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CHAPTER 349--H.F.No. 3082

An act

relating to retirement; various retirement plans; adding two employment positions to the correctional state employees retirement plan; including certain departments of the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and the Worthington Regional Hospital in privatized public employee retirement coverage; providing for the potential dissolution of the Minnesota Post Retirement Investment Fund; increasing teacher retirement plan reemployed annuitant earnings limitations; temporarily exempting Metropolitan Airports Commission police officers from reemployed annuitant earnings limits; mandating joint and survivor optional annuities rather than single life annuities as basic annuity form; making various changes in retirement plan administrative provisions; clarifying direct state aid for the teacher retirement associations; clarifying the handling of unclaimed retirement accounts in the individual retirement account plan; providing for a study of certain Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System tenure track faculty members; modifying the manner in which official actuarial work for public pension plans is performed; allowing pension plans greater latitude in setting salary and payroll assumptions; extending amortization target dates for various retirement plans; making the number and identity of tax-sheltered annuity vendors a mandatory bargaining item for school districts and their employees; allowing a certain firefighter relief association certain benefit increases; requiring a review of teacher benefits; allowing security broker-dealers to directly hold local pension plan assets; increasing upmost flexible service pension maximum amounts for volunteer firefighters; creating a voluntary statewide volunteer firefighter retirement plan advisory board within the Public Employees Retirement Association; allowing various retirement plans to accept labor union retired member dues deduction authorizations; authorizing various prior service credit purchases; authorizing certain service credit and coverage transfers; authorizing a disability benefit application to be rescinded; authorizing a retirement coverage termination; providing an additional benefit to certain injured Minneapolis bomb squad officers; allowing certain Independent School District No. 625 school board members to make back defined contribution retirement plan contributions; revising post-2009 additional amortization state aid allocations; modifying PERA-P&F duty disability benefit amounts; authorizing a PERA prior military service credit purchase; revising the administrative duties of the board and the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System; appropriating money;

amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 6.67; 11A.18, subdivision 9, by adding subdivisions; 16A.055, subdivision 5; 43A.346, subdivisions 4, 5, 6, 7; 69.011, subdivision 1; 123B.02, subdivision 15; 352.03, subdivisions 4, 5; 352.12, subdivision 2; 352.22, subdivision 10; 352.931, subdivision 1; 352.97; 352.98, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 352D.075, subdivision 2a; 353.01, subdivisions 10, 11a, by adding a subdivision; 353.27, by adding a subdivision; 353.30, subdivision 3; 353.33, subdivision 5; 353.64, subdivision 11; 353.656, subdivision 2; 353D.05, subdivision 2; 353D.12, subdivision 4; 353E.07, subdivision 7; 354.05, subdivision 37; 354.33, subdivision 5; 354.44, subdivision 5; 354A.12, subdivision 3a; 354A.31, subdivision 3; 354B.20, by adding a subdivision; 354B.25, subdivision 5, by adding a subdivision; 354C.165; 356.20, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a; 356.214, subdivisions 1, 3, by adding a subdivision; 356.215, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 8, 11, 18; 356.24, subdivision 1; 356.41; 356.46, as amended; 356.47, subdivision 3; 356.551, subdivision 2; 356.611, subdivision 2, by adding a subdivision; 356A.06, subdivisions 1, 7, 8b; 356B.10, subdivision 3; 363A.36, subdivision 1; 383B.914, subdivision 7; 423A.02, subdivision 1b; 424A.001, subdivision 6, by adding a subdivision; 424A.02, subdivisions 3, 7, 9; 424A.05, subdivision 3; 518.003, subdivision 8; Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, sections 43A.346, subdivisions 1, 2; 352.01, subdivision 2a; 352.017, subdivision 2; 352.91, subdivision 3d; 352.955, subdivisions 3, 5; 353.01, subdivision 2b; 353.0161, subdivision 2; 353.27, subdivision 14; 353.32, subdivision 1a; 353.656, subdivision 1; 353.657, subdivision 2a; 353F.02, subdivision 4; 354.096, subdivision 2; 354.72, subdivision 2; 354A.12, subdivision 3c; 354C.12, subdivision 4; 356.96, subdivision 1; 422A.06, subdivision 8; Laws 2002, chapter 392, article 2, section 4; Laws 2006, chapter 271, article 5, section 5; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 11A; 352; 353D; 353F; 354; 354C; 356; 423A; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 352.96; 354.44, subdivision 6a; 354.465; 354.51, subdivision 4; 354.55, subdivisions 2, 3, 6, 12, 15; 354A.091, subdivisions 1a, 1b; 354A.12, subdivision 3a; 355.629; 356.214, subdivision 2; 356.215, subdivision 2a; Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354A.12, subdivisions 3b, 3c; Laws 1965, chapter 592, sections 3, as amended; 4, as amended; Laws 1967, chapter 575, sections 2, as amended; 3; 4; Laws 1969, chapter 352, section 1, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6; Laws 1969, chapter 526, sections 3; 4; 5, as amended; 7, as amended; Laws 1971, chapter 140, sections 2, as amended; 3, as amended; 4, as amended; 5, as amended; Laws 1971, chapter 214, section 1, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Laws 1973, chapter 304, section 1, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; Laws 1973, chapter 472, section 1, as amended; Laws 1975, chapter 185, section 1; Laws 1985, chapter 261, section 37, as amended; Laws 1991, chapter 125, section 1; Laws 1993, chapter 244, article 4, section 1; Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 8, article 1, section 23; Minnesota Rules, parts 7905.0100; 7905.0200; 7905.0300; 7905.0400; 7905.0500; 7905.0600; 7905.0700; 7905.0800; 7905.0900; 7905.1000; 7905.1100; 7905.1200; 7905.1300; 7905.1400; 7905.1500; 7905.1600; 7905.1700; 7905.1800; 7905.1900; 7905.2000; 7905.2100; 7905.2200; 7905.2300; 7905.2400; 7905.2450; 7905.2500; 7905.2560; 7905.2600; 7905.2700; 7905.2800; 7905.2900.

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

ARTICLE 1

POSTRETIREMENT PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 11A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Composite funded ratio. new text end

new text begin (a) Annually, following June 30, the executive director of the State Board of Investment shall determine the composite funded ratio of the postretirement investment fund. The composite funded ratio must be stated as a percentage and must be calculated using: new text end

new text begin (1) the total fair market value of the postretirement investment fund as of June 30, calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; divided by new text end

new text begin (2) the total reserves required as of June 30 for the annuities or benefits payable from the postretirement investment fund on that June 30 to all recipients of participating public pension plans or funds, as determined by the actuary retained under section 356.214 using the applicable assumptions in section 356.215. new text end

new text begin (b) The executive director of the State Board of Investment shall certify the composite funded ratio to the executive directors of the plans participating in the Minnesota postretirement investment fund and to the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement by November 30 annually. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 11A.18, subdivision 9, is amended to read:

Subd. 9.

Calculation of postretirement adjustment.

(a) Annually, following June 30, the state board shall use the procedures in paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) to determine whether a postretirement adjustment new text begin under this subdivisionnew text end is payable and to determine the amount of any postretirement adjustment new text begin under this subdivisionnew text end .

(b)new text begin (1)new text end If the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers all items index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor increases from June 30 of the preceding year to June 30 of the current year, the state board shall certify the percentage increase.

new text begin (2)new text end The amount certified must not exceed deleted text begin the lesser of the difference between the preretirement interest assumption and postretirement interest assumption in section 356.215, subdivision 8, paragraph (a), ordeleted text end 2.5 percent deleted text begin for the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, the amount certified must not exceed 3.5 percentdeleted text end .

(c)new text begin If the amount calculated under paragraph (b), clause (1), is greater than the maximum amount allowable under paragraph (b), clause (2), new text end in addition to any percentage increase certified under paragraph (b), the board shall use the following procedures to determine if a postretirement adjustment is payable under this paragraph:

(1) the state board shall determine thenew text begin total fairnew text end market value of the fund on June 30 of that year;

(2) the amount of reserves required as of the current June 30 for the annuity or benefit payable to an annuitant and benefit recipient of the participating public pension plans or funds must be determined by the actuary retained under section 356.214. An annuitant or benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least 12 full months as of the current June 30 is eligible to receive a full postretirement adjustment. An annuitant or benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least one full month, but less than 12 full months as of the current June 30, is eligible to receive a partial postretirement adjustment. Each fund shall report separately the amount of the reserves for those annuitants and benefit recipients who are eligible to receive a full postretirement benefit adjustment. This amount is known as "eligible reserves." Each fund shall also report separately the amount of the reserves for those annuitants and benefit recipients who are not eligible to receive a postretirement adjustment. This amount is known as "noneligible reserves." For an annuitant or benefit recipient who is eligible to receive a partial postretirement adjustment, each fund shall report separately as additional "eligible reserves" an amount that bears the same ratio to the total reserves required for the annuitant or benefit recipient as the number of full months of annuity or benefit receipt as of the current June 30 bears to 12 full months. The remainder of the annuitant's or benefit recipient's reserves must be separately reported as additional "noneligible reserves." The amount of "eligible" and "noneligible" required reserves must be certified to the board by the actuary retained under section 356.214 as soon as is practical following the current June 30;

(3) the state board shall determine the percentage increase certified under paragraph (b) multiplied by the eligible required reserves, as adjusted for mortality gains and losses under subdivision 11, determined under clause (2);

(4) the state board shall add the amount of reserves required for the annuities or benefits payable to annuitants and benefit recipients of the participating public pension plans or funds as of the current June 30 to the amount determined under clause (3);

(5) the state board shall subtract the amount determined under clause (4) from the new text begin total fair new text end market value of the fund determined under clause (1);

(6) the state board shall adjust the amount determined under clause (5) by the cumulative current balance determined under clause (8) and any negative balance carried forward under clause (9);

(7) a positive amount resulting from the calculations in clauses (1) to (6) is the excess market value. A negative amount is the negative balance;

(8) the state board shall allocate one-fifth of the excess market value or one-fifth of the negative balance to each of five consecutive years, beginning with the fiscal year ending the current June 30; and

(9) to calculate the postretirement adjustment under this paragraph deleted text begin based on investment performance for a fiscal yeardeleted text end , the state board shall add together all excess market value allocated to that year and subtract from the sum all negative balances allocated to that year. If this calculation results in a negative number, the entire negative balance must be carried forward and allocated to the next year. If the resulting amount is positive, a postretirement adjustment is payable under this paragraph. The board shall express a positive amount as a percentage of the total eligible required reserves certified to the board under clause (2).new text begin The percentage determined under this paragraph is not payable unless the amount calculated under paragraph (b), clause (1), is greater than 2.5 percent and must not exceed the difference by which the amount calculated under paragraph (b), clause (1), exceeds 2.5 percent.new text end

(d) The state board shall determine the amount of any postretirement adjustment which is payable using the following procedure:

(1) The total "eligible" required reserves as of the first of January next following the end of the fiscal year for the annuitants and benefit recipients eligible to receive a full or partial postretirement adjustment as determined by clause (2) must be certified to the state board by the actuary retained under section 356.214. The total "eligible" required reserves must be determined by the actuary retained under section 356.214 on the assumption that all annuitants and benefit recipients eligible to receive a full or partial postretirement adjustment will be alive on the January 1 in question; and

(2) The state board shall add the percentage certified under paragraph (b) to any positive percentage calculated under paragraph (c). The board shall not subtract from the percentage certified under paragraph (b) any negative amount calculated under paragraph (c). The sum of these percentages deleted text begin must be carried to five decimal places anddeleted text end must be certified to each participating public pension fund or plan as the full postretirement adjustment percentage. The full postretirement adjustment percentage certified to each participating public pension plan or fund must not exceed five percent. deleted text begin For the Minneapolisdeleted text end deleted text begin Employees Retirement Fund, no maximum percentage adjustment is applicable.deleted text end

(e) A retirement annuity payable in the event of retirement before becoming eligible for Social Security benefits as provided in section 352.116, subdivision 3; 353.29, subdivision 6; or 354.35 must be treated as the sum of a period certain retirement annuity and a life retirement annuity for the purposes of any postretirement adjustment. The period certain retirement annuity plus the life retirement annuity must be the annuity amount payable until age 62 or 65, whichever applies. A postretirement adjustment granted on the period certain retirement annuity must terminate when the period certain retirement annuity terminates.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 11A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 9a. new text end

new text begin Lost purchasing power increase. new text end

new text begin (a) This subdivision applies for fiscal years ending June 30 in which all of the following conditions exist: new text end

new text begin (1) the composite funded ratio for the postretirement investment fund as of June 30 as certified by the executive director of the State Board of Investment under subdivision 2a is more than 90 percent; new text end

new text begin (2) the State Board of Investment determines that the time-weighted total rate of return on investment of assets in the postretirement investment fund for the fiscal year ending June 30 exceeds 8.5 percent; and new text end

new text begin (3) the postretirement adjustment percentage certified under subdivision 9, paragraph (b), is less than 2.5 percent. new text end

new text begin (b) The lost purchasing power postretirement increase is payable the following January 1. new text end

new text begin (c) Each participating public pension plan must annually calculate: new text end

new text begin (1) the cumulative postretirement adjustment percentage applied to the annuity or benefit paid to each eligible annuitant and benefit recipient since the person first received a postretirement adjustment; and new text end

new text begin (2) the increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers all items index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor from June 30 of the year before the person first received a postretirement adjustment to June 30 of the current year. If a person received a prorated increase under subdivision 9, paragraph (c), clause (2), the same ratio of the number of months receiving a monthly benefit to 12 months must be applied to the inflation calculation for the fiscal year used to calculate the prorated amount of lost purchasing power for that period. new text end

new text begin (d) If the percentage in paragraph (c), clause (2), is greater than the percentage in paragraph (c), clause (1), with respect to an eligible annuitant or benefit recipient, and the conditions in paragraph (a) exist, that person is eligible to receive an increase under this subdivision. new text end

new text begin (e) The percentage increase payable to an eligible annuitant or benefit recipient under this subdivision may not exceed the difference between 2.5 percent and the amount certified under subdivision 9 or the amount calculated under paragraph (c), whichever is lower. The percentage increase otherwise payable under this subdivision must be reduced as provided in paragraph (f). new text end

new text begin (f) The actuary retained under section 356.214 must determine: new text end

new text begin (1) the reserves that would be required to pay in full the adjustments determined under paragraph (c); and new text end

new text begin (2) the excess market value necessary to maintain the accrued liability composite funding ratio determined under subdivision 2a is at least 90 percent. If the calculated result under clause (1) is greater than the calculated result under this clause, the increase payable to each eligible annuitant or benefit recipient under this subdivision must be reduced to that portion of the full potential increase amount that equals the ratio that the calculated result under this clause bears to the calculated result under clause (1). new text end

new text begin (g) A percentage increase certified under this subdivision must be added to the percentage certified under subdivision 9 and the total resulting percentage must be certified to each participating public pension plan as the full postretirement adjustment percentage. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 11A.18, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 9b. new text end

new text begin Excess assets trigger. new text end

new text begin If the composite funded ratio of the postretirement investment fund determined under subdivision 2a is 115 percent or greater as of June 30 of any year, the governing bodies of the retirement plans participating in the postretirement investment fund must jointly report to the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement by the next January 15. The report must evaluate and make recommendations with respect to the overall benefits and funding of the retirement funds for both active employees and benefit recipients. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.41, is amended to read:

356.41 BENEFIT ADJUSTMENTS FOR CERTAIN DISABILITY AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS.

new text begin (a) new text end Disability benefits payable to a disabilitant, if not otherwise included in the participation in the Minnesota postretirement investment fund, and survivor benefits payable to a survivor from any public pension plan which participates in the Minnesota postretirement investment fund must be adjusted in the same manner, at the same times and in the same amounts as are benefits payable from the Minnesota postretirement investment fund to new text begin comparable new text end eligible benefit recipients of that public pension plan.

new text begin (b)new text end If a disability benefit is not included in the participation in the Minnesota postretirement investment fund, the disability benefit is recomputed as a retirement annuity and the recipient would have been eligible for an adjustment under this section if the disability benefit was not recomputed, the recipient remains eligible for the adjustment under this section after the recomputation.

new text begin (c)new text end For the survivor of a deceased annuitant who receives a survivor benefit calculated under a prior law rather than the second portion of a joint and survivor annuity, any period of receipt of a retirement annuity by the annuitant must be utilized in determining the period of receipt for eligibility to receive an adjustment under this section.

new text begin (d)new text end No recipient, however, is entitled to more than one adjustment under this section or section 11A.18 applicable to one benefit deleted text begin at one timedeleted text end new text begin during a year new text end by reason of this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 422A.06, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Retirement benefit fund.

(a) The retirement benefit fund consists of amounts held for payment of retirement allowances for members retired under this chapter, including any transfer amount payable under subdivision 3, paragraph (c).

(b) Unless subdivision 3, paragraph (c), applies, assets equal to the required reserves for retirement allowances under this chapter determined in accordance with the appropriate mortality table adopted by the board of trustees based on the experience of the fund as recommended by the actuary retained under section 356.214 must be transferred from the deposit accumulation fund to the retirement benefit fund as of the last business day of the month in which the retirement allowance begins. The income from investments of these assets must be allocated to this fund and any interest charge under subdivision 3, paragraph (c), must be credited to the fund. There must be paid from this fund the retirement annuities authorized by law. A required reserve calculation for the retirement benefit fund must be made by the actuary retained under section 356.214 and must be certified to the retirement board by the actuary retained under section 356.214.

deleted text begin (c) The retirement benefit fund must be governed by the applicable laws governing the accounting and audit procedures, investment, actuarial requirements, calculation and payment of postretirement benefit adjustments, discharge of any deficiency in the assets of the fund when compared to the actuarially determined required reserves, and other applicable operations and procedures regarding the Minnesota postretirement investment fund in effect on June 30, 1997, established under Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 11A.18, and any legal or administrative interpretations of those laws of the State Board of Investment, the legal advisor to the Board of Investment and the executive director of the State Board of Investment in effect on June 30, 1997. If a deferred yield adjustment account is established for the Minnesota postretirement investment fund before June 30, 1997, under Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 11A.18, subdivision 5, the retirement board shall also establish and maintain a deferred yield adjustment account within this fund. deleted text end

new text begin (c) There is established a deferred yield adjustment account which must be increased by the sale or disposition of any debt securities at less than book value and must be decreased by the sale or disposition of debt securities at more than book value. At the end of each fiscal year, a portion of the balance of this account must be offset against the investment income for that year. The annual portion of the balance to be offset must be proportional to the reciprocal of the average remaining life of the bonds sold, unless the amounts are offset by gains on the future sales of these securities. The amount of this account must be included in the recognized value of assets other than corporate stocks and all other equity investments. In any fiscal year in which the gains on the sales of debt securities exceed the discounts realized on the sales of such securities, the excess must be used to reduce the balance of the account. If the realized capital gains are sufficient to reduce the balance of the account to zero, any excess gains must be available for the calculation of postretirement adjustments. new text end

new text begin (d)(1) Annually, following June 30, the board shall use the procedures in clauses (2), (3), and (4), to determine whether a postretirement adjustment is payable and to determine the amount of any postretirement adjustment. new text end

new text begin (2) If the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers all items index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor increases from June 30 of the preceding year to June 30 of the current year, the board shall certify the percentage increase. The amount certified must not exceed the lesser of the difference between the preretirement interest assumption and postretirement interest assumption in section 356.215, subdivision 8, paragraph (a), or 3.5 percent. new text end

new text begin (3) In addition to any percentage increase certified under paragraph (b), the board shall use the following procedures to determine if a postretirement adjustment is payable under this paragraph: new text end

new text begin (i) the board shall determine the market value of the fund on June 30 of that year; new text end

new text begin (ii) the amount of reserves required as of the current June 30 for the annuity or benefit payable to an annuitant and benefit recipient must be determined by the actuary retained under section 356.214. An annuitant or benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least 12 full months as of the current June 30 is eligible to receive a full postretirement adjustment. An annuitant or benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or benefit for at least one full month, but less than 12 full months as of the current June 30, is eligible to receive a partial postretirement adjustment. The amount of the reserves for those annuitants and benefit recipients who are eligible to receive a full postretirement benefit adjustment is known as "eligible reserves." The amount of the reserves for those annuitants and benefit recipients who are not eligible to receive a postretirement adjustment is known as "noneligible reserves." For an annuitant or benefit recipient who is eligible to receive a partial postretirement adjustment, additional "eligible reserves" is an amount that bears the same ratio to the total reserves required for the annuitant or benefit recipient as the number of full months of annuity or benefit receipt as of the current June 30 bears to 12 full months. The remainder of the annuitant's or benefit recipient's reserves are "noneligible reserves"; new text end

new text begin (iii) the board shall determine the percentage increase certified under clause (2) multiplied by the eligible required reserves, as adjusted for mortality gains and losses, determined under item (ii); new text end

new text begin (iv) the board shall add the amount of reserves required for the annuities or benefits payable to annuitants and benefit recipients of the participating public pension plans or funds as of the current June 30 to the amount determined under item (iii); new text end

new text begin (v) the board shall subtract the amount determined under item (iv) from the market value of the fund determined under item (i); new text end

new text begin (vi) the board shall adjust the amount determined under item (v) by the cumulative current balance determined under item (viii) and any negative balance carried forward under item (ix); new text end

new text begin (vii) a positive amount resulting from the calculations in items (i) to (vi) is the excess market value. A negative amount is the negative balance; new text end

new text begin (viii) the board shall allocate one-fifth of the excess market value or one-fifth of the negative balance to each of five consecutive years, beginning with the fiscal year ending the current June 30; and new text end

new text begin (ix) to calculate the postretirement adjustment under this paragraph based on investment performance for a fiscal year, the board shall add together all excess market value allocated to that year and subtract from the sum all negative balances allocated to that year. If this calculation results in a negative number, the entire negative balance must be carried forward and allocated to the next year. If the resulting amount is positive, a postretirement adjustment is payable under this paragraph. The board shall express a positive amount as a percentage of the total eligible required reserves certified to the board under item (ii). new text end

new text begin (4) The board shall determine the amount of any postretirement adjustment which is payable using the following procedure: new text end

new text begin (i) the total "eligible" required reserves as of the first of January next following the end of the fiscal year for the annuitants and benefit recipients eligible to receive a full or partial postretirement adjustment as determined by item (ii) must be certified to the board by the actuary retained under section 356.214. The total "eligible" required reserves must be determined by the actuary retained under section 356.214 on the assumption that all annuitants and benefit recipients eligible to receive a full or partial postretirement adjustment will be alive on the January 1 in question; and new text end

new text begin (ii) the board shall add the percentage certified under clause (2) to any positive percentage calculated under clause (3). The board shall not subtract from the percentage certified under paragraph (b) any negative amount calculated under clause (3). The sum of these percentages must be carried to five decimal places and must be certified as the full postretirement adjustment percentage. new text end

new text begin (e) The board shall determine the amount of the postretirement adjustment payable to each eligible annuitant and benefit recipient. The dollar amount of the postretirement adjustment must be calculated by applying the certified postretirement adjustment percentage to the amount of the monthly annuity or benefit payable to each eligible annuitant or benefit recipient eligible for a full adjustment. new text end

new text begin The dollar amount of the partial postretirement adjustment payable to each annuitant or benefit recipient eligible for a partial adjustment must be calculated by first determining a partial percentage amount that bears the same ratio to the certified full adjustment percentage amount as the number of full months of annuity or benefit receipt as of the current June 30 bears to 12 full months. The partial percentage amount determined must then be applied to the amount of the monthly annuity or benefit payable to each annuitant or benefit recipient eligible to receive a partial postretirement adjustment. The postretirement adjustments are payable on January 1 following the calculations required under this section and must thereafter be included in the monthly annuity or benefit paid to the recipient. Any adjustments under this section must be paid automatically unless the intended recipient files a written notice with the applicable participating public pension fund or plan requesting that the adjustment not be paid. new text end

new text begin (f) As of June 30 annually, the actuary retained under section 356.214 shall calculate the amount of required reserves representing any mortality gains and any mortality losses incurred during the fiscal year and report the results of those calculations to the plan. The actuary shall report separately the amount of the reserves for annuitants and benefit recipients who are eligible for a postretirement benefit adjustment and the amount of reserves for annuitants and benefit recipients who are not eligible for a postretirement benefit adjustment. If the net amount of required reserves represents a mortality gain, the board shall sell sufficient securities or transfer sufficient available cash to equal the amount. If the amount of required reserves represents a mortality loss, the plan shall transfer an amount equal to the amount of the net mortality loss. The amount of the transfers must be determined before any postretirement benefit adjustments have been made. All transfers resulting from mortality adjustments must be completed annually by December 31 for the preceding June 30. Interest is payable on any transfers after December 31 based upon the preretirement interest assumption for the participating plan or fund as specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, stated as a monthly rate. Book values of the assets of the fund must be determined only after all adjustments for mortality gains and losses for the fiscal year have been made. new text end

new text begin (g) All money necessary to meet the requirements of the certification of withdrawals and all money necessary to pay postretirement adjustments under this section are hereby and from time to time appropriated from the postretirement investment fund to the board. new text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (h) new text end Annually, following the calculation of any postretirement adjustment payable from the retirement benefit fund, the board of trustees shall submit a report to the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement and to the commissioner of finance indicating the amount of any postretirement adjustment and the underlying calculations on which that postretirement adjustment amount is based, including the amount of dividends, the amount of interest, and the amount of net realized capital gains or losses utilized in the calculations.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (i) new text end With respect to a former contributing member who began receiving a retirement annuity or disability benefit under section 422A.151, paragraph (a), clause (2), after June 30, 1997, or with respect to a survivor of a former contributing member who began receiving a survivor benefit under section 422A.151, paragraph (a), clause (2), after June 30, 1997, the reserves attributable to the one percent lower amount of the cost-of-living adjustment payable to those annuity or benefit recipients annually must be transferred back to the deposit accumulation fund to the credit of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The calculation of this annual reduced cost-of-living adjustment reserve transfer must be reviewed by the actuary retained under section 356.214.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin TEACHER RETIREMENT BENEFITS. new text end

new text begin The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement shall review issues related to Minnesota teacher benefit adequacy and shall compare the level of teacher pension benefits in Minnesota and other states. The commission must report by January 15, 2009, to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over public pensions and education policy and finance. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 2

