6.13 other than section 5, subdivision 9, of that article, was 6.14 intended to recodify the prior local laws applicable to the 6.15 Minneapolis firefighters relief association as they then 6.16 existed. The provisions in sections 1, 2, 6, 8, and 9 are 6.17 intended to clarify eligibility for various benefits and to 6.18 correct provisions of Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 6.19 10, article 15. If any provision of this act or Laws 2001, 6.20 First Special Session chapter 10, article 15, other than section 6.21 5, subdivision 9, of that article, result in a member receiving 6.22 a benefit that the member would not have otherwise been entitled 6.23 to receive prior to the effective date of Laws 2001, First 6.24 Special Session chapter 10, article 15, the secretary of the 6.25 Minneapolis firefighters relief association shall notify the 6.26 executive director of the legislative commission on pensions and 6.27 retirement and the mayor of the city of Minneapolis. 6.28 Sec. 12. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 6.29 The provisions of sections 1, 2, 7, 9, and 10 are effective 6.30 retroactive to October 25, 2001. The provisions of sections 3 6.31 to 6 and 8 are effective the day following final enactment.