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SF 2583

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/20/2019 03:07pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to retirement; Minnesota State Retirement System administrative revisions;
establishing application filing procedures; clarifying voting rights of unclassified
plan members; establishing rights upon partial repayment of a refund; payment of
contributions for retroactive coverage elected by employees of the Department of
Military Affairs and the Fire Marshal Division; making other changes of an
administrative nature; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 3A.02, by
adding a subdivision; 352.03, subdivisions 1, 1b; 352.113, subdivision 2; 352.115,
subdivision 7, by adding a subdivision; 352.23; 352.85, subdivision 4; 352.87,
subdivision 8; 352B.08, by adding a subdivision; 352D.05, subdivision 3; 352F.04,
subdivision 1; 490.126, subdivision 3; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 356; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352F.06.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 3A.02, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Application procedure. new text end

new text begin The application for a benefit or refund made under
this chapter must comply with section 352.115, subdivision 7a.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.03, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Membership of board; election; term.

(a) The policy-making function
of the system is vested in a board of 11 members known as the board of directors. This
board shall consist of:

(1) three members appointed by the governor, one of whom must be a constitutional
officer or appointed state official and two of whom must be public members knowledgeable
in pension matters;

(2) four state employees elected by active deleted text beginmembersdeleted text end and deleted text beginformerdeleted text end new text begininactive vested new text endmembers
deleted text begin eligible for a deferred annuity fromdeleted text end new text beginof new text endthe general state employees retirement plannew text begin and
members with an account balance in the unclassified employees retirement program
new text end,
excluding employees and deleted text begindeferred annuitantsdeleted text end new text begininactive vested members new text endfor whom a board
member is designatednew text begin under clause (3)new text end;

(3) one employee of the Metropolitan Council's transit operations or its successor agency
designated by the executive committee of the labor organization that is the exclusive
bargaining agent representing employees of the transit division;

(4) one employee who is a member of the State Patrol retirement plan elected by active
deleted text begin membersdeleted text end and deleted text beginformerdeleted text end new text begininactive vested new text endmembers deleted text begineligible for a deferred annuity fromdeleted text end new text beginof new text endthat
plan;

(5) one employee who is a member of the correctional state employees retirement plan
established under this chapter elected by active deleted text beginmembersdeleted text end and deleted text beginformerdeleted text end new text begininactive vested new text endmembers
deleted text begin eligible for a deferred annuity fromdeleted text end new text beginof new text endthat plan; and

(6) one retired employee of a plan included in the system, elected by disabled and retired
employees of the plans administered by the system at a time and in a manner determined
by the board.

(b) The terms of the four elected state employees under paragraph (a), clause (2), must
be staggered, with two of the state employee board positions elected each biennium, whose
terms of office begin on the first Monday in May after their election. Elected members and
the appointed member of the Metropolitan Council's transit operations hold office for a term
of four years and until their successors are elected or appointed, and have qualified.

(c) An employee or former employee of the system is not eligible for membership on
the board of directors. A state employee on leave of absence is not eligible for election or
reelection to membership on the board of directors.

(d) The term of any board member who is on leave for more than six months
automatically ends on expiration of the term of office.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.03, subdivision 1b, is amended to read:


Subd. 1b.

Membership voting limitations.

new text begin(a) new text endActive members and deleted text beginformerdeleted text end new text begininactive
vested
new text endmembers deleted text begineligible for a deferred annuity fromdeleted text end new text beginof new text enda plan under this chapter deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end chapter
352Bnew text begin, or chapter 352Dnew text end are eligible to vote in board elections as further specified and restricted
in this section.

new text begin (b)new text end Retired members and disabilitants from a plan in the system may vote only for the
retired member position under subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (6).

new text begin (c)new text end If deleted text begina formerdeleted text end new text beginan inactive vested new text endmember deleted text begineligible for a deferred annuity fromdeleted text end new text beginof new text enda plan
under this chapter deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin,new text end chapter 352Bnew text begin, or chapter 352Dnew text end is deleted text begina deferred annuitant fromdeleted text end new text beginan inactive
vested member of
new text endmore than one plan covered by the system, that person is eligible to vote
only in elections applicable for deleted text begindeferred annuitants fromdeleted text end new text begininactive vested members of new text endthe
plan in the system from which the person last received allowable service.

new text begin (d)new text end If a person is an active member of a plan in the system and is deleted text begina deferred annuitantdeleted text end
new text begin an inactive vested member new text endor a retiree from another plan or plans in the system, the person
is only eligible to vote in board elections applicable due to the active member plan
membership.

new text begin (e) new text endIf a person is deleted text begina deferred annuitantdeleted text end new text beginan inactive vested member new text endfrom a plan in the
system and is also a retiree from another plan in the system, the person is only eligible to
vote in elections applicable due to the retiree status.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.113, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Application; accrual of benefits.

(a) An employee making claim for a total
and permanent disability benefit, or someone acting on behalf of the employee upon proof
of authority satisfactory to the director, shall file a written application for benefits in the
office of the system on or before the deadline specified in subdivision 4, paragraph (g).

(b) The application must be in a form and manner prescribed by the executive directornew text begin
and include the medical reports required by subdivision 4, paragraph (b)
new text end.

(c) The benefit shall begin to accrue the day following the start of disability or the day
following the last day paid, whichever is later, but not earlier than 180 days before the date
the application is filed deleted text beginwith the directordeleted text endnew text begin in an office of the systemnew text end.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.115, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Application for annuity.

Application for annuity or optional annuity payment
may be made by the employee at time of retirement, or by someone acting deleted text beginindeleted text end new text beginon new text endbehalf of
the employeedeleted text begin,deleted text end upon proof of authority satisfactory to the director.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.115, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 7a. new text end

new text begin Application procedure. new text end

new text begin (a) The filing of an application of an annuity, refund,
disability benefit, survivor benefit, death benefit, or other monthly benefit authorized by
this chapter, chapters 3A, 352B, 352D, or 490 must comply with this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (b) Filing of an application under paragraph (a) is not complete until an original
application and supporting documents are received in an office of the system or received
by a person authorized by the director. An original application may not be an electronic
copy or facsimile copy and if received in an office of the system, must be delivered by
personal service or mail.
new text end

new text begin (c) In this subdivision, "supporting documents" are:
new text end

new text begin (1) documents sufficient to verify birth;
new text end

new text begin (2) documents sufficient to verify marital status or establish the terms of a divorce, if
applicable;
new text end

new text begin (3) the acknowledgment required by section 356.46, subdivision 3, paragraph (b).
new text end

new text begin Supporting documents are not required to be original documents except as determined
by the director.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.23, is amended to read:


352.23 TERMINATION OF RIGHTS; REPAYMENT OF REFUND.

(a) When any employee accepts a refund as provided in section 352.22, all existing
allowable service credits and all rights and benefits to which the employee was entitled
before accepting the refund terminate.

(b) Terminated service credits and rights must not again be restored until the former
employee acquires at least six months of allowable service credit after taking the last refund
and repays all refunds previously taken from the retirement fund with interest as provided
in paragraph (d).new text begin If an employee repays only part of a refund or repays a refund in partial
payments as permitted under paragraph (d), service credit will be restored in accordance
with section 356.44. An employee will not be considered as entitled to any other benefit,
including benefits for which the employee may be eligible because of the employee's original
hire date into public employment, until full repayment of all refunds has been made.
new text end

(c) Repayment of refunds entitles the employee only to credit for service covered by (1)
salary deductions; (2) payments previously made in lieu of salary deductions as permitted
under law in effect when the payment in lieu of deductions was made; (3) payments made
to obtain credit for service as permitted by laws in effect when payment was made; and (4)
allowable service previously credited while receiving temporary workers' compensation as
provided in section 352.01, subdivision 11, paragraph (a), clause (3).

(d) Payments under this section for repayment of refunds are to be paid with interest at
the applicable annual rate or rates specified in section 356.59, subdivision 2, compounded
annually, from the date the refund was taken until the date the refund is repaid. Repayment
may be made in partial payments consistent with section 356.44 during employment or in
a lump sum up to six months after termination from service.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.85, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Election of coverage.