MINNESOTA POSTRETIREMENT INVESTMENT FUND DISSOLUTION

Section 1.

new text begin [11A.181] DISSOLUTION OF MINNESOTA POSTRETIREMENT INVESTMENT FUND. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Conditions for dissolution. new text end

new text begin The postretirement investment fund established in section 11A.18 must be dissolved according to the schedule in subdivision 2 if the composite funded ratio calculated as of June 30 of that year under section 11A.18, subdivision 2a, is: new text end

new text begin (1) less than 85 percent and was less than 85 percent as of June 30 of the immediately preceding year; or new text end

new text begin (2) less than 80 percent. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Transition. new text end

new text begin If conditions for dissolution of the postretirement investment fund under subdivision 1 apply: new text end

new text begin (1) the retirement plans shall not transfer reserves as required under sections 11A.18, subdivision 6; 352.119, subdivision 2; 352B.26, subdivision 3; 353.271, subdivision 2; 354.63, subdivision 2; and 490.123, subdivision 1e, to the postretirement investment fund after December 31 of the calendar year in which conditions for dissolution under subdivision 1 occur; new text end

new text begin (2) the retirement plans shall not transfer additional funds to the Minnesota postretirement investment fund as a result of the calculation by the actuary retained under section 356.214 of net mortality losses under section 11A.18, subdivision 11; new text end

new text begin (3) the assets of the postretirement investment fund must be transferred back to each participating public retirement plan on June 30 of the year following the year in which conditions for dissolution under subdivision 1 occur. The assets to be transferred to each public retirement plan must be based on each plan's participation in the postretirement fund as determined under section 11A.18, subdivision 7, on the June 30 when the transfer back to the plan occurs; and new text end

new text begin (4) the postretirement investment fund ceases to exist upon the transfer of all assets as required in clause (3). new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Postretirement adjustments. new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding section 11A.18 or any other law to the contrary, if the postretirement investment fund is dissolved, postretirement adjustments are payable only as follows: new text end

new text begin (1) a postretirement increase of 2.5 percent must be applied each year, effective January 1, to the monthly annuity or benefit of each annuitant and benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or a benefit for at least 12 full months as of the prior January 1; and new text end

new text begin (2) for each annuitant or benefit recipient who has been receiving an annuity or a benefit for at least one full month, an annual postretirement increase of 1/12 of 2.5 percent for each month the person has been receiving an annuity or benefit must be applied, effective January 1 of the year in which the person has been retired for less than 12 months. new text end

new text begin (b) The increases provided by this subdivision commence on the first January 1 occurring after the postretirement fund is dissolved under subdivision 2. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin PROPOSED STATUTORY CHANGES. new text end

new text begin By November 30 of the year in which conditions for dissolution of the postretirement investment fund first occur, the executive directors of the retirement systems that participate in the postretirement investment fund must report to the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement a draft of proposed legislation that would make changes in statute necessary to conform with dissolution of the postretirement investment fund. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective June 30, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 3

PHASED RETIREMENT OR
RETURN TO EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 43A.346, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definition.

For purposes of this section, "new text begin terminated new text end state employee" means a person deleted text begin currently occupyingdeleted text end new text begin who occupied new text end a civil service position in the executive or legislative branch of state government, the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Public Employees Retirement Association, deleted text begin ordeleted text end the Office of the Legislative Auditor, or a person new text begin who was new text end employed by the Metropolitan Council.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 43A.346, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Eligibility.

(a) This section applies to a new text begin terminated new text end state deleted text begin or Metropolitan Councildeleted text end employee who:

(1) for at least the five years immediately preceding separation under clause (2), deleted text begin has beendeleted text end new text begin was new text end regularly scheduled to work 1,044 or more hours per year in a position covered by a pension plan administered by the Minnesota State Retirement System or the Public Employees Retirement Association;

(2) deleted text begin terminatesdeleted text end new text begin terminated new text end state or Metropolitan Council employment;

(3) at the time of termination under clause (2), deleted text begin meetsdeleted text end new text begin met new text end the age and service requirements necessary to receive an unreduced retirement annuity from the plan and deleted text begin satisfiesdeleted text end new text begin satisfied new text end requirements for the commencement of the retirement annuity or, for deleted text begin andeleted text end new text begin a terminated new text end employee under the unclassified employees retirement plan, deleted text begin meetsdeleted text end new text begin met new text end the age and service requirements necessary to receive an unreduced retirement annuity from the plan and deleted text begin satisfiesdeleted text end new text begin satisfied new text end requirements for the commencement of the retirement annuity or deleted text begin electsdeleted text end new text begin elected new text end a lump-sum payment; and

(4) agrees to accept a postretirement option position with the same or a different appointing authority, working a reduced schedule that is both (i) a reduction of at least 25 percent from the employee's number of new text begin previously new text end regularly scheduled work hours; and (ii) 1,044 hours or less in state or Metropolitan Council service.

(b) For purposes of this section, an unreduced retirement annuity includes a retirement annuity computed under a provision of law which permits retirement, without application of an earlier retirement reduction factor, whenever age plus years of allowable service total at least 90.

new text begin (c) For purposes of this section, as it applies to staff of the Public Employees Retirement Association who are at least age 62, the length of separation requirement and termination of service requirement prohibiting return to work agreements under section 353.01, subdivisions 11a and 28, are not applicable. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.346, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Annuity reduction not applicable.

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, deleted text begin when an eligible state employee in a postretirement option position under this section commences receipt of the annuity,deleted text end the provisions of section 352.115, subdivision 10, or 353.37 governing annuities of reemployed annuitants, shall not apply for the duration of new text begin a terminated state employee's new text end employment in deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin a postretirement option new text end position.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.346, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Appointing authority discretion.

The appointing authority has sole discretion to determine if and the extent to which a postretirement option position under this section is available to a new text begin terminated new text end state employee. Any offer of such a position must be made in writing to the deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin person new text end by the appointing authority on a form prescribed by the Department of Employee Relations and the Minnesota State Retirement System or the Public Employees Retirement Association. new text begin If the person is under age 62, an offer of a postretirement option position and any related verbal offer or agreement must not be made until at least 30 days after the person terminated employment. new text end The appointing authority may not require a person to waive any rights under a collective bargaining agreement or unrepresented employee compensation plan as a condition of participation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.346, subdivision 6, is amended to read:

Subd. 6.

Duration.

Postretirement option employment shall be for an initial period not to exceed one year. During that period, the appointing authority may not modify the conditions specified in the written offer without the deleted text begin employee's agreementdeleted text end new text begin person's consentnew text end , except as required by law or by the collective bargaining agreement or compensation plan applicable to the deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin personnew text end . At the end of the initial period, the appointing authority has sole discretion to determine if the offer of a postretirement option position will be renewed, renewed with modifications, or terminated. new text begin If the person is under age 62, an offer of renewal and any related verbal offer or agreement must not be made until at least 30 days after termination of the person's previous postretirement option employment. new text end Postretirement option employment may be renewed for periods of up to one year, not to exceed a total duration of five years. No person shall be employed in one or a combination of postretirement option positions under this section for a total of more than five years.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 43A.346, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Copy to fund.

The appointing authority shall provide the Minnesota State Retirement System or the Public Employees Retirement Association with a copy of the offer, the new text begin terminated state new text end employee's acceptance of the terms, and any subsequent renewal agreement.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354.05, subdivision 37, is amended to read:

Subd. 37.

Termination of teaching service.

"Termination of teaching service" means the withdrawal of a member from active teaching service by resignation or the termination of the member's teaching contract by the employer. A member is not considered to have terminated teaching service, if new text begin before the age of 62, and new text end before the effective date of the termination or retirement, the member has entered into a contract to resume teaching service with an employing unit covered by the provisions of this chapter. new text begin A contract to return to work after retirement for an active member who has attained age 62 must comply with the provisions of section 354.444.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354.44, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Resumption of teaching service after retirement.

(a) Any person who retired under the provisions of this chapter and has thereafter resumed teaching in any employer unit to which this chapter applies is eligible to continue to receive payments in accordance with the annuity except that new text begin all or a portion of the new text end annuity payments must be deleted text begin reduceddeleted text end new text begin deferred new text end during the calendar year immediately following any calendar year in which the person's deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary new text end from the teaching service is in an amount greater than deleted text begin the annual maximum earnings allowable for that age for the continued receipt of full benefit amounts monthly under the federal old age, survivors and disability insurance program as set by the secretary of health and human services under United States Code, title 42, section 403deleted text end new text begin $46,000new text end . The amount of the deleted text begin reduction must bedeleted text end new text begin annuity deferral is new text end one-half of the new text begin salary new text end amount in excess of deleted text begin the applicable reemployment income maximum specified in this subdivisiondeleted text end new text begin $46,000 new text end and must be deducted from the annuity payable for the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the excess amount was earned. deleted text begin If the person has not yet reached the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits, the maximum earnings for the person must be equal to the annual maximum earnings allowable for the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits.deleted text end

(b) If the person is retired for only a fractional part of the calendar year during the initial year of retirement, the maximum reemployment deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary exempt from triggering a deferral as new text end specified in this subdivision must be prorated for that calendar year.

(c) After a person has reached the Social Security deleted text begin fulldeleted text end new text begin normal new text end retirement age, no deleted text begin reemployment income maximumdeleted text end new text begin deferral requirement new text end is applicable regardless of the amount of deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salarynew text end .

(d) The amount of the retirement annuity deleted text begin reductiondeleted text end new text begin deferral new text end must be handled or disposed of as provided in section 356.47.

(e) For the purpose of this subdivision, deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary new text end from teaching service includes, but is not limited to:

(1) all income for services performed as a consultant or an independent contractor for an employer unit covered by the provisions of this chapter; and

(2) the greater of either the income received or an amount based on the rate paid with respect to an administrative position, consultant, or independent contractor in an employer unit with approximately the same number of pupils and at the same level as the position occupied by the person who resumes teaching service.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [354.444] RETURN TO WORK AGREEMENT. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Authorization. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any other provisions in this chapter, an eligible person as specified in subdivision 2 is authorized to commence receipt of a retirement annuity from the association and enter into an agreement to return to work. This provision must be administered in accordance with the federal Internal Revenue Code and applicable rulings. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligibility. new text end

new text begin An eligible person is a person who: new text end

new text begin (1) is a teacher as defined by section 354.05, subdivision 2, who is at least age 62; new text end

new text begin (2) enters into a written agreement with the employing unit to return to work; and new text end

new text begin (3) retires under the provisions of section 354.44 and begins to draw an annuity from the Teachers Retirement Association. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Work agreement. new text end

new text begin Participation, the amount of time worked, and the duration of participation under this section must be mutually agreed upon by the employing unit and the employee. The employing unit may require up to a one-year notice of intent to participate in the program as a condition of participation. The employing unit shall determine the time of year the employee shall work. Unless otherwise specified in this section, the employing unit may not require a person to waive any rights under a collective bargaining agreement as a condition of participation under this section. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Exclusion. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "employing unit" does not include the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin No service credit or contribution. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, an eligible person under this section may not, based on employment to which this section applies, contribute to or earn further service credit in the Teachers Retirement Association. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Annuity application procedure. new text end

new text begin A participant in the program specified in this section must apply for a retirement annuity under the application procedure specified in section 354.44, subdivisions 3 and 4. A copy of the written agreement with the employing unit must be included with the person's retirement annuity application. This written agreement must include the termination date and reemployment date. The filing of the initial executed agreement must occur before reemployment under the agreement commences. The reemployment date must be after the member's accrual date. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Annuity treatment. new text end

new text begin For purposes of the annuity deferral under section 354.44, subdivision 5, an eligible person under this section is a reemployed annuitant. new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Continuing rights. new text end

new text begin A person who returns to work under this section is a member of the appropriate bargaining unit and is covered by the appropriate collective bargaining contract. Except as provided in this section, the person's coverage is subject to any part of the contract limiting rights of part-time employees. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.31, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Resumption of teaching after commencement of a retirement annuity.

(a) Any person who retired and is receiving a coordinated program retirement annuity under the provisions of sections 354A.31 to 354A.41 or any person receiving a basic program retirement annuity under the governing sections in the articles of incorporation or bylaws and who has resumed teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists is entitled to continue to receive retirement annuity payments, except that new text begin all or a portion of the new text end annuity payments must be deleted text begin reduceddeleted text end new text begin deferred new text end during the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the person's deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary new text end from the teaching service is in an amount greater than deleted text begin the annual maximum earnings allowable for that age for the continued receipt of full benefit amounts monthly under the federal old age, survivors, and disability insurance program as set by the secretary of health and human services under United States Code, title 42, section 403deleted text end new text begin $46,000new text end . The amount of the deleted text begin reduction must bedeleted text end new text begin annuity deferral is new text end one-third the new text begin salary new text end amount in excess of deleted text begin the applicable reemployment income maximum specified in this subdivisiondeleted text end new text begin $46,000 new text end and must be deducted from the annuity payable for the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the excess amount was earned. deleted text begin If the person has not yet reached the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits, the maximum earnings for the person must be equal to the annual maximum earnings allowable for the minimum age for the receipt of Social Security benefits.deleted text end

(b) If the person is retired for only a fractional part of the calendar year during the initial year of retirement, the maximum reemployment deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary exempt from triggering a deferral as new text end specified in this subdivision must be prorated for that calendar year.

(c) After a person has reached the new text begin Social Security normal retirement new text end age deleted text begin of 70deleted text end , no deleted text begin reemployment income maximumdeleted text end new text begin deferral requirement new text end is applicable regardless of the amount of any compensation received for teaching service for the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists.

(d) The amount of the retirement annuity deleted text begin reductiondeleted text end new text begin deferral new text end must be handled or disposed of as provided in section 356.47.

(e) For the purpose of this subdivision, deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary new text end from teaching service includes: (i) all income for services performed as a consultant or independent contractor; or income resulting from working with the school district in any capacity; and (ii) the greater of either the income received or an amount based on the rate paid with respect to an administrative position, consultant, or independent contractor in the school district in which the teachers retirement fund association exists and at the same level as the position occupied by the person who resumes teaching service.

(f) On or before February 15 of each year, each applicable employing unit shall report to the teachers retirement fund association the amount of postretirement deleted text begin incomedeleted text end new text begin salary new text end as defined in this subdivision, earned as a teacher, consultant, or independent contractor during the previous calendar year by each retiree of the teachers retirement fund association for teaching service performed after retirement. The report must be in a format approved by the executive secretary or director.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin PERA POLICE AND FIRE; TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FROM REEMPLOYED ANNUITANT EARNINGS LIMITATIONS. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any provision of Minnesota Statutes, section 353.37, to the contrary, a person who is receiving a retirement annuity from the public employees police and fire plan and who is employed as a sworn peace officer by the Metropolitan Airports Commission is exempt from the limitation on reemployed annuitant exempt earnings under Minnesota Statutes, section 353.37, for the period January 1, 2008, until December 31, 2009. 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. 12.

new text begin BYLAW REVISION AUTHORIZATION. new text end

new text begin Consistent with Minnesota Statutes, sections 354A.12, subdivisions 3 and 4, and 354A.31, subdivision 3, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association and the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association are authorized to revise their bylaws or articles of incorporation to specify that a person receiving a basic program retirement annuity or an old law coordinated program annuity under the governing sections in the articles of incorporation or bylaws who has resumed teaching service for the school district is entitled to continue receiving retirement annuity payments, except that all or a portion of the annuity payments must be deferred during the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the person's salary from the reemployment exceeds $46,000. The amount of the annuity deferral is one-third of the salary amount in excess of $46,000. After a person has reached Social Security normal retirement age, the deferral requirement no longer applies. Any deferral amounts must be treated as specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 356.47. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 4

MANDATORY JOINT AND SURVIVOR BENEFIT FORM

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.12, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Surviving spouse benefit.

(a) If an employee or former employee has credit for at least three years allowable service and dies before an annuity or disability benefit has become payable, notwithstanding any designation of beneficiary to the contrary, the surviving spouse of the employee may elect to receive, in lieu of the refund with interest under subdivision 1, an annuity equal to the joint and 100 percent survivor annuity which the employee or former employee could have qualified for on the date of death.

(b) If the employee was under age 55 and has credit for at least 30 years of allowable service on the date of death, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity based on the age of the employee and surviving spouse on the date of death. The annuity is payable using the full early retirement reduction under section 352.116, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 to the age payment begins.

(c) If the employee was under age 55 and has credit for at least three years of allowable service credit on the date of death but did not yet qualify for retirement, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity based on the age of the employee and surviving spouse at the time of death. The annuity is payable using the full early retirement reduction under section 352.116, subdivision 1 or 1a, to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 to the age payment begins.

new text begin (d) new text end The surviving spouse eligible for benefits under paragraph (a) may apply for the annuity at any time after the date on which the employee or former employee would have attained the required age for retirement based on the allowable service earned. The surviving spouse eligible for surviving spouse benefits under paragraph (b) or (c) may apply for the annuity at any time after the employee's death. The annuity must be computed under sections 352.115, subdivisions 1, 2, and 3, and 352.116, subdivisions 1, 1a, and 3. Sections 352.22, subdivision 3, and 352.72, subdivision 2, apply to a deferred annuity or surviving spouse benefit payable under this subdivision. The annuity must cease with the last payment received by the surviving spouse in the lifetime of the surviving spouse, or upon expiration of a term certain benefit payment to a surviving spouse under subdivision 2a. An amount equal to the excess, if any, of the accumulated contributions credited to the account of the deceased employee in excess of the total of the benefits paid and payable to the surviving spouse must be paid to the deceased employee's or former employee's last designated beneficiary or, if none, as specified under subdivision 1.

new text begin (e) new text end Any employee or former employee may request in writingnew text begin , with the signed consent of the spouse,new text end that this subdivision not apply and that payment be made only to a designated beneficiary as otherwise provided by this chapter.

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 2006, section 352.931, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Surviving spouse benefit.

(a) If the correctional employee was at least age 50, has credit for at least three years of allowable service, and dies before an annuity or disability benefit has become payable, notwithstanding any designation of beneficiary to the contrary, the surviving spouse of the employee may elect to receive, in lieu of the refund under section 352.12, subdivision 1, an annuity for life equal to the joint and 100 percent survivor annuity which the employee could have qualified for had the employee terminated service on the date of death. The election may be made at any time after the date of death of the employee. The surviving spouse benefit begins to accrue as of the first of the month next following the date on which the application for the benefit was filed.

(b) If the employee was under age 50, dies, and had credit for at least three years of allowable service credit on the date of death but did not yet qualify for retirement, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity based on the age of the employee and surviving spouse at the time of death. The annuity is payable using the early retirement reduction under section 352.93, subdivision 2a, to age 50, and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 50 to the age payment begins. The surviving spouse eligible for surviving spouse benefits under this paragraph may apply for the annuity at any time after the employee's death. Sections 352.22, subdivision 3, and 352.72, subdivision 2, apply to a deferred annuity or surviving spouse benefit payable under this subdivision.

(c) The annuity must cease with the last payment received by the surviving spouse in the lifetime of the surviving spouse. Any employee may request in writingnew text begin , with the signed consent of the spouse,new text end that this subdivision not apply and that payment be made only to a designated beneficiary as otherwise provided by this chapter.

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 2006, section 353.30, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Optional retirement annuity forms.

The board of trustees shall establish optional annuities which shall take the form of a joint and survivor annuity. Except as provided in subdivision 3a, the optional annuity forms shall be actuarially equivalent to the forms provided in section 353.29 and subdivisions 1, 1a, 1b, 1c, and 5. In establishing those optional forms, the board shall obtain the written recommendation of the actuary retained under section 356.214. The recommendations shall be a part of the permanent records of the board. A member or former member may select an optional form of annuitynew text begin , subject to the provisions of section 356.46,new text end in lieu of accepting any other form of annuity which might otherwise be available.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2009. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353.32, subdivision 1a, is amended to read:

Subd. 1a.

Surviving spouse optional annuity.

(a) If a member or former member who has credit for not less than three years of allowable service and dies before the annuity or disability benefit begins to accrue under section 353.29, subdivision 7, or 353.33, subdivision 2, notwithstanding any designation of beneficiary to the contrary, the surviving spouse may elect to receive, instead of a refund with interest under subdivision 1, or surviving spouse benefits otherwise payable under section 353.31, an annuity equal to a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity computed consistent with section 353.30, subdivision 1a, 1c, or 5, whichever is applicable.

(b) If a member first became a public employee or a member of a pension fund listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, before July 1, 1989, and has credit for at least 30 years of allowable service on the date of death, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity computed using section 353.30, subdivision 1b, except that the early retirement reduction under that provision will be applied from age 62 back to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 back to the age payment begins.

(c) If a member who was under age 55 and has credit for at least three years of allowable service dies, but did not qualify for retirement on the date of death, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a 100 percent joint and survivor annuity computed using section 353.30, subdivision 1c or 5, as applicable, except that the early retirement reduction specified in the applicable subdivision will be applied to age 55 and one-half of the early retirement reduction from age 55 back to the age payment begins.

(d) Notwithstanding the definition of surviving spouse in section 353.01, subdivision 20, a former spouse of the member, if any, is entitled to a portion of the monthly surviving spouse optional annuity if stipulated under the terms of a marriage dissolution decree filed with the association. If there is no surviving spouse or child or children, a former spouse may be entitled to a lump-sum refund payment under subdivision 1, if provided for in a marriage dissolution decree, but not a monthly surviving spouse optional annuity, despite the terms of a marriage dissolution decree filed with the association.

(e) The surviving spouse eligible for surviving spouse benefits under paragraph (a) may apply for the annuity at any time after the date on which the deceased employee would have attained the required age for retirement based on the employee's allowable service. The surviving spouse eligible for surviving spouse benefits under paragraph (b) or (c) may apply for an annuity any time after the member's death.

(f) Sections 353.34, subdivision 3, and 353.71, subdivision 2, apply to a deferred annuity or surviving spouse benefit payable under this subdivision.

(g) An amount equal to any excess of the accumulated contributions that were credited to the account of the deceased employee over and above the total of the annuities paid and payable to the surviving spouse must be paid to the surviving spouse's estate.

(h) A member may specify in writingnew text begin , with the signed consent of the spouse,new text end that this subdivision does not apply and that payment may be made only to the designated beneficiary as otherwise provided by this chapter. The waiver of a surviving spouse annuity under this section does not make a dependent child eligible for benefits under subdivision 1c.

(i) If the deceased member or former member first became a public employee or a member of a public pension plan listed in section 356.30, subdivision 3, on or after July 1, 1989, a survivor annuity computed under paragraph (a) or (c) must be computed as specified in section 353.30, subdivision 5, except for the revised early retirement reduction specified in paragraph (c), if paragraph (c) is the applicable provision.

(j) For any survivor annuity determined under this subdivision, the payment is to be based on the total allowable service that the member had accrued as of the date of death and the age of the member and surviving spouse on that date.

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 2007 Supplement, section 353.657, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:

Subd. 2a.

Death while eligible survivor benefit.

(a) If a member or former member who has attained the age of at least 50 years and has credit for not less than three years allowable service or who has credit for at least 30 years of allowable service, regardless of age attained, dies before the annuity or disability benefit becomes payable, notwithstanding any designation of beneficiary to the contrary, the surviving spouse may elect to receive a death while eligible survivor benefit.

(b) Notwithstanding the definition of surviving spouse in section 353.01, subdivision 20, a former spouse of the member, if any, is entitled to a portion of the death while eligible survivor benefit if stipulated under the terms of a marriage dissolution decree filed with the association. If there is no surviving spouse or child or children, a former spouse may be entitled to a lump-sum refund payment under section 353.32, subdivision 1, if provided for in a marriage dissolution decree but not a death while eligible survivor benefit despite the terms of a marriage dissolution decree filed with the association.

(c) The benefit may be elected instead of a refund with interest under section 353.32, subdivision 1, or surviving spouse benefits otherwise payable under subdivisions 1 and 2. The benefit must be an annuity equal to the 100 percent joint and survivor annuity which the member could have qualified for on the date of death, computed as provided in sections 353.651, subdivisions 2 and 3, and 353.30, subdivision 3.

(d) The surviving spouse may apply for the annuity at any time after the date on which the deceased employee would have attained the required age for retirement based on the employee's allowable service. Sections 353.34, subdivision 3, and 353.71, subdivision 2, apply to a deferred annuity payable under this subdivision.

(e) No payment accrues beyond the end of the month in which entitlement to such annuity has terminated. An amount equal to the excess, if any, of the accumulated contributions which were credited to the account of the deceased employee over and above the total of the annuities paid and payable to the surviving spouse must be paid to the deceased member's last designated beneficiary or, if none, to the legal representative of the estate of such deceased member.

(f) Any member may request in writingnew text begin , with the signed consent of the spouse,new text end that this subdivision not apply and that payment be made only to the designated beneficiary, as otherwise provided by this chapter.

(g) For a member who is employed as a full-time firefighter by the Department of Military Affairs of the state of Minnesota, allowable service as a full-time state Military Affairs Department firefighter credited by the Minnesota State Retirement System may be used in meeting the minimum allowable service requirement of this subdivision.

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 2006, section 353E.07, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Election that section does not apply.

A member may specify in writingnew text begin , with the signed consent of the spouse,new text end that this section does not apply and that payment must be made only to the designated beneficiary, as otherwise provided by this chapter.

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 2006, section 356.46, as amended by Laws 2007, chapter 134, article 2, section 44, is amended to read:

356.46 APPLICATION FOR RETIREMENT ANNUITY; PROCEDURE FOR ELECTING ANNUITY FORMnew text begin ; MANDATORY JOINT AND SURVIVOR OPTIONAL ANNUITY FORMnew text end .

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

As used in this section, each of the following terms shall have the meaning given.

(a) "Annuity form" means the payment procedure and duration of a retirement annuity or disability benefit available to a member of a public pension deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plannew text end , based on the period over which a retirement annuity or disability benefit is payable, determined by the number of persons to whom the retirement annuity or disability benefit is payable, and the amount of the retirement annuity or disability benefit which is payable to each person.

(b) "Joint and survivor optional annuity" means an optional annuity form which provides a retirement annuity or disability benefit to a retired membernew text begin or disabilitantnew text end and the spouse of the membernew text begin or disabilitantnew text end on a joint basis during the lifetime of the retired membernew text begin or disabilitantnew text end and all or a portion of the original retirement annuity or disability benefit amount to the surviving spouse in the event of the death of the retired membernew text begin or disabilitantnew text end .

(c) "Optional annuity form" means an annuity form which is elected by a member and is not provided automatically as the standard annuity form of the public pension plan.

(d) "Public pension plan" means a public pension plan as defined under section 356.63, paragraph (b).

(e) "Retirement annuity" means a series of monthly payments to which a former or retired member of a public pension deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plannew text end is entitled due to attaining a specified age and acquiring credit for a specified period of service, which includes a retirement annuity, retirement allowance, or service pension.

(f) "Disability benefit" means a series of monthly payments to which a former or disabled member of a public pension deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plannew text end is entitled due to a physical or mental inability to engage in specified employment.

Subd. 2.

Provision of information on annuity forms.

new text begin (a) new text end Every public pension plan which provides for an annuity form other than a single life deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end annuity as an option which can be elected by an active, disabled, or retiring member shall provide as a part of, or accompanying the annuity application form, a written statement summarizing the deleted text begin optionaldeleted text end annuity forms which are available, a general indication of the consequences of selecting one annuity form over another, a calculation of the actuarial reduction in the amount of the retirement annuity which would be required for each optional annuity form, and the procedure to be followed to obtain more information from the public pension deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plan administrationnew text end concerning deleted text begin the optionaldeleted text end new text begin allnew text end annuity forms provided by the plan.new text begin If the public pension plan offers joint and survivor optional annuity forms, the annuity application and accompanying information must include a statement informing the member and the member's spouse that, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, unless the spouse waives any rights to an optional annuity by a notarized statement on the annuity application or other form provided by the pension plan administration, the public pension plan administration shall assume that the member selected the 50 percent joint and survivor optional annuity form.new text end

new text begin (b) In lieu of the notarized statement requirement referred to in paragraph (a), the pension plan administration may accept a statement which has been verified, including electronic verification, by administrators of the pension plan. new text end

Subd. 3.

Requirement of notice to member's spouse.

(a) deleted text begin Except as specified in paragraph (c), if adeleted text end new text begin Everynew text end public pension plan new text begin administration that new text end provides deleted text begin optional retirement annuity forms which includedeleted text end new text begin for new text end a joint and survivor optional retirement new text begin or disability new text end annuity deleted text begin formdeleted text end potentially applicable to the surviving spouse of a memberdeleted text begin , the executive director of the public pension plandeleted text end shall send a copy of the written statement required by subdivision 2 to the spouse of the member before the member's deleted text begin electiondeleted text end new text begin selectionnew text end of deleted text begin a retirement annuitydeleted text end new text begin the form of retirement or disability benefitnew text end .

(b) Following the deleted text begin electiondeleted text end new text begin selectionnew text end of a retirement new text begin or disability new text end annuity by the member, a copy of the completed deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end annuity application and deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end annuity beneficiary form, if applicable, must be sent by the executive director of the public pension plan to the spouse of the retiring new text begin or disabled new text end member. A signed acknowledgment must be required from the spouse confirming receipt of a copy of the completed deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end annuity application and deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end annuity beneficiary form, unless the spouse's signature deleted text begin confirmingdeleted text end new text begin acknowledgingnew text end the deleted text begin receiptdeleted text end new text begin annuity form selectednew text end is on the annuity applicationnew text begin or othernew text end formnew text begin as designated by the plannew text end . If the deleted text begin required signed acknowledgment isdeleted text end new text begin public pension plan administration hasnew text end not received from the spouse within 30 daysdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin a signed acknowledgment, because the annuity application or other form as designated by the public pension plan administration did not include the spouse's signature,new text end the executive director of the public pension plan must deleted text begin send another copy of the completed retirement annuity applicationdeleted text end new text begin notify the member new text end and deleted text begin retirement annuity beneficiary form, if applicable, todeleted text end thenew text begin member'snew text end spouse new text begin that the 50 percent joint and survivor annuity form, or a higher joint and survivor form if selected, shall be paid if the spouse does not acknowledge the annuity form selected by the member by responding to the second notice sent to the spouse within 30 days. The second notice must be sent new text end by certified mail with restricted delivery.

(c) new text begin If a public pension plan administration receives notice that the provisions of this section have not been complied with, or if a member selects a benefit form without the valid consent of the member's spouse, the executive director of the public pension plan shall suspend the payment of monthly benefits and shall take all actions necessary to comply with this subdivision.new text end

new text begin (d) new text end For the Teachers Retirement Association, the statement to the spouse that is required under paragraph (a) must be sent before or upon the member's election of an annuity.

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Plan exclusions. new text end

new text begin This section does not apply to: new text end

new text begin (1) any volunteer fire relief association to which sections 69.771 to 69.776 apply; and new text end

new text begin (2) any plan under which the applicable surviving spouse would receive automatic surviving spouse coverage if a joint and survivor annuity were not elected. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Disabilitant survivor treatment. new text end

new text begin This section should not be interpreted as prohibiting payment of a survivor annuity to the spouse of a deceased disabilitant, in lieu of any other annuity, if laws specific to the plan provide for a higher surviving spouse annuity. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Limitations due to marriage dissolution. new text end

new text begin The requirement to pay a 50 percent joint and survivor annuity is void if there is a court order to the contrary. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Liability waiver. new text end

new text begin The pension fund and plan, its employees, and any agent working on behalf of the plan administration are not liable for harm caused by any act of fraud committed by the retiring member or current or previous spouse, or any information withheld from, or incorrect information supplied to the plan administration. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2009, and applies to annuities that are elected and commence on or after that date. new text end

ARTICLE 5

ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 352.01, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:

Subd. 2a.

Included employees.

(a) "State employee" includes:

(1) employees of the Minnesota Historical Society;

(2) employees of the State Horticultural Society;

(3) employees of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association;

(4) employees of the adjutant general who are paid from federal funds and who are not covered by any federal civilian employees retirement system;

(5) employees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employed under the university or college activities program;

(6) currently contributing employees covered by the system who are temporarily employed by the legislature during a legislative session or any currently contributing employee employed for any special service as defined in subdivision 2b, clause (8);

(7) employees of the legislature appointed without a limit on the duration of their employment and persons employed or designated by the legislature or by a legislative committee or commission or other competent authority to conduct a special inquiry, investigation, examination, or installation;

(8) trainees who are employed on a full-time established training program performing the duties of the classified position for which they will be eligible to receive immediate appointment at the completion of the training period;

(9) employees of the Minnesota Safety Council;

(10) any employees on authorized leave of absence from the Transit Operating Division of the former Metropolitan Transit Commission who are employed by the labor organization which is the exclusive bargaining agent representing employees of the Transit Operating Division;

(11) employees of the Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission, or Metropolitan Radio Board unless excluded or covered by another public pension fund or plan under section 473.415, subdivision 3;

(12) judges of the Tax Court;

(13) personnel employed on June 30, 1992, by the University of Minnesota in the management, operation, or maintenance of its heating plant facilities, whose employment transfers to an employer assuming operation of the heating plant facilities, so long as the person is employed at the University of Minnesota heating plant by that employer or by its successor organization;

(14) seasonal help in the classified service employed by the Department of Revenue;

(15) persons employed by the Department of Commerce as a peace officer in the Insurance Fraud Prevention Division under section 45.0135 who have attained the mandatory retirement age specified in section 43A.34, subdivision 4;

(16) employees of the University of Minnesota unless excluded under subdivision 2b, clause (3); deleted text begin anddeleted text end

(17) employees of the Middle Management Association whose employment began after July 1, 2007, and to whom section 352.029 does not applydeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (18) employees of the Minnesota Government Engineers Council to whom section 352.029 does not apply. new text end

(b) Employees specified in paragraph (a), clause (13), are included employees under paragraph (a) if employer and employee contributions are made in a timely manner in the amounts required by section 352.04. Employee contributions must be deducted from salary. Employer contributions are the sole obligation of the employer assuming operation of the University of Minnesota heating plant facilities or any successor organizations to that employer.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 352.017, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Purchase procedure.

(a) An employee covered by a plan specified in this chapter may purchase credit for allowable service in that plan for a period specified in subdivision 1 if the employee makes a payment as specified in paragraph (b) or (c), whichever applies. The employing unit, at its option, may pay the employer portion of the amount specified in paragraph (b) on behalf of its employees.

(b) If payment is received by the executive director within one year from the deleted text begin end ofdeleted text end new text begin date the employee returned to work following new text end the authorized leave, the payment amount is equal to the employee and employer contribution rates specified in law for the applicable plan at the end of the leave period multiplied by the employee's hourly rate of salary on the date of return from the leave of absence and by the days and months of the leave of absence for which the employee deleted text begin wantsdeleted text end new text begin is eligible for new text end allowable service credit. deleted text begin Payments made under this paragraphdeleted text end new text begin The payment new text end must include compound interest at a monthly rate of 0.71 percent from the last day of the leave period until the last day of the month in which payment is received.new text begin If payment is received by the executive director after one year, the payment amount is the amount determined under section 356.551. Payment under this paragraph must be made before the date of termination from public employment covered under this chapter.new text end

(c) deleted text begin If payment is received by the executive director after one year, the payment amount is the amount determined under section 356.551.deleted text end new text begin If the employee terminates employment covered by this chapter during the leave or following the leave rather than returning to covered employment, payment must be received by the executive director within 30 days after the termination date. The payment amount is equal to the employee and employer contribution rates specified in law for the applicable plan on the day prior to the termination date, multiplied by the employee's hourly rate of salary on that date and by the days and months of the leave of absence prior to termination.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2007. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Duties and powers of board of directors.

new text begin (a) new text end The board shall:

(1) elect a chair;

(2) appoint an executive director;

(3) establish rules to administer this chapter and chapters 3A, 352B, 352C, 352D, and 490 and transact the business of the system, subject to the limitations of law;

(4) consider and dispose of, or take any other action the board of directors deems appropriate concerning denials of applications for annuities or disability benefits under this chapter, and complaints of employees and others pertaining to the retirement of employees and the operation of the system;

deleted text begin (5) advise the director on any matters relating to the system and carrying out functions and purposes of this chapter. The board's advice shall control; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text end new text begin (5) new text end oversee the administration of the state deferred compensation plan established in section 352.96new text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (6) oversee the administration of the health care savings plan established in section 352.98new text end .

deleted text begin The director and assistant director must be in the unclassified service but appointees may be selected from civil service lists if desired. The salary of the executive director must be as provided by section 15A.0815. The salary of the assistant director must be set in accordance with section 43A.18, subdivision 3. deleted text end

new text begin (b) The board shall advise the director on any matters relating to the system and carrying out functions and purposes of this chapter. The board's advice shall control. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.03, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Executive directornew text begin ; assistant directornew text end .

new text begin (a) new text end The executive director, in this chapter called the director, of the system must be appointed by the board on the basis of fitness, experience in the retirement field, and leadership ability. The director must have had at least five years' experience on the administrative staff of a major retirement system.

new text begin (b) The executive director and assistant director must be in the unclassified service but appointees may be selected from civil service lists if desired. The salary of the executive director must be as provided by section 15A.0815. The salary of the assistant director must be set in accordance with section 43A.18, subdivision 3. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.22, subdivision 10, is amended to read:

Subd. 10.

Other refunds.

Former employees covered by the system are entitled to apply for refunds if they are or become members of the State Patrol retirement fund, the state Teachers Retirement Association, or employees of the University of Minnesota excluded from coverage under the system by action of the Board of Regents; or employees of the adjutant general who under federal law effectually elect membership in a federal retirement system; or officers or employees of the senate or house of representatives, excluded from coverage under section 352.01, subdivision 2b, clause (7). The refunds must include accumulated contributions plus interest as provided in subdivision 2. deleted text begin These employees may apply for a refund once 30 days or more have elapsed after their coverage ceases, even if they continue in state service but in positions not covered by this chapter.deleted 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. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 352.955, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Payment of additional equivalent contributions; post-June 30, 2007, coverage transfers.

(a) An eligible employee who deleted text begin wasdeleted text end new text begin is new text end transferred to plan coverage after June 30, 2007, and who elects to transfer past service credit under this section must pay an additional member contribution for that prior service period. The additional member contribution is deleted text begin (1) the difference between the member contribution rate or rates for the general state employees retirement plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System for the period of employment covered by the service credit to be transferred and the member contribution rate or rates for the correctional state employees retirement plan for the most recent 12 month period of employment covered by the service credit to be transferred, plus annual compound interest at the rate of 8.5 percent, and (2)deleted text end new text begin the amount computed under paragraph (b), plus the greater of the amount computed under paragraph (c), or new text end 40 percent of the unfunded actuarial accrued liability attributable to the past service credit transfer. deleted text begin The unfunded actuarial accrued liability attributable to the past service credit transfer is the present value of the benefit obtained by the transfer of the service credit to the correctional state employees retirement plan reduced by the amount of the asset transfer under subdivision 4, by the amount of the member contribution equivalent payment under clause (1), and by the amount of the employer contribution equivalent payment under paragraph (c), clause (1).deleted text end

(b) new text begin The executive director shall compute, for the most recent 12 months of service credit eligible for transfer, or for the entire period eligible for transfer if less than 12 months, the difference between the employee contribution rate or rates for the general state employees retirement plan and the employee contribution rate or rates for the correctional state employees retirement plan applied to the eligible employee's salary during that transfer period, plus compound interest at a monthly rate of 0.71 percent.new text end

new text begin (c) The executive director shall compute, for any service credit being transferred on behalf of the eligible employee and not included under paragraph (b), the difference between the employee contribution rate or rates for the general state employees retirement plan and the employee contribution rate or rates for the correctional state employees retirement plan applied to the eligible employee's salary during that transfer period, plus compound interest at a monthly rate of 0.71 percent. new text end

new text begin (d) The executive director shall compute an amount using the process specified in paragraph (b), but based on differences in employer contribution rates between the general state employees retirement plan and the correctional state employees retirement plan rather than employee contribution rates. new text end

new text begin (e) The executive director shall compute an amount using the process specified in paragraph (c), but based on differences in employer contribution rates between the general state employees retirement plan and the correctional state employees retirement plan rather than employee contribution rates. new text end

new text begin (f) new text end The additional equivalent member contribution under this subdivision must be paid in a lump sum. Payment must accompany the election to transfer the prior service credit. No transfer election or additional equivalent member contribution payment may be made by a person or accepted by the executive director after the one year anniversary date of the effective date of the retirement coverage transfer, or the date on which the eligible employee terminates state employment, whichever is earlier.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (g) new text end If an eligible employee elects to transfer past service credit under this section and pays the additional equivalent member contribution amount under deleted text begin subdivision 2deleted text end new text begin paragraph (a)new text end , the applicable department shall pay an additional equivalent employer contribution amount. The additional employer contribution is deleted text begin (1) the difference between the employer contribution rate or rates for the general state employees retirement plan for the period of employment covered by the service credit to be transferred and the employer contribution rate or rates for the correctional state employees retirement plan for the period of employment covered by the service credit to be transferred, plus annual compound interest at the rate of 8.5 percent, and (2)deleted text end new text begin the amount computed under paragraph (d), plus the greater of the amount computed under paragraph (e), or new text end 60 percent of the unfunded actuarial accrued liability attributable to the past service credit transferdeleted text begin calculated as provided in paragraph (a), clause (2)deleted text end .

new text begin (h) The unfunded actuarial accrued liability attributable to the past service credit transfer is the present value of the benefit obtained by the transfer of the service credit to the correctional state employees retirement plan reduced by the amount of the asset transfer under subdivision 4, by the amount of the member contribution equivalent payment computed under paragraph (b), and by the amount of the employer contribution equivalent payment computed under paragraph (d). new text end

deleted text begin (d)deleted text end new text begin (i) new text end The additional equivalent employer contribution under this subdivision must be paid in a lump sum and must be paid within 30 days of the date on which the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System certifies to the applicable department that the employee paid the additional equivalent member contribution.

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 2007 Supplement, section 352.955, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Effect of the asset transfer.

Upon the transfer of assets under subdivision 4, the service credit in the general state employees retirement plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System new text begin related to the period being transferred new text end is forfeited and may not be reinstated. The transferred service credit and the transferred assets must be credited to the correctional state employees retirement plan and fund, respectively.

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 2006, section 352.98, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Plan created.

new text begin This section must be administered by the executive director of the system with the advice and consent of the board of directors. new text end The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end shall establish a plan or plans, known as health care savings plans, through which deleted text begin public employers and employeesdeleted text end new text begin an officer or employee of the state or of a political subdivision, including officers or employees covered by a plan or fund specified in chapter 353D, 354B, 354D, 424A, or section 356.20, subdivision 2, new text end may save to cover health care costs. new text begin For purposes of this section, a volunteer firefighter is an employee. new text end The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end shall make available one or more trusts, including a governmental trust or governmental trusts, authorized under the Internal Revenue Code to be eligible for tax-preferred or tax-free treatment through which employers and employees can save to cover health care costs.

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 2006, section 352.98, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Contracting authorized.

The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement System is authorized todeleted text end new text begin executive director shall new text end administer the plan and deleted text begin todeleted text end contract with public and private entities to provide investment services, record keeping, benefit payments, and other functions necessary for the administration of the plan. If allowed by the Minnesota State Board of Investment, the Minnesota State Board of Investment supplemental investment funds may be offered as investment options under the health care savings plan or plans.

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 2006, section 352.98, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Contributions.

(a) Contributions to the plan must be deleted text begin determined throughdeleted text end new text begin defined in new text end a personnel policy or in a collective bargaining agreement of a public employer deleted text begin with the exclusive representative of the covered employees in an appropriate unitdeleted text end new text begin or political subdivisionnew text end . The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end may offer different types of trusts permitted under the Internal Revenue Code to best meet the needs of different deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin employer new text end units.

(b) Contributions to the plan by or on behalf of the deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin participant new text end must be held in trust for reimbursement of deleted text begin employee and dependentdeleted text end new text begin eligible new text end health-related expenses new text begin for participants and their dependents new text end following deleted text begin retirementdeleted text end new text begin termination new text end from public employment or during active employment. The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end shall maintain a separate account of the contributions made by or on behalf of each participant and the earnings thereon. The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end shall make available a limited range of investment options, and each deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin participant new text end may direct the investment of the accumulations in the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end account among the investment options made available by the deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive directornew text end . deleted text begin At the request of a participating employer and employee group, the Minnesota State Retirement System may determine how the assets of the affected employer and employee group should be invested.deleted text end

(c) This section does not obligate a public employer to meet and negotiate in good faith with the exclusive bargaining representative of any public employee group regarding an employer contribution to a postretirement or active employee health care savings plan authorized by this section and section 356.24, subdivision 1, clause (7). It is not the intent of the legislature to authorize the state to incur new funding obligations for the costs of retiree health care or the costs of administering retiree health care plans or accounts.

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 2006, section 352.98, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Reimbursement for health-related expenses.

The deleted text begin Minnesota State Retirement Systemdeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end shall reimburse deleted text begin employeesdeleted text end new text begin participants new text end at least quarterly for deleted text begin submitteddeleted text end new text begin eligible new text end health-related expenses, as deleted text begin requireddeleted text end new text begin allowable new text end by federal and state law, until the deleted text begin employeedeleted text end new text begin participant new text end exhausts the accumulation in the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end account. If deleted text begin an employeedeleted text end new text begin a participant new text end dies prior to exhausting the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end account balance, the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end spouse or dependents are eligible to be reimbursed for health care expenses from the account until the account balance is exhausted. If an account balance remains after the death of a participant and all of the participant's legal dependents, the remainder of the account must be paid to the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end beneficiaries or, if none, to the deleted text begin employee'sdeleted text end new text begin participant's new text end estate.

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 2006, section 352.98, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Fees.

The deleted text begin Minnesota state retirement plandeleted text end new text begin executive director new text end is authorized to charge uniform fees to participants to cover the ongoing cost of operating the plan. Any fees not needed must revert to participant accounts or be used to reduce plan fees the following 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.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352D.075, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:

Subd. 2a.

Surviving spouse coverage term certain.

In lieu of the annuity under subdivision 2, clause (2) or (3), or in lieu of a distribution under subdivision 2, clause (1), the surviving spouse of a deceased participant may elect to receive survivor coverage in the form of a term certain annuity of deleted text begin five, sixdeleted text end new text begin tennew text end , 15, or 20 years, based on the value of the remaining shares. The monthly term certain annuity must be calculated 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. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353.01, subdivision 2b, is amended to read:

Subd. 2b.

Excluded employees.

The following public employees are not eligible to participate as members of the association with retirement coverage by the public employees retirement plan, the local government correctional employees retirement plan under chapter 353E, or the public employees police and fire retirement plan:

(1) public officers, other than county sheriffs, who are elected to a governing body, or persons who are appointed to fill a vacancy in an elective office of a governing body, whose term of office commences on or after July 1, 2002, for the service to be rendered in that elective position;

(2) election officers or election judges;

(3) patient and inmate personnel who perform services for a governmental subdivision;

(4) except as otherwise specified in subdivision 12a, employees who are hired for a temporary position as defined under subdivision 12a, and employees who resign from a nontemporary position and accept a temporary position within 30 days in the same governmental subdivision;

(5) employees who are employed by reason of work emergency caused by fire, flood, storm, or similar disaster;

(6) employees who by virtue of their employment in one governmental subdivision are required by law to be a member of and to contribute to any of the plans or funds administered by the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Teachers Retirement Association, the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, or any police or firefighters relief association governed by section 69.77 that has not consolidated with the Public Employees Retirement Association, or any local police or firefighters consolidation account who have not elected the type of benefit coverage provided by the public employees police and fire fund under sections 353A.01 to 353A.10, or any persons covered by section 353.665, subdivision 4, 5, or 6, who have not elected public employees police and fire plan benefit coverage. This clause must not be construed to prevent a person from being a member of and contributing to the Public Employees Retirement Association and also belonging to and contributing to another public pension plan or fund for other service occurring during the same period of time. A person who meets the definition of "public employee" in subdivision 2 by virtue of other service occurring during the same period of time becomes a member of the association unless contributions are made to another public retirement fund on the salary based on the other service or to the Teachers Retirement Association by a teacher as defined in section 354.05, subdivision 2;

(7) persons who are members of a religious order and are excluded from coverage under the federal Old Age, Survivors, Disability, and Health Insurance Program for the performance of service as specified in United States Code, title 42, section 410(a)(8)(A), as amended through January 1, 1987, if no irrevocable election of coverage has been made under section 3121(r) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended;

(8) employees of a governmental subdivision who have not reached the age of 23 and are enrolled on a full-time basis to attend or are attending classes on a full-time basis at an accredited school, college, or university in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional-technical program, or a public or charter high school;

(9) resident physicians, medical interns, and pharmacist residents and pharmacist interns who are serving in a degree or residency program in public hospitalsnew text begin or clinicsnew text end ;

(10) students who are serving in an internship or residency program sponsored by an accredited educational institution;

(11) persons who hold a part-time adult supplementary technical college license who render part-time teaching service in a technical college;

(12) except for employees of Hennepin County or Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., foreign citizens working for a governmental subdivision with a work permit of less than three years, or an H-1b visa valid for less than three years of employment. Upon notice to the association that the work permit or visa extends beyond the three-year period, the foreign citizens must be reported for membership from the date of the extension;

(13) public hospital employees who elected not to participate as members of the association before 1972 and who did not elect to participate from July 1, 1988, to October 1, 1988;

(14) except as provided in section 353.86, volunteer ambulance service personnel, as defined in subdivision 35, but persons who serve as volunteer ambulance service personnel may still qualify as public employees under subdivision 2 and may be members of the Public Employees Retirement Association and participants in the public employees retirement fund or the public employees police and fire fund, whichever applies, on the basis of compensation received from public employment service other than service as volunteer ambulance service personnel;

(15) except as provided in section 353.87, volunteer firefighters, as defined in subdivision 36, engaging in activities undertaken as part of volunteer firefighter duties; provided that a person who is a volunteer firefighter may still qualify as a public employee under subdivision 2 and may be a member of the Public Employees Retirement Association and a participant in the public employees retirement fund or the public employees police and fire fund, whichever applies, on the basis of compensation received from public employment activities other than those as a volunteer firefighter;

(16) pipefitters and associated trades personnel employed by Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, with coverage under a collective bargaining agreement by the pipefitters local 455 pension plan who were either first employed after May 1, 1997, or, if first employed before May 2, 1997, elected to be excluded under Laws 1997, chapter 241, article 2, section 12;

(17) electrical workers, plumbers, carpenters, and associated trades personnel employed by Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, or the city of St. Paul, who have retirement coverage under a collective bargaining agreement by the Electrical Workers Local 110 pension plan, the United Association Plumbers Local 34 pension plan, or the Carpenters Local 87 pension plan who were either first employed after May 1, 2000, or, if first employed before May 2, 2000, elected to be excluded under Laws 2000, chapter 461, article 7, section 5;

(18) bricklayers, allied craftworkers, cement masons, glaziers, glassworkers, painters, allied tradesworkers, and plasterers employed by the city of St. Paul or Independent School District No. 625, St. Paul, with coverage under a collective bargaining agreement by the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 pension plan, the Cement Masons Local 633 pension plan, the Glaziers and Glassworkers Local L-1324 pension plan, the Painters and Allied Trades Local 61 pension plan, or the Twin Cities Plasterers Local 265 pension plan who were either first employed after May 1, 2001, or if first employed before May 2, 2001, elected to be excluded under Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 10, article 10, section 6;

(19) plumbers employed by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, with coverage under a collective bargaining agreement by the Plumbers Local 34 pension plan, who either were first employed after May 1, 2001, or if first employed before May 2, 2001, elected to be excluded under Laws 2001, First Special Session chapter 10, article 10, section 6;

(20) employees who are hired after June 30, 2002, to fill seasonal positions under subdivision 12b which are limited in duration by the employer to 185 consecutive calendar days or less in each year of employment with the governmental subdivision;

(21) persons who are provided supported employment or work-study positions by a governmental subdivision and who participate in an employment or industries program maintained for the benefit of these persons where the governmental subdivision limits the position's duration to three years or less, including persons participating in a federal or state subsidized on-the-job training, work experience, senior citizen, youth, or unemployment relief program where the training or work experience is not provided as a part of, or for, future permanent public employment;

(22) independent contractors and the employees of independent contractors; and

(23) reemployed annuitants of the association during the course of that reemployment.

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.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.01, subdivision 10, is amended to read:

Subd. 10.

Salary.

(a) Subject to the limitations of section 356.611, "salary" means:

(1) the periodic compensation of a public employee, before deductions for deferred compensation, supplemental retirement plans, or other voluntary salary reduction programs, and also means "wages" and includes net income from fees;

(2) for a public employee who is covered by a supplemental retirement plan under section 356.24, subdivision 1, clause (8), (9), or (10), which require all plan contributions be made by the employer, the contribution to the applicable supplemental retirement plan when new text begin an agreement between the parties establishes that new text end the contribution deleted text begin is fromdeleted text end new text begin will either result in a new text end mandatory deleted text begin withholdings fromdeleted text end new text begin reduction of new text end employees' wagesnew text begin through payroll withholdings, or be made in lieu of an amount that would otherwise be paid as wagesnew text end ; and

(3) for a public employee who has prior service covered by a local police or firefighters relief association that has consolidated with the Public Employees Retirement Association or to which section 353.665 applies and who has elected coverage either under the public employees police and fire fund benefit plan under section 353A.08 following the consolidation or under section 353.665, subdivision 4, the rate of salary upon which member contributions to the special fund of the relief association were made prior to the effective date of the consolidation as specified by law and by bylaw provisions governing the relief association on the date of the initiation of the consolidation procedure and the actual periodic compensation of the public employee after the effective date of consolidation.

(b) Salary does not mean:

(1) the fees paid to district court reporters, unused annual vacation or sick leave payments, in lump-sum or periodic payments, severance payments, reimbursement of expenses, lump-sum settlements not attached to a specific earnings period, or workers' compensation payments;

(2) employer-paid amounts used by an employee toward the cost of insurance coverage, employer-paid fringe benefits, flexible spending accounts, cafeteria plans, health care expense accounts, day care expenses, or any payments in lieu of any employer-paid group insurance coverage, including the difference between single and family rates that may be paid to a member with single coverage and certain amounts determined by the executive director to be ineligible;

(3) the amount equal to that which the employing governmental subdivision would otherwise pay toward single or family insurance coverage for a covered employee when, through a contract or agreement with some but not all employees, the employer:

(i) discontinues, or for new hires does not provide, payment toward the cost of the employee's selected insurance coverages under a group plan offered by the employer;

(ii) makes the employee solely responsible for all contributions toward the cost of the employee's selected insurance coverages under a group plan offered by the employer, including any amount the employer makes toward other employees' selected insurance coverages under a group plan offered by the employer; and

(iii) provides increased salary rates for employees who do not have any employer-paid group insurance coverages;

(4) except as provided in section 353.86 or 353.87, compensation of any kind paid to volunteer ambulance service personnel or volunteer firefighters, as defined in subdivision 35 or 36; deleted text begin anddeleted text end

(5) the amount of compensation that exceeds the limitation provided in section 356.611new text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (6) amounts paid by a federal or state grant for which the grant specifically prohibits grant proceeds from being used to make pension plan contributions, unless the contributions to the plan are made from sources other than the federal or state grantnew text end .

(c) Amounts provided to an employee by the employer through a grievance proceeding or a legal settlement are salary only if the settlement is reviewed by the executive director and the amounts are determined by the executive director to be consistent with paragraph (a) and prior determinations.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.01, subdivision 11a, is amended to read:

Subd. 11a.

Termination of public service.

(a) "Termination of public service" occurs (1) when a member resigns or is dismissed from public service by the employing governmental subdivision and the employee does not, within 30 days of the date the employment relationship ended, return to an employment position in the same governmental subdivision; or (2) when the employer-employee relationship is severed due to the expiration of a layoff under subdivision 12 or 12c.

(b) The termination of public service must be recorded in the association records upon receipt of an appropriate notice from the governmental subdivision.

new text begin (c) A termination of public service does not occur if, prior to termination of service, the member has an agreement, verbal or written, to return to a governmental subdivision as an employee, independent contractor, or employee of an independent contractor. 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. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.01, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 16b. new text end

new text begin Uncredited military service credit purchase. new text end

new text begin (a) A public employee who has at least three years of allowable service with the Public Employees Retirement Association or the public employees police and fire plan and who performed service in the United States armed forces before becoming a public employee, or who failed to obtain service credit for a military leave of absence under subdivision 16, paragraph (h), is entitled to purchase allowable service credit for the initial period of enlistment, induction, or call to active duty without any voluntary extension by making payment under section 356.551 if the public employee has not purchased service credit from any other Minnesota defined benefit public employee pension plan for the same period of service. new text end

new text begin (b) A public employee who desires to purchase service credit under paragraph (a) must apply with the executive director to make the purchase. The application must include all necessary documentation of the public employee's qualifications to make the purchase, signed written permission to allow the executive director to request and receive necessary verification of applicable facts and eligibility requirements, and any other relevant information that the executive director may require. new text end

new text begin (c) Allowable service credit for the purchase period must be granted by the Public Employees Retirement Association or the public employees police and fire plan, whichever applies, to the purchasing public employee upon receipt of the purchase payment amount. Payment must be made before the effective date of retirement of the public employee. new text end

new text begin (d) This subdivision is repealed July 1, 2013. 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. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353.0161, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Purchase procedure.

(a) An employee covered by a plan specified in subdivision 1 may purchase credit for allowable service in that plan for a period specified in subdivision 1 if the employee makes a payment as specified in paragraph (b) or (c), whichever applies. The employing unit, at its option, may pay the employer portion of the amount specified in paragraph (b) on behalf of its employees.

(b) If payment is received by the executive director within one year from the deleted text begin end ofdeleted text end new text begin date the member returned to work following new text end the authorized leave, new text begin or within 30 days after the date of termination of public service if the member did not return to work, new text end the payment amount is equal to the employee and employer contribution rates specified in law for the applicable plan at the end of the leave periodnew text begin , or at termination of public service, whichever is earlier,new text end multiplied by the employee's deleted text begin hourly rate ofdeleted text end new text begin average monthly new text end salary deleted text begin on the datedeleted text end new text begin upon which deductions were paid during the six months, or portion thereof, before the commencement new text end of deleted text begin return fromdeleted text end the leave of absence and by the deleted text begin days anddeleted text end new text begin number of new text end months of the leave of absence for which the employee wants allowable service credit. Payments made under this paragraph must include compound interest at a monthly rate of 0.71 percent from the last day of the leave period until the last day of the month in which payment is received.

(c) If payment is received by the executive director after one year, the payment amount is the amount determined under section 356.551.new text begin Payment under this paragraph must be made before the date the person terminates public service under section 353.01, subdivision 11a.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2007. new text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.27, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 7c. new text end

new text begin Limitation on additional plan coverage. new text end

new text begin No deductions for any plan under this chapter or chapter 353E may be taken from the salary of a person who is employed by a governmental subdivision under section 353.01, subdivision 6, and who is receiving disability benefit payments from any plan under this chapter or chapter 353E unless the person waives the right to further disability benefit payments. 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. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353.27, subdivision 14, is amended to read:

Subd. 14.

Treatment of periods before initial coverage date.

(a) If an entity is determined to be a governmental subdivision due to receipt of a written notice of eligibility from the association, that employer and its employees are subject to the requirements of subdivision 12, effective retroactively to the date that the executive director of the association determines that the entity first met the definition of a governmental subdivision, if that date predates the notice of eligibility.

(b) If the retroactive time period under paragraph (a) exceeds three years, an employee is authorized to purchase service credit in the applicable Public Employees Retirement Association plan for the portion of the period in excess of three years, by making payment under section 356.551.new text begin Notwithstanding section 356.551, subdivision 2, regarding time limits on purchases, payment may be made anytime before termination of public service.new text end

(c) This subdivision does not apply if the applicable employment under paragraph (a) included coverage by any public or private defined benefit or defined contribution retirement plan, other than a volunteer firefighters relief association. If this paragraph applies, an individual is prohibited from purchasing service credit for any period or periods specified in paragraph (a).

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.33, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Benefits paid under workers' compensation law.

new text begin (a) new text end Disability benefits paid shall be coordinated with any amountsnew text begin , other than those amounts excluded under paragraph (b),new text end received or receivable under workers' compensation lawdeleted text begin , such as temporary total, permanent total, temporary partial, permanent partial, or economic recovery compensation benefits,deleted text end in either periodic or lump sum payments from the employer under applicable workers' compensation laws, after deduction of amount of attorney fees, authorized under applicable workers' compensation laws, paid by a disabilitant. If the total of the single life annuity actuarial equivalent disability benefit and the workers' compensation benefit exceeds: (1) the salary the disabled member received as of the date of the disability or (2) the salary currently payable for the same employment position or an employment position substantially similar to the one the person held as of the date of the disability, whichever is greater, the disability benefit must be reduced to that amount which, when added to the workers' compensation benefits, does not exceed the greater of the salaries described in clauses (1) and (2).

new text begin (b) Permanent partial disability payments provided for in section 176.101, subdivision 2a, and retraining payments provided for in section 176.102, subdivision 11, must not be offset from disability payments due under paragraph (a) if the amounts of the permanent partial or retraining payments are reported to the executive director in a manner specified by the executive 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. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.64, subdivision 11, is amended to read:

Subd. 11.

Pension coverage for certain tribal police officers exercising state arrest powers.

(a) The governing body of a tribal police department which is exercising state arrest powers under section 626.90, 626.91, 626.92, or 626.93 may request by resolution to the executive director that its police officers be considered public employees under section 353.01, subdivision 2, be considered a police officer under section 353.64, subdivision 1, and become members of the public employees police and fire retirement plan and that the tribal police department be considered a governmental subdivision under section 353.01, subdivision 6.

deleted text begin (b) The executive director of the association must approve the request by a tribal police department under paragraph (a) if a ruling made by the federal Internal Revenue Service provides that: deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the tribal police department is an agency or instrumentality of the state of Minnesota for purposes of enforcing state law; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) contributions made by the tribal police department to a retirement plan on behalf of employees of the tribal police department are contributions to a governmental plan within the meaning of section 414(d) of the federal Internal Revenue Code. deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (b) new text end Following the approval of the request by the executive director, the head of the police department or that person's designee must immediately report for membership in the police and fire fund a person who is employed as a full-time or part-time police officer in a position that meets the conditions in sections 353.01, subdivision 2a, and 353.64, subdivisions 1 and 2. The police department head or that person's designee must deduct the employee contributions from the salary of each eligible police officer as required by section 353.65, subdivision 2, and make the employer contributions required by section 353.65, subdivision 3. The head of the police department or that person's designee must meet the reporting requirements in section 353.65, subdivision 4.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353.656, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Benefits paid under workers' compensation law.

new text begin (a) new text end If a member, as described in subdivision 1, is injured under circumstances which entitle the member to receive benefits under the workers' compensation law, the member shall receive the same benefits as provided in subdivision 1, with disability benefits paid reimbursed and future benefits reduced by all periodic or lump sum amountsnew text begin , other than those amounts excluded under paragraph (b),new text end paid to the member under the workers' compensation law, after deduction of amount of attorney fees, authorized under applicable workers' compensation laws, paid by a disabilitant if the total of the single life annuity actuarial equivalent disability benefit and the workers' compensation benefit exceeds: (1) the salary the disabled member received as of the date of the disability or (2) the salary currently payable for the same employment position or an employment position substantially similar to the one the person held as of the date of the disability, whichever is greater. The disability benefit must be reduced to that amount which, when added to the workers' compensation benefits, does not exceed the greater of the salaries described in clauses (1) and (2).

new text begin (b) Permanent partial disability payments provided for in section 176.101, subdivision 2a, and retraining payments provided for in section 176.102, subdivision 11, must not be offset from disability payments due under paragraph (a) if the amounts of the permanent partial or retraining payments are reported to the executive director in a manner specified by the executive 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. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353D.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Investment options.

(a) A participant may elect to purchase shares in the income share account, the growth share account, the international share account, the money market account, the bond market account, the fixed interest account, or the common stock index account established by section 11A.17, or a combination of those accounts. The participant may elect to purchase shares in a combination of those accounts by specifying the percentage of the total contributions to be used to purchase shares in each of the accounts.

(b) A participant or a former participant may indicate in writing a choice of options for subsequent purchases of shares. After a choice is made, until the participant or former participant makes a different written indication, the executive director of the association shall purchase shares in the supplemental investment account or accounts specified by the participant. If no initial option is indicated by a participant or the specifications made by the participant exceeds 100 percent to be invested in more than one account, the executive director shall invest all contributions made by or on behalf of a participant in the income share account. If the specifications are less than 100 percent, the executive director shall invest the remaining percentage in the income share account. deleted text begin A choice of investment options is effective the first of the month following the date of receipt of the signed written choice of options.deleted text end

(c) Shares in the fixed interest account attributable to any guaranteed investment contract as of July 1, 1994, may not be withdrawn from the fund or transferred to another account until the guaranteed investment contract has expired, unless the participant qualifies for a benefit payment under section 353D.07.

(d) A participant or former participant may also change the investment options selected for all or a portion of the individual's previously purchased shares in accounts, subject to the provisions of paragraph (c) concerning the fixed interest account. deleted text begin A change under this paragraph is effective the first of the month following the date of receipt of a signed written choice of options.deleted text end

(e) The change or selection of an investment option or the transfer of all or a portion of the deceased or former participant's shares in the income share, growth share, common stock index, bond market, international share, money market, or fixed interest accounts must not be made following death of the participant or former participant.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 25.

new text begin [353D.071] FEDERAL COMPLIANCE. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them. new text end

new text begin (b) "Designated beneficiary" means the person designated as the beneficiary under section 353D.07, subdivision 5, and who is the designated beneficiary under section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code and section 1.401(a)(9)-1, Q&A-4 of the Treasury regulations. new text end

new text begin (c) "Distribution calendar year" means a calendar year for which a minimum distribution is required. For distributions beginning before the member's death, the first distribution calendar year is the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year which contains the member's required beginning date. For distributions beginning after the member's death, the first distribution calendar year is the calendar year in which distributions are required to begin under subdivision 2, paragraph (c). The required minimum distribution for the member's first distribution calendar year shall be made on or before the member's required beginning date. new text end

new text begin (d) "Member's account balance" means the account balance as of the last valuation date in the valuation calendar year increased by the amount of any contributions made and allocated to the account balance as of dates in the valuation calendar year after the valuation date and decreased by distributions made in the valuation calendar year after the valuation date. The account balance for the valuation calendar year includes any amounts rolled over or transferred to the plan either in the valuation calendar year or in the distribution calendar year if distributed or transferred in the valuation calendar year. new text end

new text begin (e) "Required beginning date" means the later of April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year that the member attains age 70 years, six months, or April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the member terminates employment. new text end

new text begin (f) "Valuation calendar year" means the calendar year immediately preceding the distribution calendar year. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Required minimum distributions. new text end

new text begin (a) The provisions of this subdivision shall apply for purposes of determining required minimum distributions for calendar years beginning with the 2003 calendar year and will take precedence over any inconsistent provisions of the plan. All distributions required under this section will be determined and made in accordance with the treasury regulations under section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code, including regulations providing special rules for governmental plans, as defined under section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, that comply with a reasonable good faith interpretation of the minimum distribution requirements. new text end

new text begin (b) The member's entire interest will be distributed to the member in a lump sum no later than the member's required beginning date. new text end

new text begin (c) If the member dies before the required minimum distribution is made, the member's entire interest will be distributed in a lump sum no later than as follows: new text end

new text begin (1) if the member's surviving spouse is the member's sole designated beneficiary, the distribution must be made by December 31 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the member died, or by December 31 of the calendar year in which the member would have attained age 70 years, six months, whichever is later; new text end

new text begin (2) if the member's surviving spouse is not the member's sole beneficiary, or if there is no designated beneficiary as of September 30 of the year following the year of the member's death, the member's entire interest shall be distributed by December 31 of the calendar year containing the fifth anniversary of the member's death as directed under section 353D.07, subdivision 5; or new text end

new text begin (3) if the member's surviving spouse is the member's sole designated beneficiary and the surviving spouse dies after the member, but before the account balance is distributed to the surviving spouse, paragraph (c), clause (2), shall apply as if the surviving spouse were the member. new text end

new text begin (d) For purposes of paragraph (c), unless clause (3) applies, distributions are considered to be made on the member's required beginning date. If paragraph (c), clause (3), applies, distributions are considered to begin on the date distributions are required to be made to the surviving spouse under paragraph (c), clause (1). 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. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353F.02, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Medical facility.

"Medical facility" means:

(1) Bridges Medical Services;

(2) the City of Cannon Falls Hospital;

(3) Clearwater County Memorial Hospital doing business as Clearwater Health Services in Bagley;

(4) the Dassel Lakeside Community Home;

(5) the Fair Oaks Lodge, Wadena;

(6) the Glencoe Area Health Center;

(7) the Hutchinson Area Health Care;

(8) deleted text begin the Kanabec Hospital;deleted text end

deleted text begin (9)deleted text end the Lakefield Nursing Home;

deleted text begin (10)deleted text end new text begin (9) new text end the Lakeview Nursing Home in Gaylord;

deleted text begin (11)deleted text end new text begin (10) new text end the Luverne Public Hospital;

deleted text begin (12) the Northfield Hospital; deleted text end

deleted text begin (13)deleted text end new text begin (11) new text end the Oakland Park Nursing Home;

deleted text begin (14)deleted text end new text begin (12) new text end the RenVilla Nursing Home;

deleted text begin (15) the Renville County Hospital in Olivia; deleted text end

deleted text begin (16)deleted text end new text begin (13) new text end the St. Peter Community Healthcare Center; and

deleted text begin (17)deleted text end new text begin (14) new text end the Waconia-Ridgeview Medical Center.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 27.

new text begin [353F.025] CERTIFICATION AND DECERTIFICATION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES AND OTHER PUBLIC EMPLOYING UNITS. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Eligibility determination. new text end

new text begin (a) The chief clerical officer of a governmental subdivision may submit a resolution from the governing body to the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association which supports providing coverage under this chapter for employees of that governmental subdivision who are privatized, and which states that the governing body will pay for actuarial calculations, as further specified in paragraph (c). new text end

new text begin (b) The governing body must also provide a copy of any applicable purchase or lease agreement and any other information requested by the executive director to allow the executive director to verify that under the proposed employer change, the new employer does not qualify as a governmental subdivision under section 353.01, subdivision 6, making the employees ineligible for continued coverage as active members of the general employees retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association. new text end

new text begin (c) Following receipt of a resolution and a determination by the executive director that the new employer is not a governmental subdivision, the executive director shall direct the consulting actuary retained under section 356.214 to determine whether the general employees retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association is expected to receive a net gain if privatization occurs, by determining whether the actuarial liability of the special benefit coverage provided under this chapter, if extended to the applicable employees under the privatization, is less than the actuarial gain otherwise to accrue to the plan. The date of the actuarial calculations used to make this determination must be within one year of the effective date, as defined in section 353F.02, subdivision 3. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Recommendation to legislature. new text end

new text begin (a) If the actuarial calculations under subdivision 1, paragraph (c), indicate that a net gain to the general employees retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association is expected due to the privatization, the executive director shall forward a recommendation and supporting documentation to the chair of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, the chair of the Governmental Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee of the house of representatives, the chair of the State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee of the senate, and the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. The recommendation must be in the form of an addition to the definition of "medical facility" under section 353F.02, subdivision 4, or to "other public employing unit" under section 353F.02, subdivision 5, whichever is applicable. The recommendation must be forwarded to the legislature before January 15 for the recommendation to be considered in that year's legislative session. new text end

new text begin (b) If a medical facility or other public employing unit listed under section 353F.02, subdivision 4 or 5, fails to privatize within one year of the final enactment date of the legislation adding the entity to the applicable definition, its inclusion under this chapter is voided, and the executive director shall include in the proposed legislation under paragraph (a) a recommendation that the applicable entity be stricken from the definition. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Date of application. new text end

new text begin For any privatization added to this chapter after the effective date of this section, the first date of coverage is the effective date as defined in section 353F.02, subdivision 3. 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. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354.096, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Payment.

deleted text begin (a)deleted text end Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, a member who is granted a family leave under United States Code, title 42, section 12631, may receive allowable service credit for the leave by making payment deleted text begin of the employee, employer, and additional employer contributions at the rates under section 354.42, during the leave period as applied to the member's average full-time monthly salary rate on the date the leave commenceddeleted text end new text begin under section 354.72new text end .

deleted text begin (b) If payment is made after the leave terminates, section 354.72 applies. deleted text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354.33, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Retirees not eligible for federal benefits.

deleted text begin Notwithstanding the provisions of section 354.55, subdivision 3,deleted text end When any person retires after July 1, 1973, who (1) has ten or more years of allowable service, and (2) does not have any retroactive Social Security coverage by reason of the person's position in the retirement system, and (3) does not qualify for federal old age and survivor primary benefits at the time of retirement, the annuity must be computed under section 354.44, subdivision 2, of the law in effect on June 30, 1969, except that accumulations after June 30, 1957, must be calculated using the same mortality table and interest assumption as are used to transfer the required reserves to the Minnesota postretirement investment fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354.72, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Purchase procedure.

(a) A teacher may purchase credit for allowable and formula service in the plan for a period specified in subdivision 1 if the teacher makes a payment as specified in paragraph (b) deleted text begin ordeleted text end new text begin ,new text end (c), new text begin or (d), new text end whichever applies. The employing unit, at its option, may pay the employer portion of the amount deleted text begin specified in paragraph (b)deleted text end on behalf of its employees.

(b) If payment is received by the executive director deleted text begin within one year from the enddeleted text end new text begin by June 30 of the fiscal year new text end of the strike period or authorized leave new text begin included new text end under section 354.093, 354.095, or 354.096, deleted text begin ordeleted text end new text begin payment must equal the total employee and employer contribution rates, including amortization contribution rates if applicable, multiplied by the member's average monthly salary rate on the date the leave or strike period commenced, or for an extended leave under section 354.094, on the salary received during the year immediately preceding the initial year of the leave, multiplied by the months and portions of a month of the leave or strike period for which the teacher seeks allowable service credit.new text end

new text begin (c) If payment is made new text end after June 30 and before the following June 30 for new text begin a strike period or for leaves of absence under section 354.093, 354.095, or 354.096, or for new text end an extended leave of absence under section 354.094, the payment deleted text begin must equal the total employee and employer contributions, including amortization contributions if applicable, given the contribution rates in section 354.42, multiplied by the member's average monthly salary rate on the commencement of the leave or period of strike, multiplied by the months and portions of a month of the leave of absence or period of strike for which the teacher seeks allowable service credit. Payments made under this paragraphdeleted text end must include new text begin the amount determined in paragraph (b) plus new text end compound interest at a monthly rate of 0.71 percent from deleted text begin the last day of the leave period or strike period, or fromdeleted text end June 30 deleted text begin for an extended leave of absence under section 354.094,deleted text end until the last day of the month in which payment is received.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end new text begin (d) new text end If payment is received by the executive director after the applicable last permitted date under paragraph deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (c)new text end , the payment amount is the amount determined under section 356.551.new text begin Notwithstanding payment deadlines specified in section 356.551, payment under this section may be made anytime before the effective date of retirement.new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2007. new text end

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.47, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Payment.

(a) deleted text begin Upon the retired member attaining the age of 65 years or upon the first day of the month next following the month occurringdeleted text end new text begin Beginning new text end one year after the deleted text begin termination of thedeleted text end reemployment new text begin withholding period ends relating to the reemployment new text end that gave rise to the limitation, deleted text begin whichever is later,deleted text end and the filing of a written application, the retired member is entitled to the payment, in a lump sum, of the value of the person's amount under subdivision 2, plus interest at the compound annual rate of six percent from the date that the amount was deducted from the retirement annuity to the date of payment.

(b) The written application must be on a form prescribed by the chief administrative officer of the applicable retirement plan.

(c) If the retired member dies before the payment provided for in paragraph (a) is made, the amount is payable, upon written application, to the deceased person's surviving spouse, or if none, to the deceased person's designated beneficiary, or if none, to the deceased person's estate.

(d) In lieu of the direct payment of the person's amount under subdivision 2, on or after the payment date under paragraph (a), if the federal Internal Revenue Code so permits, the retired member may elect to have all or any portion of the payment amount under this section paid in the form of a direct rollover to an eligible retirement plan as defined in section 402(c) of the federal Internal Revenue Code that is specified by the retired member. If the retired member dies with a balance remaining payable under this section, the surviving spouse of the retired member, or if none, the deceased person's designated beneficiary, or if none, the administrator of the deceased person's estate may elect a direct rollover under this paragraph.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from January 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.551, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Determination.

(a) Unless the minimum purchase amount set forth in paragraph (c) applies, the prior service credit purchase amount is an amount equal to the actuarial present value, on the date of payment, as calculated by the chief administrative officer of the pension plan and reviewed by the actuary retained under section 356.214, of the amount of the additional retirement annuity obtained by the acquisition of the additional service credit in this section.

(b) Calculation of this amount must be made using the preretirement interest rate applicable to the public pension plan specified in section 356.215, subdivision 8, and the mortality table adopted for the public pension plan. The calculation must assume continuous future service in the public pension plan until, and retirement at, the age at which the minimum requirements of the fund for normal retirement or retirement with an annuity unreduced for retirement at an early age, including section 356.30, are met with the additional service credit purchased. The calculation must also assume a full-time equivalent salary, or actual salary, whichever is greater, and a future salary history that includes annual salary increases at the applicable salary increase rate for the plan specified in section 356.215, subdivision 4d.

deleted text begin (c) The prior service credit purchase amount may not be less than the amount determined by applying the current employee or member contribution rate, the employer contribution rate, and the additional employer contribution rate, if any, to the person's current annual salary and multiplying that result by the number of whole and fraction years of service to be purchased. deleted text end

new text begin (c) The prior service credit purchase amount may not be less than the amount determined by applying, for each year or fraction of a year being purchased, the sum of the employee contribution rate, the employer contribution rate, and the additional employer contribution rate, if any, applicable during that period, to the person's annual salary during that period, or fractional portion of a year's salary, if applicable, plus interest at the annual rate of 8.5 percent compounded annually from the end of the year in which contributions would otherwise have been made to the date on which the payment is received. new text end

(d) new text begin Unless otherwise provided by statutes governing a specific plan, new text end payment must be made in one lump sum within one year of the prior service credit authorizationnew text begin or prior to the member's effective date of retirement, whichever is earliernew text end . Payment of the amount calculated under this section must be made by the applicable eligible person.

(e) However, the current employer or the prior employer may, at its discretion, pay all or any portion of the payment amount that exceeds an amount equal to the employee contribution rates in effect during the period or periods of prior service applied to the actual salary rates in effect during the period or periods of prior service, plus interest at the rate of 8.5 percent a year compounded annually from the date on which the contributions would otherwise have been made to the date on which the payment is made. If the employer agrees to payments under this subdivision, the purchaser must make the employee payments required under this subdivision within 90 days of the prior service credit authorization. If that employee payment is made, the employer payment under this subdivision must be remitted to the chief administrative officer of the public pension plan within 60 days of receipt by the chief administrative officer of the employee payments specified under this subdivision.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.611, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Federal compensation limits.

(a) For members of a covered pension plan enumerated in section 356.30, subdivision 3, new text begin and of the plan established under chapter 353D, new text end compensation in excess of the limitation specified in section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, for changes in the cost of living under section 401(a)(17)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code, may not be included for contribution and benefit computation purposes.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for members specified in paragraph (a) who first contributed to a deleted text begin covereddeleted text end plan new text begin specified in that paragraph new text end before July 1, 1995, the annual compensation limit specified in Internal Revenue Code 401(a)(17) on June 30, 1993, applies if that provides a greater allowable annual compensation.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.611, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Maximum annual addition limitation. new text end

new text begin The annual additions on behalf of a member to the plan established under chapter 352D or 353D for any limitation year beginning after December 31, 2001, shall not exceed the lesser of one hundred percent of the member's compensation, as defined for purposes of section 415(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; or $40,000, as adjusted by the United States secretary of the treasury under section 415(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. 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. 35.

Laws 2002, chapter 392, article 2, section 4, is amended to read:

Sec. 4.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

(a) Sections 1, 2, and 3 are effective retroactive to July 1, 2001.

(b) The authority to obtain credit for allowable service under section 1, clause (11); new text begin and new text end section 2, paragraph (a), clause (8)deleted text begin ; and section 3, clause (9)deleted text end , expires 12 months after the date of enactment.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively without interruption from July 1, 2002. new text end

Sec. 36.

Laws 2006, chapter 271, article 5, section 5, is amended to read:

Sec. 5.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

(a) Sections 1, 3, and 4 are effective the day following final enactment and section 3 has effect retroactively from July 25, 2005.

(b) Section 2 with respect to the Cannon Falls Hospital District is effective upon the latter of:

(1) the day after the governing body of the Cannon Falls Hospital District and its chief clerical officer meet the requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3; and

(2) the first day of the month following certification to the Cannon Falls Hospital District by the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association that the actuarial accrued liability of the special benefit coverage proposed for extension to the privatized City of Cannon Falls Hospital employees under section 1 does not exceed the actuarial gain otherwise to be accrued by the Public Employees Retirement Association, as calculated by the consulting actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. The cost of the actuarial calculations must be borne by the current employer or by the entity which is the employer following the privatization.

(c) Section 2, with respect to Clearwater County Memorial Hospital, is effective upon the latter of:

(1) the day after the governing body of Clearwater County and its chief clerical officer meet the requirements under Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3new text begin , except that the certificate of approval must be filed before January 1, 2009new text end ; and

(2) the first day of the month following certification to Clearwater County by the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association that the actuarial accrued liability of the special benefit coverage proposed for extension to the privatized Clearwater Health Services employees under section 2 does not exceed the actuarial gain otherwise to be accrued by the Public Employees Retirement Association, as calculated by the consulting actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. The cost of the actuarial calculations must be borne by the current employer or by the entity which is the employer following the privatization.

(d) Section 2 with respect to the Dassel Lakeside Community Home is effective upon the latter of:

(1) the day after the governing body of the city of Dassel and its chief clerical officer timely complete compliance with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3; and

(2) the first day of the month next following certification to the Dassel City Council by the executive director of the Public Employees Retirement Association that the actuarial accrued liability of the special benefit coverage proposed for extension to the privatized Dassel Lakeside Community Home employees under section 2 does not exceed the actuarial gain otherwise to be accrued by the Public Employees Retirement Association, as calculated by the consulting actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. The cost of the actuarial calculations must be borne by the city of Dassel or by the entity which is the employer following the privatization.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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

Sec. 37.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 354.44, subdivision 6a; 354.465; 354.51, subdivision 4; and 354.55, subdivisions 2, 3, 6, 12, and 15, new text end new text begin are repealed effective July 1, 2008. new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 354A.091, subdivisions 1a and 1b; and 355.629, new text end new text begin are repealed effective July 1, 2008. new text end

new text begin (c) new text end new text begin Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 8, article 1, section 23, new text end new text begin is repealed retroactively from July 26, 2005. new text end

ARTICLE 6

MSRS-CORRECTIONAL PLAN COVERAGE EXPANSION

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 352.91, subdivision 3d, is amended to read:

Subd. 3d.

Other correctional personnel.

(a) "Covered correctional service" means service by a state employee in one of the employment positions at a correctional facility or at the Minnesota Security Hospital specified in paragraph (b) if at least 75 percent of the employee's working time is spent in direct contact with inmates or patients and the fact of this direct contact is certified to the executive director by the appropriate commissioner.

(b) The employment positions are deleted text begin as followsdeleted text end :

new text begin (1)new text end baker;

new text begin (2)new text end central services administrative specialist, intermediate;

new text begin (3)new text end central services administrative specialist, principal;

new text begin (4)new text end chaplain;

new text begin (5)new text end chief cook;

new text begin (6)new text end cook;

new text begin (7)new text end cook coordinator;

new text begin (8)new text end corrections program therapist 1;

new text begin (9)new text end corrections program therapist 2;

new text begin (10)new text end corrections program therapist 3;

new text begin (11)new text end corrections program therapist 4;

new text begin (12)new text end corrections inmate program coordinator;

new text begin (13)new text end corrections transitions program coordinator;

new text begin (14)new text end corrections security caseworker;

new text begin (15)new text end corrections security caseworker career;

new text begin (16)new text end corrections teaching assistant;

new text begin (17)new text end delivery van driver;

new text begin (18)new text end dentist;

new text begin (19)new text end electrician supervisor;

new text begin (20) general maintenance worker lead; new text end

new text begin (21)new text end general repair worker;

new text begin (22)new text end library/information research services specialist;

new text begin (23)new text end library/information research services specialist senior;

new text begin (24)new text end library technician;

new text begin (25) painter lead; new text end

new text begin (26)new text end plant maintenance engineer lead;

new text begin (27)new text end plumber supervisor;

new text begin (28)new text end psychologist 1;

new text begin (29)new text end psychologist 3;

new text begin (30)new text end recreation therapist;

new text begin (31)new text end recreation therapist coordinator;

new text begin (32)new text end recreation program assistant;

new text begin (33)new text end recreation therapist senior;

new text begin (34)new text end sports medicine specialist;

new text begin (35)new text end work therapy assistant;

new text begin (36)new text end work therapy program coordinator; and

new text begin (37)new text end work therapy technician.

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.

new text begin COVERAGE TRANSFER DATES. new text end

new text begin (a) The coverage transfer under Minnesota Statutes, section 352.91, subdivision 3d, paragraph (b), clause (20), also covers employment in that position after December 11, 2007, for purposes of Minnesota Statutes, section 352.955, subdivisions 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. new text end

new text begin (b) The coverage change under Minnesota Statutes, section 352.91, subdivision 3d, paragraph (b), clause (25), is prospective only. 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

ARTICLE 7

PERA BENEFITS FOLLOWING PRIVATIZATIONS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353F.02, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Medical facility.

"Medical facility" means:

(1) Bridges Medical Services;

(2) the City of Cannon Falls Hospital;

(3) Clearwater County Memorial Hospital doing business as Clearwater Health Services in Bagley;

(4) the Dassel Lakeside Community Home;

(5) the Fair Oaks Lodge, Wadena;

(6) the Glencoe Area Health Center;

(7) the Hutchinson Area Health Care;

(8) the Kanabec Hospital;

(9) the Lakefield Nursing Home;

(10) the Lakeview Nursing Home in Gaylord;

(11) the Luverne Public Hospital;

(12) the Northfield Hospital;

(13) the Oakland Park Nursing Home;

(14) the RenVilla Nursing Home;

(15) the Renville County Hospital in Olivia;

(16) new text begin the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, with respect to the Department of Radiology and the Department of Radiation/Oncology;new text end

new text begin (17) new text end the St. Peter Community Healthcare Center; deleted text begin anddeleted text end

deleted text begin (17)deleted text end new text begin (18) new text end the Waconia-Ridgeview Medical Centernew text begin ; andnew text end

new text begin (19) the Worthington Regional Hospitalnew text end .

Sec. 2.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin (a) Minnesota Statutes, section 353F.02, subdivision 4, clause (16), is effective the day after the governing body of the city of Willmar and its chief clerical officer timely comply with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. new text end

new text begin (b) Minnesota Statutes, section 353F.02, subdivision 4, clause (19), is effective the day after the governing body of the city of Worthington and its chief clerical officer timely comply with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021, subdivisions 2 and 3. new text end

ARTICLE 8

RETIREMENT RELATED STATE AID PROGRAMS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.12, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:

Subd. 3a.

Special direct state aid to first class city teachers retirement fund associations.

(a) deleted text begin In fiscal year 1998,deleted text end The state shall pay deleted text begin $4,827,000 to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, $17,954,000 to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and $486,000deleted text end new text begin $346,000new text end to the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Associationdeleted text begin . In each fiscal year after fiscal year 2006, these payments to the first class city deleted text end deleted text begin teachers retirement fund associations must bedeleted text end new text begin ,new text end $2,827,000 deleted text begin fordeleted text end new text begin to the new text end St. Pauldeleted text begin , $12,954,000 to thedeleted text end Teachers Retirement new text begin Fund new text end Association new text begin and, new text end for the former Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association, deleted text begin and $486,000 for Duluthdeleted text end new text begin $12,954,000 to the Teachers Retirement Associationnew text end .

(b) The direct state aids under this subdivision are payable October 1 annually. The commissioner of finance shall pay the direct state aid. The amount required under this subdivision is appropriated annually from the general fund to the commissioner of finance.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin (a) This section is effective July 1, 2009. new text end

new text begin (b) The aid paid to the Teachers Retirement Association and to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association under Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.12, subdivision 3a, in fiscal year 2007 is ratified. $346,000 that was payable under Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.12, subdivision 3a, in fiscal year 2008, but remains unpaid as of the date of enactment, is payable to the Teachers Retirement Association and $140,000 that was payable under Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.12, subdivision 3a, in fiscal year 2008, but remains unpaid as of the date of enactment, is payable to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354A.12, subdivision 3c, is amended to read:

Subd. 3c.

