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SF 1352

as introduced - 83rd Legislature (2003 - 2004) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to retirement; public employees retirement 
  1.3             association police and fire plan; authorizing survivor 
  1.4             benefit for the survivor of a deceased member. 
  1.5   BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
  1.6      Section 1.  [SURVIVOR BENEFIT FOR DECEASED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES 
  1.7   RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION POLICE AND FIRE PLAN MEMBER.] 
  1.8      Subdivision 1.  [APPLICATION.] An eligible individual under 
  1.9   subdivision 2 is eligible to receive the benefit specified in 
  1.10  subdivision 3 upon satisfying requirements specified in 
  1.11  subdivision 4. 
  1.12     Subd. 2.  [ELIGIBILITY.] An eligible individual is a member 
  1.13  of the public employees retirement association general plan and 
  1.14  a surviving spouse of a deceased previous member of the public 
  1.15  employees retirement association police and fire plan who:  (1) 
  1.16  was born on October 10, 1933; (2) was injured on April 29, 1977, 
  1.17  while performing duties as the chief of police for the city of 
  1.18  Hayfield; (3) applied for disability benefits on April 17, 1978; 
  1.19  (4) was denied disability benefits by the public employees 
  1.20  retirement association board of trustees based on all available 
  1.21  medical evidence and the advice of the board's medical advisor 
  1.22  on September 6, 1978; (5) received a refund of employee 
  1.23  contributions to the public employees retirement association 
  1.24  police and fire plan; and (6) died on March 13, 1999. 
  1.25     Subd. 3.  [BENEFIT AMOUNT.] An annuity is payable to the 
  2.1   eligible individual under subdivision 2, computed assuming the 
  2.2   deceased police officer had elected a 100 percent 
  2.3   joint-and-survivor annuity.  The annuity accrues from the 
  2.4   effective date of this section.  Any amounts representing 
  2.5   monthly annuity payments prior to the date all requirements 
  2.6   under subdivision 4 are met are payable as a lump sum amount 
  2.7   payable on the first of the month following the date all 
  2.8   requirements under subdivision 4 are met.  The executive 
  2.9   director is authorized to transfer assets representing the full 
  2.10  actuarial reserves for the annuity authorized under this 
  2.11  subdivision from the public employees retirement association 
  2.12  police and fire fund to the Minnesota postretirement investment 
  2.13  fund. 
  2.14     Subd. 4.  [COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH REVIEW; OTHER 
  2.15  REQUIREMENTS.] (a) The commissioner of health shall review the 
  2.16  autopsy of the deceased previous member and all related medical 
  2.17  records provided by the eligible individual, to determine 
  2.18  whether the previous member of the public employees retirement 
  2.19  association police and fire fund plan described in subdivision 2 
  2.20  would have been disabled as a result of the April 29, 1977, 
  2.21  injury.  The findings of the commissioner are final, not subject 
  2.22  to further administrative or judicial review or appeal, and must 
  2.23  be filed with the executive director of the public employees 
  2.24  retirement association, the eligible individual under under 
  2.25  subdivision 2, and the executive director of the legislative 
  2.26  commission on pensions and retirement. 
  2.27     (b) Benefits are payable under this section if the board of 
  2.28  trustees approves payment after considering the determination of 
  2.29  the commissioner of health within 60 days of receiving the 
  2.30  commissioner's determination under this section. 
  2.31     (c) When the eligible individual applies for retirement or 
  2.32  reaches normal retirement age, whichever is sooner, the benefit 
  2.33  payable to the individual shall be the higher of the survivor 
  2.34  benefit payable under this section or the individual's 
  2.35  retirement benefit determined at that time. 
  2.36     (d) The eligible individual under subdivision 2 must 
  3.1   provide the executive director of the public employees 
  3.2   retirement association with all relevant documentation to verify 
  3.3   that all remaining eligibility requirements in this section are 
  3.4   satisfied and with any other applicable information that the 
  3.5   executive director may request. 
  3.6      Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
  3.7      Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment.