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SF 605

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:14am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to retirement; aeronautics; modifying provisions relating to disability or
retirement of Department of Transportation pilots; amending Minnesota Statutes
2008, section 352.86.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 352.86, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Eligibility; retirement annuity.

A person who is employed by the
Department of Transportation in the civil service employment classification of aircraft
pilot or chief pilotnew text begin ,new text end who is covered by the general employee retirement plan of the system
under section 352.01, subdivision 23, who elects this special retirement coverage under
subdivision 3, deleted text begin who is prohibited from performing the duties of aircraft pilot or chief pilot
after reaching age 65 by a policy adopted by the commissioner of transportation,
deleted text end and
who terminates employment as a state employee on or after age 62 but prior to normal
retirement agenew text begin ,new text end is entitled, upon application, to a retirement annuity computed under
section 352.115, subdivisions 2 and 3, without any reduction for early retirement under
section 352.116, subdivision 1.

Subd. 1a.

Disability benefits.

An employee described in subdivision 1, deleted text begin who is
less than 62 years of age and
deleted text end who becomes disabled and physically or mentally unfit
to perform occupational duties due to injury, sickness, or other disability, and who is
found disqualified for retention as chief pilot or pilot as a result of a physical examination
required by applicable federal laws or regulations, deleted text begin is entitled upon application to disability
benefits for a maximum of five years in the
deleted text end new text begin may submit an application for disability
benefits calculated under section 352.113, subdivision 3. In addition, an
new text end amount of 75
percent of current monthly salarydeleted text begin , todeleted text end new text begin less the amount payable under section 352.113,
subdivision 3, must
new text end be paid by the appointing authority from the state airports fundnew text begin for
five years or until normal retirement age, whichever is sooner
new text end . deleted text begin Disability benefits must not
continue after the employee reaches age 62.
deleted text end These benefits are in lieu of all other state
benefits for the disability, including, but not limited to, workers' compensation text begin
This subdivision does not apply to any pilot or chief pilot hired after August 1, 2009.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Additional contributions.

The special retirement annuity authorized by
subdivision 1 deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin must new text end be financed by an employee contribution from the covered aircraft
pilot or chief pilot of 1.6 percent and an employer contribution from the Department of
Transportation of 1.6 percent. These contributions are in addition to the contributions
required by section 352.04, subdivisions 2 and 3. They must be made in the manner
provided for in section 352.04, subdivisions 4, 5, and 6.

Subd. 3.

Election of coverage.

To be covered by this section, an employee of the
Department of Transportation described in subdivision 1 who deleted text begin isdeleted text end new text begin wasnew text end employed in the
described position deleted text begin on July 1, 1982, or afterdeleted text end new text begin before January 1, 2008,new text end must deleted text begin filedeleted text end new text begin have filednew text end
a notice with the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System on a
form prescribed by the executive director stating whether or not the employee elects to
be covered by this special plan. Notice must deleted text begin bedeleted text end new text begin have beennew text end filed deleted text begin by August 1, 1982, ordeleted text end
within 90 days of employmentdeleted text begin , whichever is laterdeleted text end . Elections are irrevocable during any
period of covered employment.