Termination of supplemental contributions and direct matching and state aid.

(a) The supplemental contributions payable to the Minneapolis Teachers Retirement Fund Association by Special School District No. 1 and the city of Minneapolis under section 423A.02, subdivision 3, must deleted text begin continue todeleted text end be paid to the Teachers Retirement Association new text begin and must continue new text end until new text begin the current assets of the fund equal or exceed the actuarial accrued liability of the fund as determined in the most recent actuarial report for the fund by the actuary retained under section 356.214, or new text end 2037new text begin , whichever occurs earliernew text end . The supplemental contributions payable to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association by Independent School District No. 625 under section 423A.02, subdivision 3, or the direct state deleted text begin aidsdeleted text end new text begin aid new text end under subdivision 3a to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association terminate at the end of the fiscal year in which the accrued liability funding ratio for that fund, as determined in the most recent actuarial report for that fund by the actuary retained under section 356.214, equals or exceeds the accrued liability funding ratio for the Teachers Retirement Association, as determined in the most recent actuarial report for the Teachers Retirement Association by the actuary retained under section 356.214.

(b) deleted text begin If the state direct matching, state supplemental, or state aid is terminated for a first class city teachers retirement fund association under paragraph (a), it may not again be received by that fund.deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text end If the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association is funded at new text begin an amount equal to or greater than new text end the funding ratio applicable to the Teachers Retirement Association deleted text begin when the provisions of paragraph (b) become effectivedeleted text end , then any new text begin future new text end state aid deleted text begin previously distributed to that association must be immediately transferreddeleted text end new text begin under subdivision 3a is payable new text end to the Teachers Retirement Association.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment and applies retroactively to direct state aid paid or payable during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 423A.02, subdivision 1b, is amended to read:

Subd. 1b.

Additional amortization state aid.

(a) Annually, on October 1, the commissioner of revenue shall allocate the additional amortization state aid transferred under section 69.021, subdivision 11, to:

(1) all police or salaried firefighters relief associations governed by and in full compliance with the requirements of section 69.77, that had an unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the actuarial valuation prepared under sections 356.215 and 356.216 as of the preceding December 31;

(2) all local police or salaried firefighter consolidation accounts governed by chapter 353A that are certified by the executive director of the public employees retirement association as having for the current fiscal year an additional municipal contribution amount under section 353A.09, subdivision 5, paragraph (b), and that have implemented section 353A.083, subdivision 1, if the effective date of the consolidation preceded May 24, 1993, and that have implemented section 353A.083, subdivision 2, if the effective date of the consolidation preceded June 1, 1995; and

(3) the municipalities that are required to make an additional municipal contribution under section 353.665, subdivision 8, for the duration of the required additional contribution.

(b) The commissioner shall allocate the state aid on the basis of the proportional share of the relief association or consolidation account of the total unfunded actuarial accrued liability of all recipient relief associations and consolidation accounts as of December 31, 1993, for relief associations, and as of June 30, 1994, for consolidation accounts.

(c) Beginning October 1, 2000, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall allocate the state aid, including any state aid in excess of the limitation in subdivision 4, on the following basis:

(1) 64.5 percent to the municipalities to which section 353.665, subdivision 8, paragraph (b), or 353A.09, subdivision 5, paragraph (b), apply for distribution in accordance with paragraph (b) and subject to the limitation in subdivision 4;

(2) 34.2 percent to the city of Minneapolis to fund any unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the actuarial valuation prepared under sections 356.215 and 356.216 as of the preceding December 31 for the Minneapolis Police Relief Association or the Minneapolis Fire Department Relief Association; and

(3) 1.3 percent to the city of Virginia to fund any unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the actuarial valuation prepared under sections 356.215 and 356.216 as of the preceding December 31 for the Virginia Fire Department Relief Association.

If there is no unfunded actuarial accrued liability in both the Minneapolis Police Relief Association and the Minneapolis Fire Department Relief Association as disclosed in the most recent actuarial valuations for the relief associations prepared under sections 356.215 and 356.216, the commissioner shall allocate that 34.2 percent of the aid as follows: 49 percent to the Teachers Retirement Association, 21 percent to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and 30 percent as additional funding to support minimum fire state aid for volunteer firefighters relief associations. If there is no unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the Virginia Fire Department Relief Association as disclosed in the most recent actuarial valuation for the relief association prepared under sections 356.215 and 356.216, the commissioner shall allocate that 1.3 percent of the aid as follows: 49 percent to the Teachers Retirement Association, 21 percent to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and 30 percent as additional funding to support minimum fire state aid for volunteer firefighters relief associations. new text begin Upon the final payment to municipalities required by section 353.665, subdivision 8, paragraph (b), or 353A.09, subdivision 5, paragraph (b), the commissioner shall allocate that 64.5 percent of the aid as follows: 20 percent to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, 20 percent to the city of Minneapolis to fund any unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the actuarial valuation proposed under sections 356.215 and 356.216 as of the preceding December 31 for the Minneapolis Police Relief Association or the Minneapolis Firefighters Relief Association, 20 percent for the city of Duluth to pay for any costs associated with the police and firefighters pensions, and 40 percent as additional funding to support minimum fire state aid for volunteer firefighters relief associations. new text end The allocation must be made by the commissioner at the same time and under the same procedures as specified in subdivision 3. With respect to the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, annually, beginning on July 1, 2005, if the applicable teacher's association five-year average time-weighted rate of investment return does not equal or exceed the performance of a composite portfolio assumed passively managed (indexed) invested ten percent in cash equivalents, 60 percent in bonds and similar debt securities, and 30 percent in domestic stock calculated using the formula under section 11A.04, clause (11), the aid allocation to that retirement fund under this section ceases until the five-year annual rate of investment return equals or exceeds the performance of that composite portfolio.

(d) The amounts required under this subdivision are annually appropriated to the commissioner of revenue.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354A.12, subdivision 3a, new text end new text begin is repealed effective the first day of the fiscal year next following the fiscal year in which neither the Teachers Retirement Association nor the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association has an unfunded actuarial accrued liability as determined in the actuarial valuation prepared under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.215, by the actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354A.12, subdivisions 3b and 3c, new text end new text begin are repealed effective the first day of the fiscal year next following the fiscal year in which neither the Teachers Retirement Association nor the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association has an unfunded actuarial accrued liability as determined in the actuarial valuation prepared under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.215, by the actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214. new text end

ARTICLE 9

MNSCU-IRAP AND RELATED CHANGES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354B.20, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Unclaimed plan account amounts. new text end

new text begin "Unclaimed plan account amounts" means the accounts of any plan participant who has terminated employment by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System or who has died, or of the surviving spouse, beneficiary, or estate of the participant if the plan administrator is unable to locate the applicable recipient in accordance with Internal Revenue Service due diligence requirements. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354B.25, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Individual retirement account plan administrative expenses.

(a) The reasonable and necessary administrative expenses of the individual retirement account plan may be charged to plan participants by the plan sponsor in the form of an annual fee, an asset-based fee, a percentage of the contributions to the plan, or a combination thereof.new text begin This amount shall be offset by interest earned on both the plan reserves and unclaimed funds account.new text end

(b) Any administrative expense charge that is not actually needed for the administrative expenses of the individual retirement account plan must be refunded to member accounts.

(c) The Board of Trustees shall report annually, before October 1, to the advisory committee created in subdivision 1a on administrative expenses of the plan. The report must include a detailed accounting of charges for administrative expenses collected from plan participants and expenditure of the administrative expense charges. The administrative expense charges collected from plan participants must be kept in a separate account from any other funds under control of the Board of Trustees and may be used only for the necessary and reasonable administrative expenses of the plan.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354B.25, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Disposition of abandoned public pension amounts. new text end

new text begin (a) Any unclaimed plan account amounts are presumed to be abandoned, but are not subject to the provisions of sections 345.31 to 345.60. If the account remains unclaimed after five years following the date that the plan administrator first attempts to locate the former member, surviving spouse, or other beneficiary, the unclaimed plan account amount cancels and must be credited to the reserve account specified in paragraph (b). new text end

new text begin (b) The board must establish a separate account to receive unclaimed plan account amounts. A portion of this reserve account and any investment earnings attributable to this reserve account are to be used to offset the reasonable and necessary expenses of the individual retirement account plan, including costs incurred in efforts to locate lost participants, surviving spouses, or other beneficiaries. new text end

new text begin (c) If the unclaimed plan account amount exceeded $25 and the inactive member, surviving spouse, or beneficiary, whichever is applicable, establishes a valid claim to the forfeited account, the forfeited account is to be reestablished in an amount equal to the amount originally forfeited. The board must ensure that the reserve account has sufficient assets to cover any transfers needed to reestablish accounts. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 354C.12, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Administrative expenses.

(a) The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is authorized to pay the necessary and reasonable administrative expenses of the supplemental retirement plan and may bill participants to recover these expenses. The administrative fees or charges may be charged to participants as an annual fee, an asset-based fee, a percentage of contributions to the plan, or a contribution thereof.new text begin This amount shall be offset by interest earned on both the plan reserves and unclaimed funds account.new text end

(b) Any recovered or assessed amounts that are not needed for the necessary and reasonable administrative expenses of the plan must be refunded to member accounts.

(c) The Board of Trustees shall report annually, before October 1, to the legislature on administrative expenses of the plan. The report must include a detailed accounting of charges for administrative expenses collected from plan participants and expenditure of the administrative expense charges. The administrative expense charges collected from plan participants must be kept in a separate account from any other funds under control of the Board of Trustees and may be used only for the necessary and reasonable administrative expenses of the plan.

Sec. 5.

new text begin [354C.155] UNCLAIMED PLAN ACCOUNT AMOUNTS. new text end

new text begin Section 354B.25, subdivision 6, applies to the supplemental retirement plan. new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 354C.165, is amended to read:

354C.165 PROHIBITION ON LOANS OR PRETERMINATION DISTRIBUTIONS.

(a) deleted text begin Except as provided in paragraph (c),deleted text end No participant may obtain a loan deleted text begin or any distributiondeleted text end from the plan before the participant terminates the employment that gave rise to plan coverage.

(b) No amounts to the credit of the plan are assignable either in law or in equity, or are subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, except as provided in section 518.58, 518.581, or 518A.53.

(c) MS 2002 [Expired]

new text begin (d) Except for a participant in a phased retirement program that is part of an approved collective bargaining agreement, no participant may obtain a distribution from the plan at a time before the participant terminates the employment that gave rise to the plan coverage. new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin ACTUARIAL IMPACT STUDY; MNSCU-TENURED FACULTY RETIREMENT PLAN COVERAGE CHANGE. new text end

new text begin (a) The Teachers Retirement Association shall have the actuary retained under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214, conduct a study of the likely actuarial impact on the Teachers Retirement Association of potentially permitting current tenure-track faculty members employed by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System who have not yet attained tenure or its equivalent to elect retroactive and prospective retirement coverage by the Teachers Retirement Association within one year of attaining tenure or its equivalent, with the retroactive coverage effected by a service credit purchase under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.551. new text end

new text begin (b) The actuarial study must include an assessment of the likelihood that tenure-track Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System faculty members would elect retirement coverage by the Teachers Retirement Association that underlies any election assumption used in the study based on the experience of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System faculty members employed during the most recent ten years. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System shall provide the Teachers Retirement Association with the data on its faculty members necessary to conduct the study. new text end

new text begin (c) The actuarial study must assess the actuarial accrued liability that could be assumed by the Teachers Retirement Association from potential service credit purchases by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System faculty members attaining tenure or its equivalent, the likely purchase payments related to those potential Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System faculty member service credit purchases, and the effect on the Teachers Retirement Association normal cost rate of the potential prospective inclusion of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System faculty members upon attaining tenure. new text end

new text begin (d) The report required under this section must be filed with the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement on or before January 15, 2009. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 10

FINANCIAL AND ACTUARIAL REPORTING

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 16A.055, subdivision 5, is amended to read:

Subd. 5.

Retirement fund reporting.

deleted text begin (a)deleted text end The commissioner may not require a public retirement fund to use financial or actuarial reporting practices or procedures different from those required by section 356.20 or 356.215.

deleted text begin (b) The commissioner may contract with the consulting actuary retained under section 356.214 for the preparation of quadrennial projection valuations as required under section 356.215, subdivisions 2 and 2a. The initial projection valuation under this paragraph, if any, is due on May 1, 2003, and subsequent projection valuations are due on May 1 each fourth year thereafter. The commissioner of finance shall assess the applicable statewide and major local retirement plan or plans the cost of the quadrennial projection valuation. deleted text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.20, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Report required.

(a) The governing or managing board or new text begin the chief new text end administrative deleted text begin officialsdeleted text end new text begin officer new text end of deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin each new text end public pension and retirement deleted text begin fundsdeleted text end new text begin plan new text end enumerated in subdivision 2 shall annually prepare and file a financial report following the close of each fiscal year.

(b) This requirement also applies to any plan or fund which may be a successor to any organization so enumerated or to any newly formed retirement plan, fund or association operating under the control or supervision of any public employee group, governmental unit, or institution receiving a portion of its support through legislative appropriations.

(c) The report must be prepared under the supervision and at the direction of the management of each deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plan new text end and must be signed by the presiding officer of the managing board of the deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plan new text end and the chief administrative official of the deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plannew text end .

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.20, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Covered public pension plans and funds.

This section applies to the following public pension plans:

(1) the general state employees retirement plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System;

(2) the general employees retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association;

(3) the Teachers Retirement Association;

(4) the State Patrol retirement plan;

(5) the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association;

(6) the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association;

(7) the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund;

(8) the University of Minnesota faculty retirement plan;

(9) the University of Minnesota faculty supplemental retirement plan;

(10) the judges retirement fund;

(11) a police or firefighter's relief association specified or described in section 69.77, subdivision 1adeleted text begin , ordeleted text end new text begin ;new text end

new text begin (12) a volunteer firefighter relief association governed by sectionnew text end 69.771, subdivision 1;

deleted text begin (12)deleted text end new text begin (13) new text end the public employees police and fire plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association;

deleted text begin (13)deleted text end new text begin (14) new text end the correctional state employees retirement plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System; and

deleted text begin (14)deleted text end new text begin (15) new text end the local government correctional service retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.20, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Filing requirement.

The financial report is a public record. A copy of the report or a synopsis of the report containing the information required by this section must be deleted text begin distributeddeleted text end new text begin made available new text end annually to each member of the fund and to the governing body of each governmental subdivision of the state which makes employers contributions thereto or in whose behalf taxes are levied for the employers' contribution. A signed copy of the report must be delivered to the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement and to the Legislative Reference Library not later than six months after the close of each fiscal year or one month following the completion and delivery to the retirement fund of the actuarial valuation report of the fund by the actuary retained under section 356.214, if applicable, whichever is later.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Contents of financial report.

(a) The financial report required by this section must contain financial statements and disclosures that indicate the financial operations and position of the retirement plan and fund. The report must conform with generally accepted governmental accounting principles, applied on a consistent basis. The report must be audited.

new text begin (b) new text end The report must include, as part of its exhibits or its footnotes, an actuarial disclosure item based on the actuarial valuation calculations prepared by the actuary retained under section 356.214 or by the actuary retained by the retirement fund or plan, whichever applies, according to applicable actuarial requirements enumerated in section 356.215, and specified in the most recent standards for actuarial work adopted by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. The deleted text begin accrueddeleted text end new text begin actuarial value of new text end assets, the new text begin actuarial new text end accrued liabilities, including accrued reserves, and the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the fund or plan must be disclosed. The disclosure item must contain a declaration by the actuary retained under section 356.214 or the actuary retained by the fund or plan, whichever applies, specifying that the required reserves for any retirement, disability, or survivor benefits provided under a benefit formula are computed in accordance with the entry age actuarial cost method and in accordance with the most recent applicable standards for actuarial work adopted by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.

deleted text begin (b) Assets of the fund or plan contained in the disclosure item must include the following statement of the actuarial value of current assets as defined in section 356.215, subdivision 1: deleted text end

deleted text begin Value at cost deleted text end deleted text begin Value at market deleted text end
deleted text begin Cash, cash equivalents, and deleted text end
deleted text begin short-term securities deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Accounts receivable deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Accrued investment income deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Fixed income investments deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Equity investments other deleted text end
deleted text begin than real estate deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Real estate investments deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Equipment deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Participation in the Minnesota deleted text end
deleted text begin postretirement investment deleted text end
deleted text begin fund or the retirement deleted text end
deleted text begin benefit fund deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Other deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Total assets deleted text end
deleted text begin Value at cost deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Value at market deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end
deleted text begin Actuarial value of current assets deleted text end deleted text begin . deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) The unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the fund or plan contained in the disclosure item must include the following measures of unfunded actuarial accrued liability, using the actuarial value of current assets: deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the unfunded actuarial accrued liability, determined by subtracting the current assets and the present value of future normal costs from the total current and expected future benefit obligations; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the unfunded pension benefit obligation, determined by subtracting the current assets from the actuarial present value of credited projected benefits. deleted text end

deleted text begin If the current assets of the fund or plan exceed the actuarial accrued liabilities, the excess must be disclosed and indicated as a surplus. deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) The pension benefit obligations schedule included in the disclosure must contain the following information on the benefit obligations: deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the pension benefit obligation, determined as the actuarial present value of credited projected benefits on account of service rendered to date, separately identified as follows: deleted text end

deleted text begin (i) deleted text end deleted text begin for annuitants, deleted text end
deleted text begin retirement annuities, deleted text end
deleted text begin disability benefits, deleted text end
deleted text begin surviving spouse and child benefits; deleted text end
deleted text begin (ii) deleted text end deleted text begin for former members without vested rights; deleted text end
deleted text begin (iii) deleted text end deleted text begin for deferred annuitants' benefits, including any augmentation; deleted text end
deleted text begin (iv) deleted text end deleted text begin for active employees, deleted text end
deleted text begin accumulated employee contributions, including allocated investment income, deleted text end
deleted text begin employer-financed benefits vested, deleted text end
deleted text begin employer-financed benefits nonvested, deleted text end
deleted text begin total pension benefit obligation; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) if there are additional benefits not appropriately covered by the foregoing items of benefit obligations, a separate identification of the obligation. deleted text end

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin (c) new text end The report must contain an itemized exhibit describing the administrative expenses of the plan, including, but not limited to, the following items, classified on a consistent basis from year to year, and with any further meaningful detail:

(1) personnel expenses;

(2) communication-related expenses;

(3) office building and maintenance expenses;

(4) professional services fees; and

(5) other expenses.

deleted text begin (f)deleted text end new text begin (d) new text end The report must contain an itemized exhibit describing the investment expenses of the plan, including, but not limited to, the following items, classified on a consistent basis from year to year, and with any further meaningful detail:

(1) internal investment-related expenses; and

(2) external investment-related expenses.

deleted text begin (g)deleted text end new text begin (e) new text end Any additional statements or exhibits or more detailed or subdivided itemization of a disclosure item that will enable the management of the deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin plan new text end to portray a true interpretation of the deleted text begin fund'sdeleted text end new text begin plan's new text end financial condition must be included in the additional statements or exhibits.

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.20, subdivision 4a, is amended to read:

Subd. 4a.

Financial report for police or firefighters relief association.

For any police or firefighter's relief association referred to in subdivision 2, clause new text begin (11) or new text end (12), a financial report new text begin that is new text end duly filed and deleted text begin meetingdeleted text end new text begin that meets new text end the requirements of section 69.051 deleted text begin must bedeleted text end new text begin is new text end deemed to have met the requirements of subdivision 4.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.214, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

deleted text begin Jointdeleted text end new text begin Actuary new text end retention.

(a) The deleted text begin chief administrative officers of the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Public Employees Retirement Association, the Teachers Retirement Association, the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, jointly, on behalf of the state, its employees, its taxpayers, and its various public pension plans,deleted text end new text begin governing board or managing or administrative official of each public pension plan and retirement fund or plan enumerated in paragraph (b) new text end shall contract with an established actuarial consulting firm to conduct annual actuarial valuations and related services deleted text begin for the retirement plans named in paragraph (b)deleted text end . The principal from the actuarial consulting firm on the contract must be an approved actuary under section 356.215, subdivision 1, paragraph (c). deleted text begin Prior to becoming effective, the contract under this section is subject to a review and approval by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.deleted text end

(b) deleted text begin The contract fordeleted text end Actuarial services must include the preparation of actuarial valuations and related actuarial work for the following retirement plans:

(1) the teachers retirement plan, Teachers Retirement Association;

(2) the general state employees retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System;

(3) the correctional employees retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System;

(4) the State Patrol retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System;

(5) the judges retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System;

(6) the Minneapolis employees retirement plan, Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund;

(7) the public employees retirement plan, Public Employees Retirement Association;

(8) the public employees police and fire plan, Public Employees Retirement Association;

(9) the Duluth teachers retirement plan, Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association;

(10) the St. Paul teachers retirement plan, St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association;

(11) the legislators retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System;

(12) the elective state officers retirement plan, Minnesota State Retirement System; and

(13) local government correctional service retirement plan, Public Employees Retirement Association.

(c) The deleted text begin contractdeleted text end new text begin contracts new text end must require completion of the annual actuarial valuation calculations on a fiscal year basis, with the contents of the actuarial valuation calculations as specified in section 356.215, and in conformity with the standards for actuarial work adopted by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.

The deleted text begin contractdeleted text end new text begin contracts new text end must require completion of annual experience data collection and processing and a quadrennial published experience study for the plans listed in paragraph (b), clauses (1), (2), and (7), as provided for in the standards for actuarial work adopted by the commission. The experience data collection, processing, and analysis must evaluate the following:

(1) individual salary progression;

(2) the rate of return on investments based on the current asset value;

(3) payroll growth;

(4) mortality;

(5) retirement age;

(6) withdrawal; and

(7) disablement.

deleted text begin The contract must include provisions for the preparation of cost analyses by the jointly retained actuary for proposed legislation that include changes in benefit provisions or funding policies prior to their consideration by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. deleted text end

(d) The actuary deleted text begin retained by the joint retirement systemsdeleted text end shall annually prepare a report to the new text begin governing or managing board or administrative official and the new text end legislature, deleted text begin including a commentary on the actuarial valuation calculations for the plans named in paragraph (b) anddeleted text end summarizing the results of the actuarial valuation calculations. The actuary shall include with the report deleted text begin the actuary'sdeleted text end new text begin any new text end recommendations deleted text begin to the legislaturedeleted text end concerning the appropriateness of the support rates to achieve proper funding of the retirement plans by the required funding dates. The actuary shall, as part of the quadrennial experience study, include recommendations deleted text begin to the legislaturedeleted text end on the appropriateness of the actuarial valuation assumptions required for evaluation in the study.