To be covered by new text beginthis new text endsectiondeleted text begin 352.85deleted text end, any employee of
the Department of Military Affairs, described in subdivision 1, must file a notice with the
executive director of the system on a form prescribed by the executive director stating
deleted text begin whether or notdeleted text end new text beginthat new text endthe employee elects to be covered. Notice must be filed within 90 days
of employment. new text beginElected coverage is effective retroactively as of the first day of employment.
Amounts that would have been deducted from the employee's salary starting with the first
day of employment but were not deducted because the employee had not yet filed the election
must be deducted from the employee's future salary in accordance with a schedule of
deductions determined by the executive director and the Department of Military Affairs.
new text end Elections are irrevocable during any period of covered employment.new text begin A failure to file a timely
notice is deemed a waiver of coverage by this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352.87, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Election of coverage.

To be covered by this section, an employee of the
Department of Public Safety described in subdivision 1 who is employed in a position
described in that subdivision must file a notice with the executive director of the deleted text beginMinnesota
State Retirement
deleted text end system on a form prescribed by the executive director stating deleted text beginwhether or
not
deleted text end new text beginthat new text endthe employee elects to be covered by this section. Notice must be filed within 90
days of employment. new text beginElected coverage is effective retroactively as of the first day of
employment. Amounts that would have been deducted from the employee's salary starting
with the first day of employment but were not deducted because the employee had not yet
filed the election must be deducted from the employee's future salary in accordance with a
schedule of deductions determined by the executive director and the Department of Public
Safety.
new text endElections are irrevocable during any period of covered employment. A failure to
file a timely notice is deemed a waiver of coverage by this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352B.08, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Application procedure. new text end

new text begin The application for a benefit or refund made under
this chapter must comply with section 352.115, subdivision 7a.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352D.05, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Full or partial withdrawal.

After termination of covered employment or at
any time thereafter, a participant is entitled, upon application, to withdraw the cash value
of the participant's total shares or leave such shares on deposit with the supplemental
retirement fund. The account is valued at the end of the most recent United States investment
market day following receipt of the application for withdrawal. new text beginThe application for
withdrawal must be an original application, not an electronic or facsimile copy and must
be received in an office of the system or by a person authorized by the executive director.
new text end Shares not withdrawn remain on deposit with the supplemental retirement fund until the
former participant becomes at least 55 years old, and applies for an annuity under section
352D.06, subdivision 1.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352F.04, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Enhanced augmentation rates.

The deferred annuity of a terminated
hospital employee is subject to augmentation under Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 352.72,
subdivision 2, except that the rate of augmentation to be applied each January 1 isnew text begin set by
this subdivision. For augmentation through December 31, 2018, the rate of augmentation
is set under Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 352.04, subdivision 1. For augmentation
beginning January 1, 2019, the rate of augmentation is
new text end the following:

January 1, 2019
4.5 percent
January 1, 2020
3.75 percent
January 1, 2021
3.0 percent
January 1, 2022
2.25 percent
January 1, 2023
1.5 percent
January 1, 2024
0.75 percent
After December 31, 2024, the deferred annuity must not be augmented.

Augmentation for each year is effective as of January 1 of that year.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [356.97] INFORMATION SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY.
new text end

new text begin The executive directors subject to the standard of fiduciary conduct under chapter 356A
and the boards to which they report are exempt from the requirements of chapter 16E. An
executive director or board may use services provided by the Office of MN.IT Services.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 490.126, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Application for annuity or refund.

An application for an annuity or a refund
under this chapter may be made by the potential annuitant or by someone authorized to act
for the potential annuitant. Every application for an annuity or refund, accompanied by a
proof of age and by a record of years of service when required, must be submitted to the
executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System in a form prescribed by the
director.new text begin Except as provided for in this chapter, the application for an annuity, benefit, or
refund under this chapter must comply with the filing procedures in section 352.115,
subdivision 7a.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 15. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 352F.06, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 19-4622

352F.06 APPLICATION OF REEMPLOYED ANNUITANT EARNINGS LIMITATIONS.

The reemployed annuitant earnings limitations of section 352.115, subdivision 10, apply to any service by a terminated hospital employee as an employee of Fairview, University of Minnesota Physicians, or University Affiliated Family Physicians.