(e) If the actuarial gain and loss analysis in the actuarial valuation calculations indicates a persistent pattern of sizable gains or losses, deleted text begin as directed by the joint retirement systems or as requested by the chair of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement,deleted text end the new text begin governing or managing board or administrative official shall direct the new text end actuary deleted text begin shalldeleted text end new text begin tonew text end prepare a special experience study for a plan listed in paragraph (b), clause (3), (4), (5), (6), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), or (13), in the manner provided for in the standards for actuarial work adopted by the commission.

deleted text begin (f) The term of the contract between the joint retirement systems and the actuary retained may not exceed five years. The joint retirement system administrative officers shall establish procedures for the consideration and selection of contract bidders and the requirements for the contents of an actuarial services contract under this section. The procedures and requirements must be submitted to the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement for review and comment prior to final approval by the joint administrators. The contract is subject to the procurement procedures under chapter 16C. The consideration of bids and the selection of a consulting actuarial firm by the chief administrative officers must occur at a meeting that is open to the public and reasonable timely public notice of the date and the time of the meeting and its subject matter must be given. deleted text end

deleted text begin (g) The actuarial services contract may not limit the ability of the Minnesota legislature and its standing committees and commissions to rely on the actuarial results of the work prepared under the contract. deleted text end

deleted text begin (h) The joint retirement systems shall designate one of the retirement system executive directors as the actuarial services contract manager. deleted text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.214, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Reporting to commission.

A copy of the actuarial valuationsdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin and new text end experience studiesdeleted text begin , and actuarial cost analysesdeleted text end prepared by the actuary retained deleted text begin by the joint retirement systemsdeleted text end under deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin a new text end contract provided for in this section must be filed with the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement deleted text begin at the same time that the document is transmitted to the actuarial services contract manager or to any other document recipientdeleted text end .

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.214, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Commission to contract with auditing actuary. new text end

new text begin (a) The Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement may contract with an established actuarial consulting firm to audit or review the actuarial valuations, experience studies, and actuarial cost analyses prepared by the actuary retained by the governing or managing boards, or administrative officials of each of the plans or funds listed in subdivision 1, paragraph (b). The principal representative from the actuarial consulting firm so engaged must be an approved actuary under section 356.215, subdivision 1, paragraph (c). new text end

new text begin (b) Any actuarial consulting firm retained under paragraph (a) will, according to a schedule determined under an agreement with the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, audit the valuation reports submitted by the actuary retained by each governing or managing board or administrative official, and provide an assessment of the reasonableness, reliability, and areas of concern or potential improvement in the specific reports reviewed, the procedures utilized by any particular reporting actuary, or general modifications to standards, procedures, or assumptions that the commission may wish to consider. Actuarial firms retained by the retirement funds must cooperate fully and make available any data or other materials necessary for the commission-retained actuary to conduct an adequate review and to render advice to the commission. new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) For the purposes of sections 3.85 and 356.20 to 356.23, each of the terms in the following paragraphs has the meaning given.

(b) "Actuarial valuation" means a set of calculations prepared by deleted text begin thedeleted text end new text begin an new text end actuary retained under section 356.214 if so required under section 3.85, or otherwise, by an approved actuary, to determine the normal cost and the accrued actuarial liabilities of a benefit plan, according to the entry age actuarial cost method and based upon stated assumptions including, but not limited to rates of interest, mortality, salary increase, disability, withdrawal, and retirement and to determine the payment necessary to amortize over a stated period any unfunded accrued actuarial liability disclosed as a result of the actuarial valuation of the benefit plan.

(c) "Approved actuary" means a person who is regularly engaged in the business of providing actuarial services and who deleted text begin has at least 15 years of service to major public employee pension or retirement funds or whodeleted text end is a fellow in the Society of Actuaries.

(d) "Entry age actuarial cost method" means an actuarial cost method under which the actuarial present value of the projected benefits of each individual currently covered by the benefit plan and included in the actuarial valuation is allocated on a level basis over the service of the individual, if the benefit plan is governed by section 69.773, or over the earnings of the individual, if the benefit plan is governed by any other law, between the entry age and the assumed exit age, with the portion of the actuarial present value which is allocated to the valuation year to be the normal cost and the portion of the actuarial present value not provided for at the valuation date by the actuarial present value of future normal costs to be the actuarial accrued liability, with aggregation in the calculation process to be the sum of the calculated result for each covered individual and with recognition given to any different benefit formulas which may apply to various periods of service.

(e) "Experience study" means a report providing experience data and an actuarial analysis of the adequacy of the actuarial assumptions on which actuarial valuations are based.

(f) deleted text begin "Currentdeleted text end new text begin "Actuarial value of new text end assets" meansdeleted text begin :deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) for the July 1, 2001, actuarial valuation, the market value of all assets as of June 30, 2001, reduced by: deleted text end

deleted text begin (i) 30 percent of the difference between the market value of all assets as of June 30, 1999, and the actuarial value of assets used in the July 1, 1999, actuarial valuation; deleted text end

deleted text begin (ii) 60 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000, and the computed increase in the market value of assets between June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000, if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the July 1, 1999, actuarial valuation; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (iii) 80 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, and the computed increase in the market value of assets between June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the July 1, 2000, actuarial valuation; deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) for the July 1, 2002, actuarial valuation, the market value of all assets as of June 30, 2002, reduced by: deleted text end

deleted text begin (i) ten percent of the difference between the market value of all assets as of June 30, 1999, and the actuarial value of assets used in the July 1, 1999, actuarial valuation; deleted text end

deleted text begin (ii) 40 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000, and the computed increase in the market value of assets between June 30, 1999, and June 30, 2000, if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the July 1, 1999, actuarial valuation; deleted text end

deleted text begin (iii) 60 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, and the computed increase in the market value of assets between June 30, 2000, and June 30, 2001, if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the July 1, 2000, actuarial valuation; and deleted text end

deleted text begin (iv) 80 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between June 30, 2001, and June 30, 2002, and the computed increase in the market value of assets between June 30, 2001, and June 30, 2002, if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the July 1, 2001, actuarial valuation; or deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) for any actuarial valuation after July 1, 2002,deleted text end the market value of all assets as of the preceding June 30, reduced by:

deleted text begin (i)deleted text end new text begin (1) new text end 20 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between the June 30 that occurred three years earlier and the June 30 that occurred four years earlier and the computed increase in the market value of assets over that fiscal year period if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the actuarial valuation for the July 1 that occurred four years earlier;

deleted text begin (ii)deleted text end new text begin (2) new text end 40 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between the June 30 that occurred two years earlier and the June 30 that occurred three years earlier and the computed increase in the market value of assets over that fiscal year period if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the actuarial valuation for the July 1 that occurred three years earlier;

deleted text begin (iii)deleted text end new text begin (3) new text end 60 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between the June 30 that occurred one year earlier and the June 30 that occurred two years earlier and the computed increase in the market value of assets over that fiscal year period if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the actuarial valuation for the July 1 that occurred two years earlier; and

deleted text begin (iv)deleted text end new text begin (4) new text end 80 percent of the difference between the actual net change in the market value of assets between the immediately prior June 30 and the June 30 that occurred one year earlier and the computed increase in the market value of assets over that fiscal year period if the assets had increased at the percentage preretirement interest rate assumption used in the actuarial valuation for the July 1 that occurred one year earlier.

(g) "Unfunded actuarial accrued liability" means the total current and expected future benefit obligations, reduced by the sum of deleted text begin currentdeleted text end new text begin the actuarial value of new text end assets and the present value of future normal costs.

(h) "Pension benefit obligation" means the actuarial present value of credited projected benefits, determined as the actuarial present value of benefits estimated to be payable in the future as a result of employee service attributing an equal benefit amount, including the effect of projected salary increases and any step rate benefit accrual rate differences, to each year of credited and expected future employee service.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Requirements.

(a) It is the policy of the legislature that it is necessary and appropriate to determine annually the financial status of tax supported retirement and pension plans for public employees. To achieve this goaldeleted text begin :deleted text end new text begin ,new text end

deleted text begin (1)deleted text end the actuary retained under section 356.214 shall prepare annual actuarial valuations of the retirement plans enumerated in section 356.214, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), and quadrennial experience studies of the retirement plans enumerated in section 356.214, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), clauses (1), (2), and (7)deleted text begin ; anddeleted text end new text begin .new text end

deleted text begin (2) the commissioner of finance may have prepared by the actuary retained by the commission, two years after each set of quadrennial experience studies, quadrennial projection valuations of at least one of the retirement plans enumerated in section 6, subdivision 1, paragraph (b), for which the commissioner determines that the analysis may be beneficial. deleted text end

(b) The governing or managing board or administrative officials of each public pension and retirement deleted text begin fund ordeleted text end plan enumerated in section 356.20, subdivision 2, clauses (9), deleted text begin (10)deleted text end new text begin (11)new text end , and (12), shall have prepared by an approved actuary annual actuarial valuations of their respective funds as provided in this section. This requirement also applies to any deleted text begin fund ordeleted text end plan that is the successor to any organization enumerated in section 356.20, subdivision 2, or to the governing or managing board or administrative officials of any newly formed retirement fund, plan, or association operating under the control or supervision of any public employee group, governmental unit, or institution receiving a portion of its support through legislative appropriations, and any local police or fire deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin relief association new text end to which section 356.216 applies.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Reports.

(a) The actuarial valuations required annually must be made as of the beginning of each fiscal year.

(b) Two copies of the new text begin completed new text end valuation must be delivered to the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, to the commissioner of financenew text begin ,new text end and to the Legislative Reference Librarydeleted text begin , not later than the first day of the sixth month occurring after the end of the previous fiscal yeardeleted text end .

(c) Two copies of a quadrennial experience study must be filed with the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, with the commissioner of finance, and with the Legislative Reference Library, not later than the first day of the 11th month occurring after the end of the last fiscal year of the four-year period which the experience study covers.

(d) For actuarial valuations and experience studies prepared at the direction of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, two copies of the document must be delivered to the governing or managing board or administrative officials of the applicable public pension and retirement fund or plan.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Interest and salary assumptions.

(a) The actuarial valuation must use the applicable following preretirement interest assumption and the applicable following postretirement interest assumption:

preretirement postretirement
interest rate interest rate
plan assumption assumption
general state employees retirement plan 8.5% 6.0%
correctional state employees retirement plan 8.5 6.0
State Patrol retirement plan 8.5 6.0
legislators retirement plan 8.5 6.0
elective state officers retirement plan 8.5 6.0
judges retirement plan 8.5 6.0
general public employees retirement plan 8.5 6.0
public employees police and fire retirement plan 8.5 6.0
local government correctional service retirement plan 8.5 6.0
teachers retirement plan 8.5 6.0
Minneapolis employees retirement plan 6.0 5.0
Duluth teachers retirement plan 8.5 8.5
St. Paul teachers retirement plan 8.5 8.5
Minneapolis Police Relief Association 6.0 6.0
Fairmont Police Relief Association 5.0 5.0
Minneapolis Fire Department Relief Association 6.0 6.0
Virginia Fire Department Relief Association 5.0 5.0
Bloomington Fire Department Relief Association 6.0 6.0
local monthly benefit volunteer firefighters relief associations 5.0 5.0

(b) new text begin Before July 1, 2010, new text end the actuarial valuation must use the applicable following single rate future salary increase assumption, the applicable following modified single rate future salary increase assumption, or the applicable following graded rate future salary increase assumption:

(1) single rate future salary increase assumption

future salary
plan increase assumption
legislators retirement plan 5.0%
deleted text begin elective state officers retirement plan deleted text end deleted text begin 5.0 deleted text end
judges retirement plan deleted text begin 5.0deleted text end new text begin 4.0new text end
Minneapolis Police Relief Association 4.0
Fairmont Police Relief Association 3.5
Minneapolis Fire Department Relief Association 4.0
Virginia Fire Department Relief Association 3.5
Bloomington Fire Department Relief Association 4.0

(2) modified single rate future salary increase assumption

future salary
plan increase assumption
Minneapolis employees retirement plan the prior calendar year amount increased first by 1.0198 percent to prior fiscal year date and then increased by 4.0 percent annually for each future year

(3) select and ultimate future salary increase assumption or graded rate future salary increase assumption

future salary
plan increase assumption
general state employees retirement plan select calculation and assumption A
correctional state employees retirement plan assumption deleted text begin Gdeleted text end new text begin Hnew text end
State Patrol retirement plan assumption G
general public employees retirement plan select calculation and assumption B
public employees police and fire fund retirement plan assumption C
local government correctional service retirement plan assumption G
teachers retirement plan assumption D
Duluth teachers retirement plan assumption E
St. Paul teachers retirement plan assumption F

The select calculation is: during the deleted text begin ten-yeardeleted text end new text begin designated new text end select period, a designated deleted text begin percentdeleted text end new text begin percentage rate new text end is multiplied by the result of deleted text begin tendeleted text end new text begin the designated integer new text end minus T, where T is the number of completed years of service, and is added to the applicable future salary increase assumption. new text begin The designated select period is five years and the designated integer is five for the general state employees retirement plan and the general public employees retirement plan. The designated select period is ten years and the designated integer is ten for all other retirement plans covered by this clause. new text end The designated deleted text begin percentdeleted text end new text begin percentage rate new text end isnew text begin : (1)new text end 0.2 percent for the correctional state employees retirement plan, the State Patrol retirement plan, the public employees police and fire plan, and the local government correctional service plan; deleted text begin and 0.3deleted text end new text begin (2) 0.6 new text end percent for the general state employees retirement plandeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin and new text end the general public employees retirement plandeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ; and (3) 0.3 percent for new text end the teachers retirement plan, the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association, and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association.new text begin The select calculation for the Duluth Teachers Retirement Fund Association is 8.00 percent per year for service years one through seven, 7.25 percent per year for service years seven and eight, and 6.50 percent per year for service years eight and nine.new text end

The ultimate future salary increase assumption is:

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(c) new text begin Before July 2, 2010, new text end the actuarial valuation must use the applicable following payroll growth assumption for calculating the amortization requirement for the unfunded actuarial accrued liability where the amortization retirement is calculated as a level percentage of an increasing payroll:

payroll growth
plan assumption
general state employees retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00deleted text end new text begin 4.50new text end %
correctional state employees retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00 deleted text end new text begin 4.50 new text end
State Patrol retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00deleted text end new text begin 4.50new text end
legislators retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00deleted text end new text begin 4.50new text end
deleted text begin elective state officers retirement plan deleted text end deleted text begin 5.00 deleted text end
judges retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00deleted text end new text begin 4.00new text end
general public employees retirement plan deleted text begin 6.00 deleted text end new text begin 4.50 new text end
public employees police and fire retirement plan deleted text begin 6.00deleted text end new text begin 4.50new text end
local government correctional service retirement plan deleted text begin 6.00deleted text end new text begin 4.50new text end
teachers retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00 deleted text end new text begin 4.50 new text end
Duluth teachers retirement plan deleted text begin 5.00 deleted text end new text begin 4.50 new text end
St. Paul teachers retirement plan 5.00

new text begin (d) After July 1, 2010, the assumptions set forth in paragraphs (b) and (c) continue to apply, unless a different salary assumption or a different payroll increase assumption: new text end

new text begin (1) has been proposed by the governing board of the applicable retirement plan; new text end

new text begin (2) is accompanied by the concurring recommendation of the actuary retained under section 356.214, subdivision 1, if applicable, or by the approved actuary preparing the most recent actuarial valuation report if section 356.214 does not apply; and new text end

new text begin (3) has been approved or deemed approved under subdivision 18. new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 11, is amended to read:

Subd. 11.

Amortization contributions.

(a) In addition to the exhibit indicating the level normal cost, the actuarial valuation new text begin of the retirement plan new text end must contain an exhibit new text begin for financial reporting purposes new text end indicating the additional annual contribution sufficient to amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liabilitynew text begin and must contain an exhibit for contribution determination purposes indicating the additional contribution sufficient to amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liabilitynew text end . For deleted text begin funds governed by chapters 3A, 352, 352B, 352C, 353, 354, 354A, and 490deleted text end new text begin the retirement plans listed in subdivision 8, paragraph (c)new text end , the additional contribution must be calculated on a level percentage of covered payroll basis by the established date for full funding in effect when the valuation is prepareddeleted text begin . For funds governed by chapter 3A, sections 352.90 through 352.951, chapters 352B, 352C, sections 353.63 through 353.68, and chapters 353C, 354A, and 490, the level percent additional contribution must be calculateddeleted text end new text begin ,new text end assuming annual payroll growth deleted text begin of 6.5 percent. For funds governed by sections 352.01 through 352.86 and chapter 354, the level percent additional contribution must be calculated assuming an annual payroll growth of five percent. For the fund governed by sections 353.01 through 353.46, the level percent additional contribution must be calculated assuming an annual payroll growth of six percentdeleted text end new text begin at the applicable percentage rate set forth in subdivision 8, paragraph (c)new text end . For all other deleted text begin fundsdeleted text end new text begin retirement plansnew text end , the additional annual contribution must be calculated on a level annual dollar amount basis.

(b) For any deleted text begin funddeleted text end new text begin retirement plan new text end other than the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund deleted text begin anddeleted text end new text begin ,new text end the new text begin general employees retirement plan of the new text end Public Employees Retirement Association deleted text begin general plandeleted text end , new text begin and the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, new text end if there has not been a change in the actuarial assumptions used for calculating the actuarial accrued liability of the fund, a change in the benefit plan governing annuities and benefits payable from the fund, a change in the actuarial cost method used in calculating the actuarial accrued liability of all or a portion of the fund, or a combination of the three, which change or changes by itself or by themselves without inclusion of any other items of increase or decrease produce a net increase in the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the fund, the established date for full funding is the first actuarial valuation date occurring after June 1, 2020.

(c) For any deleted text begin fund ordeleted text end new text begin retirement new text end plan other than the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund and the new text begin general employees retirement plan of the new text end Public Employees Retirement Association deleted text begin general plandeleted text end , if there has been a change in any or all of the actuarial assumptions used for calculating the actuarial accrued liability of the fund, a change in the benefit plan governing annuities and benefits payable from the fund, a change in the actuarial cost method used in calculating the actuarial accrued liability of all or a portion of the fund, or a combination of the three, and the change or changes, by itself or by themselves and without inclusion of any other items of increase or decrease, produce a net increase in the unfunded actuarial accrued liability in the fund, the established date for full funding must be determined using the following procedure:

(i) the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the fund must be determined in accordance with the plan provisions governing annuities and retirement benefits and the actuarial assumptions in effect before an applicable change;

(ii) the level annual dollar contribution or level percentage, whichever is applicable, needed to amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liability amount determined under item (i) by the established date for full funding in effect before the change must be calculated using the interest assumption specified in subdivision 8 in effect before the change;

(iii) the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the fund must be determined in accordance with any new plan provisions governing annuities and benefits payable from the fund and any new actuarial assumptions and the remaining plan provisions governing annuities and benefits payable from the fund and actuarial assumptions in effect before the change;

(iv) the level annual dollar contribution or level percentage, whichever is applicable, needed to amortize the difference between the unfunded actuarial accrued liability amount calculated under item (i) and the unfunded actuarial accrued liability amount calculated under item (iii) over a period of 30 years from the end of the plan year in which the applicable change is effective must be calculated using the applicable interest assumption specified in subdivision 8 in effect after any applicable change;

(v) the level annual dollar or level percentage amortization contribution under item (iv) must be added to the level annual dollar amortization contribution or level percentage calculated under item (ii);

(vi) the period in which the unfunded actuarial accrued liability amount determined in item (iii) is amortized by the total level annual dollar or level percentage amortization contribution computed under item (v) must be calculated using the interest assumption specified in subdivision 8 in effect after any applicable change, rounded to the nearest integral number of years, but not to exceed 30 years from the end of the plan year in which the determination of the established date for full funding using the procedure set forth in this clause is made and not to be less than the period of years beginning in the plan year in which the determination of the established date for full funding using the procedure set forth in this clause is made and ending by the date for full funding in effect before the change; and

(vii) the period determined under item (vi) must be added to the date as of which the actuarial valuation was prepared and the date obtained is the new established date for full funding.

(d) For the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2020.

(e) For the general employees retirement plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2031.

(f) For the Teachers Retirement Association, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2037.

new text begin (g) For the correctional state employees retirement plan of the Minnesota State Retirement System, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2038. new text end

new text begin (h) For the judges retirement plan, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2038. new text end

new text begin (i) For the public employees police and fire retirement plan, the established date for full funding is June 30, 2038. new text end

new text begin (j) For the St. Paul Teachers Retirement Fund Association, the established date for full funding is June 30 of the 25th year from the valuation date. In addition to other requirements of this chapter, the annual actuarial valuation shall contain an exhibit indicating the funded ratio and the deficiency or sufficiency in annual contributions when comparing liabilities to the market value of the assets of the fund as of the close of the most recent fiscal year. new text end

deleted text begin (g)deleted text end new text begin (k) new text end For the retirement plans for which the annual actuarial valuation indicates an excess of valuation assets over the actuarial accrued liability, the valuation assets in excess of the actuarial accrued liability must be recognized as a reduction in the current contribution requirements by an amount equal to the amortization of the excess expressed as a level percentage of pay over a 30-year period beginning anew with each annual actuarial valuation of the plan.

new text begin (l) In addition to calculating the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the retirement plan for financial reporting purposes under paragraphs (a) to (j), the actuarial valuation of the retirement plan must also include a calculation of the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the retirement plan for purposes of determining the amortization contribution sufficient to amortize the unfunded actuarial liability of the Minnesota Post Retirement Investment Fund. For this exhibit, the calculation must be the unfunded actuarial accrued liability net of the postretirement adjustment liability funded from the investment performance of the Minnesota Post Retirement Investment Fund or the retirement benefit fund. new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.215, subdivision 18, is amended to read:

Subd. 18.

Establishment of actuarial assumptions.

(a) new text begin Before July 2, 2010, new text end the actuarial assumptions used for the preparation of actuarial valuations under this section that are other than deleted text begin those set forth in this sectiondeleted text end new text begin preretirement interest, postretirement interest, salary increase, and payroll increase new text end may be changed only with the approval of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirementnew text begin or after a period of one year has elapsed since the date on which the proposed assumption change or changes were received by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement without commission actionnew text end .

new text begin (b) After July 1, 2010, the actuarial assumptions used for the preparation of actuarial valuations under this section that are other than postretirement interest and preretirement interest may be changed only with the approval of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement or after a period of one year has elapsed since the date on which the proposed assumption change or changes were received by the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement without commission action. new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text end new text begin (c) new text end A change in the applicable actuarial assumptions may be proposed by the governing board of the applicable pension fund or relief association, by the actuary retained by the joint retirement systems under section 356.214deleted text begin , by the actuarial advisor to a pension fund governed by chapter 352, 353, 354, or 354A,deleted text end or by the actuary retained by a local police or firefighters relief association governed by sections 69.77 or 69.771 to 69.776, if one is retained.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 356.96, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, for the purpose of this section, the terms in paragraphs (b) to (e) have the meanings given them.

(b) "Chief administrative officer" means the executive director of a covered pension plan or the executive director's designee or representative.

(c) "Covered pension plan" means a plan enumerated in section 356.20, subdivision 2, clauses (1) to (4), (10), and deleted text begin (12) to (14)deleted text end new text begin (13) to (15)new text end , but does not mean the deferred compensation plan administered under sections 352.96 and 352.97 or to the postretirement health care savings plan administered under section 352.98.

(d) "Governing board" means the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees Retirement Association, the Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement Association, or the Board of Directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System.

(e) "Person" includes an active, retired, deferred, or nonvested inactive participant in a covered pension plan or a beneficiary of a participant, or an individual who has applied to be a participant or who is or may be a survivor of a participant, or a state agency or other governmental unit that employs active participants in a covered pension plan.

Sec. 17.

new text begin APPROPRIATION; LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION ON PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT. new text end

new text begin $140,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement in fiscal year 2009 in order to cover the costs of any contract authorized under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214, subdivision 4. The commissioner of finance must include these funds in the base level funding for the commission when preparing forecasts of general fund spending and revenue and initial budget estimates each biennium, as long as an actuary remains under contract to the commission under Minnesota Statutes, section 356.214, subdivision 4. new text end

Sec. 18.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 356.214, subdivision 2; and 356.215, subdivision 2a, new text end new text begin are repealed. new text end

Sec. 19.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Sections 1 to 18 are effective June 30, 2008, and apply to annual financial reports and actuarial valuations prepared after June 1, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 11

RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAMS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 123B.02, subdivision 15, is amended to read:

Subd. 15.

Annuity contract; payroll allocation.

new text begin (a) new text end At the request of an employee and as part of the employee's compensation arrangement, the board may purchase an individual annuity contract for an employee for retirement or other purposes and may make payroll allocations in accordance with such arrangement for the purpose of paying the entire premium due and to become due under such contract. The allocation must be made in a manner which will qualify the annuity premiums, or a portion thereof, for the benefit afforded under section 403(b) of the current Federal Internal Revenue Code or any equivalent provision of subsequent federal income tax law. The employee shall own such contract and the employee's rights under the contract shall be nonforfeitable except for failure to pay premiums. Section 122A.40 shall not be applicable hereto and the board shall have no liability thereunder because of its purchase of any individual annuity contracts. This statute shall be applied in a nondiscriminatory manner to employees of the school district. new text begin The identity and number of the available vendors under federal Internal Revenue Code section 403(b) is a term and condition of employment under section 179A.03.new text end

new text begin (b) When considering vendors under paragraph (a), the school district and the exclusive representative of the employees shall consider all of the following: new text end

new text begin (1) the vendor's ability to comply with all employer requirements imposed by section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and its subsequent amendments, other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that apply to section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, and any regulation adopted in relation to these laws; new text end

new text begin (2) the vendor's experience in providing 403(b) plans; new text end

new text begin (3) the vendor's potential effectiveness in providing client services attendant to its plan and in relation to cost; new text end

new text begin (4) the nature and extent of rights and benefits offered under the vendor's plan; new text end

new text begin (5) the suitability of the rights and benefits offered under the vendor's plan; new text end

new text begin (6) the vendor's ability to provide the rights and benefits offered under its plan; and new text end

new text begin (7) the vendor's financial stability. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Duties and powers of board of directors.

The board shall:

(1) elect a chair;

(2) appoint an executive director;

(3) establish rules to administer this chapter and chapters 3A, 352B, 352C, 352D, and 490 and transact the business of the system, subject to the limitations of law;

(4) consider and dispose of, or take any other action the board of directors deems appropriate concerning denials of applications for annuities or disability benefits under this chapter, and complaints of employees and others pertaining to the retirement of employees and the operation of the system;

(5) advise the director on any matters relating to the system and carrying out functions and purposes of this chapter. The board's advice shall control; and

(6) oversee the administration of the state deferred compensation plan established in section .

The director and assistant director must be in the unclassified service but appointees may be selected from civil service lists if desired. The salary of the executive director must be as provided by section 15A.0815. The salary of the assistant director must be set in accordance with section 43A.18, subdivision 3.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [352.965] MINNESOTA STATE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin (a) The Minnesota state deferred compensation plan is established. For purposes of this section, "plan" means the Minnesota state deferred compensation plan, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. The Minnesota State Retirement System shall administer the plan. new text end

new text begin (b) The purpose of the plan is to provide a means for a public employee to contribute a portion of the employee's compensation to a tax-deferred investment account. The plan is an eligible tax-deferred compensation plan under section 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, United States Code, title 26, section 457(b), and the applicable regulations under Code of Federal Regulations, title 26, parts 1.457-3 to 1.457-10. new text end

new text begin (c) The board of directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System is the plan trustee and the board's executive director is the plan administrator. Fiduciary activities of the plan must be undertaken in a manner consistent with chapter 356A. new text end

new text begin (d) The executive director, with the approval of the board of directors, shall adopt and amend, as required to maintain tax-qualified status, a written plan document specifying the material terms and conditions for eligibility, benefits, applicable limitations, and the time and form under which benefit distributions can be made. With the approval of the board of directors, the executive director may also establish policies and procedures necessary for the administration of the deferred compensation plan. new text end

new text begin (e) The plan document shall include provisions that are necessary to cause the plan to be an eligible deferred compensation plan within the meaning of section 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. The plan document may provide additional administrative and substantive provisions consistent with state law, provided those provisions will not cause the plan to fail to be an eligible deferred compensation plan within the meaning of section 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code and may include provisions for certain optional features and services. new text end

new text begin (f) The board of directors may authorize the executive director to establish and administer a Roth 457 plan if authorized by the Internal Revenue Code or a Roth individual retirement account as defined under section 408A of the Internal Revenue Code. new text end

new text begin (g) All amounts contributed to the deferred compensation plan and all earnings on those amounts must be held in trust, in custodial accounts, or in qualifying annuity contracts for the exclusive benefit of the plan participants and beneficiaries, as required by section 457(g) of the Internal Revenue Code and in accordance with sections 356.001 and 356A.06, subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin (h) The information and data maintained in the accounts of the participants and beneficiaries are private data and shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the participant or beneficiary pursuant to a court order or pursuant to section 356.49. new text end

new text begin (i) The plan document is not subject to the rule adoption process under the Administrative Procedures Act, including section 14.386, but must conform with applicable federal and state laws. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Right to participate in the deferred compensation plan. new text end

new text begin At the request of an officer or employee of the state, an officer or employee of a political subdivision, or an employee covered by a retirement fund in section 356.20, subdivision 2, the appointing authority shall defer the payment of part of the compensation of the public officer or employee through payroll deduction. The amount to be deferred must be as provided in a written agreement between the officer or employee and the public employer. The agreement must be in a form specified by the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System and must be consistent with the requirements for an eligible plan under federal and state tax laws, regulations, and rulings. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Failure to implement plan. new text end

new text begin The public employer must complete implementation of the deferred compensation plan within 45 days of the request as provided in subdivision 2. If the public employer fails to implement the deferred compensation plan, the public employer may not defer compensation under any existing or new deferred compensation plan from the date of the request until the date on which the deferred compensation plan provided for in this section is implemented. Upon the petition of a public officer or employee, the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System may order the public officer's or employee's public employer to implement the deferred compensation plan provided for in this section and may enforce that order in appropriate legal proceedings. new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Plan investments. new text end

new text begin (a) Investments under the plan may include: new text end

new text begin (1) shares in the Minnesota supplemental investment fund established in section 11A.17 that are selected to be offered under the plan by the State Board of Investment; new text end

new text begin (2) saving accounts in federally insured financial institutions; new text end

new text begin (3) life insurance contracts, fixed annuity, and variable annuity contracts from companies that are subject to regulation by the commissioner of commerce; new text end

new text begin (4) investment options from open-end investment companies registered under the federal Investment Company Act of 1940, United States Code, title 15, sections 80a-1 to 80a-64; new text end

new text begin (5) investment options from a firm that is a registered investment advisor under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, United States Code, title 15, sections 80b-1 to 80b-21; new text end

new text begin (6) investment options of a bank as defined in United States Code, title 15, section 80b-2, subsection (a), paragraph (2), or a bank holding company as defined in the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, United States Code, title 12, section 1841, subsection (a), paragraph (1); or new text end

new text begin (7) a combination of clause (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), or (6), as provided by the plan as specified by the participant. new text end

new text begin (b) All amounts contributed to the deferred compensation plan and all earnings on those amounts must be held for the exclusive benefit of the plan participants and beneficiaries. These amounts must be held in trust, in custodial accounts, or in qualifying annuity contracts as required by federal law in accordance with section 356A.06, subdivision 1. This subdivision does not authorize an employer contribution, except as authorized in section 356.24, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (5). The state, political subdivision, or other employing unit is not responsible for any loss that may result from investment of the deferred compensation. new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin State Board of Investment to determine investments. new text end

new text begin (a) The State Board of Investment shall determine the investment products to be made available under the plan and may retain appropriate consulting services to assist in making the selections. At a minimum, the State Board of Investment shall consider the following: new text end

new text begin (1) the experience and ability of the financial institution to provide benefits and products that are suited to meet the needs of plan participants; new text end

new text begin (2) the relationship of those benefits and products provided by the financial institution to their cost; new text end

new text begin (3) the financial strength and stability of the financial institution; and new text end

new text begin (4) the fees and expenses associated with the investment products in comparison to other products of similar risk and rates of return. new text end

new text begin (b) If the State Board of Investment so elects, it may solicit bids for options under subdivision 4, clauses (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6). The State Board of Investment may retain consulting services to assist in soliciting and evaluating bids and in the periodic review of companies offering options under subdivision 4, clauses (3), (4), (5), and (6). The periodic review must occur at least every two years. The State Board of Investment may annually establish a budget for its costs in soliciting, evaluation, and periodic review processes. All options in subdivision 4 must be presented in an unbiased manner and in a manner that conforms to rules adopted by the executive director, be reported on a periodic basis to all participants in the deferred compensation plan, and not be the subject of unreasonable solicitation of participants in the plan. The State Board of Investment may charge a proportional share of all costs related to the periodic review to each company currently under contract and may charge a proportional share of all costs related to soliciting and evaluating bids to each company selected by the State Board of Investment. new text end

new text begin (c) Under the procedures set forth in the plan document, participants may select the funds or combination of funds within which to invest and may reallocate those investments as provided in the plan document and procedures established by the executive director. new text end

new text begin (d) This section does not authorize an employer contribution, except as authorized in section 356.24, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (5). new text end

new text begin (e) The state, the Minnesota State Retirement System, the executive director and board of directors of the system, the State Board of Investment, and participating public employers are not liable and not responsible for any loss that may result from investment of the deferred compensation or the investment choices made by the participants. new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Plan administrative expenses. new text end

new text begin (a) The reasonable and necessary administrative expenses of the deferred compensation plan may be charged to plan participants in the form of an annual fee, an asset-based fee, a percentage of the contributions to the plan, or a combination thereof, as set forth in the plan document. The executive director of the system at the direction of the board of directors shall establish procedures to carry out this section including allocation of administrative costs of the plan to participants. Processes and procedures shall be set forth in the plan document. Fees cannot be charged on contributions and investment returns attributable to contributions made to the Minnesota supplemental investment funds before July 1, 1992. new text end

new text begin (b) The plan document must conform to federal and state tax laws, regulations, and rulings, and is not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act. new text end

new text begin (c) The executive director may contract with a third party to perform administrative and record keeping functions. The executive director may solicit bids and negotiate such contracts. new text end

new text begin (d) The board of directors may authorize a third-party investment consultant to provide investment information and advice, provided that the offering of such information and advice is consistent with the investment advice requirements applicable to private plans under Title VI, subtitle A, of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Public Law 109-280, section 601. new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Other laws not applicable. new text end

new text begin Except as provided in this section, no provisions of this chapter or other law specifically referring to this chapter applies to this section unless the Minnesota deferred compensation plan is specifically referenced. new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Exemption from process. new text end

new text begin No amount of deferred compensation is assignable or subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, except as provided in section 518.58, 518.581, or 518A.53. new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Missing participants. new text end

new text begin The plan document shall establish procedures to assist in locating participants. If a participant cannot be located the participant's benefits shall be deemed abandoned and the provisions of section 356.65 shall apply to their disposition. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.97, is amended to read:

352.97 PRIOR DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS; CONSTRUCTION.

Sections deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965new text end and 352.97 do not preempt, prohibit, ratify, or approve any other deferred compensation plan established before or after June 3, 1975.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 353D.12, subdivision 4, is amended to read:

Subd. 4.

Authorized rollovers.

To the extent allowed by federal law, the employee purchase amount may be made with funds distributed from: (1) a plan qualified under section 401(a) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended; (2) an annuity qualified under section 403(a) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended; (3) an individual retirement account used solely to receive a nontaxable rollover from that type of plan or annuity; (4) the state deferred compensation plan authorized under section and qualified under section 457 of the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended; or (5) another tax qualified plan or annuity that authorizes rollovers. The participating elected local government official shall supply sufficient written documentation that the transfer amounts are eligible for tax-free rollover treatment. An authorized tax-free rollover, plus any other purchase amount payments under this section, including subdivision 6, may not exceed the limitation in subdivision 2, paragraph (a). Notwithstanding any provision of state law or rule to the contrary, to the extent permitted under federal law, the employee purchase amount may be transferred from the state deferred compensation plan before the employee terminates public employment.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356.24, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Restriction; exceptions.

(a) It is unlawful for a school district or other governmental subdivision or state agency to levy taxes for, or to contribute public funds to a supplemental pension or deferred compensation plan that is established, maintained, and operated in addition to a primary pension program for the benefit of the governmental subdivision employees other than:

(1) to a supplemental pension plan that was established, maintained, and operated before May 6, 1971;

(2) to a plan that provides solely for group health, hospital, disability, or death benefits;

(3) to the individual retirement account plan established by chapter 354B;

(4) to a plan that provides solely for severance pay under section 465.72 to a retiring or terminating employee;

(5) for employees other than personnel employed by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and covered under the Higher Education Supplemental Retirement Plan under chapter 354C, but including city managers covered by an alternative retirement arrangement under section 353.028, subdivision 3, paragraph (a), or by the defined contribution plan of the Public Employees Retirement Association under section 353.028, subdivision 3, paragraph (b), if the supplemental plan coverage is provided for in a personnel policy of the public employer or in the collective bargaining agreement between the public employer and the exclusive representative of public employees in an appropriate unit or in the individual employment contract between a city and a city manager, new text begin and if for each available investment all fees and historic rates of return for the prior one-, three-, five-, and ten-year periods, or since inception, are disclosed in an easily comprehended document not to exceed two pages,new text end in an amount matching employee contributions on a dollar for dollar basis, but not to exceed an employer contribution of deleted text begin $2,000 adeleted text end new text begin one-half of the available elective deferral permitted pernew text end year per employeenew text begin , under the Internal Revenue Codenew text end :

(i) to the state of Minnesota deferred compensation plan under section deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965new text end ; deleted text begin ordeleted text end

(ii) in payment of the applicable portion of the contribution made to any investment eligible under section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, if the employing unit has complied with any applicable pension plan provisions of the Internal Revenue Code with respect to the tax-sheltered annuity program during the preceding calendar year;new text begin ornew text end

new text begin (iii) any other deferred compensation plan offered by the employer under section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code; new text end

(6) for personnel employed by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and not covered by clause (5), to the supplemental retirement plan under chapter 354C, if the supplemental plan coverage is provided for in a personnel policy or in the collective bargaining agreement of the public employer with the exclusive representative of the covered employees in an appropriate unit, in an amount matching employee contributions on a dollar for dollar basis, but not to exceed an employer contribution of $2,700 a year for each employee;

(7) to a supplemental plan or to a governmental trust to save for postretirement health care expenses qualified for tax-preferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code, if the supplemental plan coverage is provided for in a personnel policy or in the collective bargaining agreement of a public employer with the exclusive representative of the covered employees in an appropriate unit;

(8) to the laborers national industrial pension fund or to a laborers local pension fund for the employees of a governmental subdivision who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for coverage by that fund and that sets forth a fund contribution rate, but not to exceed an employer contribution of $5,000 per year per employee;

(9) to the plumbers and pipefitters national pension fund or to a plumbers and pipefitters local pension fund for the employees of a governmental subdivision who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for coverage by that fund and that sets forth a fund contribution rate, but not to exceed an employer contribution of $5,000 per year per employee;

(10) to the international union of operating engineers pension fund for the employees of a governmental subdivision who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for coverage by that fund and that sets forth a fund contribution rate, but not to exceed an employer contribution of $5,000 per year per employee;

(11) to a supplemental plan organized and operated under the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended, that is wholly and solely funded by the employee's accumulated sick leave, accumulated vacation leave, and accumulated severance pay; deleted text begin ordeleted text end

(12) to the International Association of Machinists national pension fund for the employees of a governmental subdivision who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement that provides for coverage by that fund and that sets forth a fund contribution rate, but not to exceed an employer contribution of $5,000 per year per employeedeleted text begin .deleted text end new text begin ; ornew text end

new text begin (13) for employees of United Hospital District, Blue Earth, to the state of Minnesota deferred compensation program, if the employee makes a contribution, in an amount that does not exceed the total percentage of covered salary under section 353.27, subdivisions 3 and 3a. new text end

(b) No governmental subdivision may make a contribution to a deferred compensation plan operating under section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code for volunteer or emergency on-call firefighters in lieu of providing retirement coverage under the federal old age, survivors, and disability insurance program.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin Paragraph (a), clause (13), is effective July 1, 2008. The balance of this section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 356.96, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, for the purpose of this section, the terms in paragraphs (b) to (e) have the meanings given them.

(b) "Chief administrative officer" means the executive director of a covered pension plan or the executive director's designee or representative.

(c) "Covered pension plan" means a plan enumerated in section 356.20, subdivision 2, clauses (1) to (4), (10), and (12) to (14), but does not mean the deferred compensation plan administered under sections deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965new text end and 352.97 or to the postretirement health care savings plan administered under section 352.98.

(d) "Governing board" means the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees Retirement Association, the Board of Trustees of the Teachers Retirement Association, or the Board of Directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System.

(e) "Person" includes an active, retired, deferred, or nonvested inactive participant in a covered pension plan or a beneficiary of a participant, or an individual who has applied to be a participant or who is or may be a survivor of a participant, or a state agency or other governmental unit that employs active participants in a covered pension plan.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356B.10, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Contracting procedures.

(a) The commissioner may enter into a contract for facilities with a contractor to furnish the architectural, engineering, and related services as well as the labor, materials, supplies, equipment, and related construction services on the basis of a request for qualifications and competitive responses received through a request for proposals process that must include the items listed in paragraphs (b) to (i).

(b) Before issuing a request for qualifications and a request for proposals, the commissioner, with the assistance of the boards, shall prepare performance criteria and specifications that include:

(1) a general floor plan or layout indicating the general dimensions of the public building and space requirements;

(2) design criteria for the exterior and site area;

(3) performance specifications for all building systems and components to ensure quality and cost efficiencies;

(4) conceptual floor plans for systems space;

(5) preferred types of interior finishes, styles of windows, lighting and outlets, doors, and features such as built-in counters and telephone wiring;

(6) mechanical and electrical requirements;

(7) special interior features required; and

(8) a completion schedule.

(c) The commissioner shall first solicit statements of qualifications from eligible contractors and select more than one qualified contractor based upon experience, technical competence, past performance, capability to perform, and other appropriate facts. Contractors selected under this process must be, employ, or have as a partner, member, coventurer, or subcontractor, persons licensed and registered under chapter 326 to provide the services required to design and complete the project. The commissioner does not have to select any of the respondents if none reasonably fulfill the criteria set forth in this paragraph.

(d) The contractors selected shall be asked to respond to a request for proposals. Responses must include site plans, design concept, elevation, statement of material to be used, floor layouts, a detailed development budget, and a total cost to complete the project. The proposal must indicate that the contractor obtained at least two proposals from subcontractors for each item of work and must set forth how the subcontractors were selected. The commissioner, with the assistance of the boards, shall evaluate the proposals based upon design, cost, quality, aesthetics, and the best overall value to the state pension funds. The commissioner need not select any of the proposals submitted and reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, and may terminate the process or revise the request for proposals and solicit new proposals if the commissioner determines that the best interests of the pension funds would be better served by doing so. Proposals submitted are nonpublic data until the contract is awarded.

(e) The contractor selected must comply with sections 574.26 to 574.261. Before executing a final contract, the contractor selected shall certify a firm construction price and completion date.

(f) The commissioner may consider building sites in the city of St. Paul and surrounding suburbs.

(g) Any land, building, or facility leased, constructed, or acquired and any leasehold interest acquired under this section must be held by the state in trust for the three retirement systems as tenants in common. Each retirement system fund must consider its interest as a fixed asset of its pension fund in accordance with governmental accounting standards.

(h) The commissioner may lease to another governmental subdivision, to a private company under contract with the State Board of Investment, or with the Board of Directors of the Minnesota State Retirement System, whichever applies, to provide deferred compensation services under section deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965new text end , any portion of the funds' building and lands that is not required for their direct use upon terms and conditions they deem to be in the best interest of the pension funds. Any income accruing from the rentals must be separately accounted for and utilized to offset ongoing administrative expenses and any excess must be carried forward for future administrative expenses. The commissioner may also enter into lease agreements for the establishment of satellite offices should the boards find them to be necessary in order to assure their members reasonable access to their services. The commissioner may lease under section 16B.24 any portion of the facilities not required for the direct use of the boards.

(i) The boards shall formulate and adopt a written working agreement that sets forth the nature of each retirement system's ownership interest, the duties and obligations of each system toward the construction, operation, and maintenance costs of its facilities, and identifies one retirement fund to serve as manager for operating and maintenance purposes. The boards may contract with independent third parties for maintenance-related activities, services, and supplies, and may use the services of the Department of Administration where economically feasible to do so. If the boards cannot agree or resolve a dispute about operations or maintenance of the facilities, they may request the commissioner of administration to appoint a representative from the department's real estate management division to serve as arbitrator of the dispute with authority to issue a written resolution of the dispute.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 363A.36, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Scope of application.

(a) For all contracts for goods and services in excess of $100,000, no department or agency of the state shall accept any bid or proposal for a contract or agreement from any business having more than 40 full-time employees within this state on a single working day during the previous 12 months, unless the commissioner is in receipt of the business' affirmative action plan for the employment of minority persons, women, and qualified disabled individuals. No department or agency of the state shall execute any such contract or agreement until the affirmative action plan has been approved by the commissioner. Receipt of a certificate of compliance issued by the commissioner shall signify that a firm or business has an affirmative action plan that has been approved by the commissioner. A certificate shall be valid for a period of two years. A municipality as defined in section 466.01, subdivision 1, that receives state money for any reason is encouraged to prepare and implement an affirmative action plan for the employment of minority persons, women, and the qualified disabled and submit the plan to the commissioner.

(b) This paragraph applies to a contract for goods or services in excess of $100,000 to be entered into between a department or agency of the state and a business that is not subject to paragraph (a), but that has more than 40 full-time employees on a single working day during the previous 12 months in the state where the business has its primary place of business. A department or agency of the state may not execute a contract or agreement with a business covered by this paragraph unless the business has a certificate of compliance issued by the commissioner under paragraph (a) or the business certifies that it is in compliance with federal affirmative action requirements.

(c) This section does not apply to contracts entered into by the State Board of Investment for investment options under section deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965, subdivision 4new text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 383B.914, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Participation in state deferred compensation plan.

(a) Existing employees of the corporation, at the election of the corporation, if otherwise qualified, are eligible to participate in the Hennepin County supplemental retirement plan under sections 383B.46 and 383B.52.

(b) Existing and future employees of the corporation, at the election of the corporation, are eligible to participate in the Minnesota state deferred compensation plan under section deleted text begin 352.96deleted text end new text begin 352.965new text end , the postretirement health care savings plan under section 352.98, and all other deferred compensation arrangements for which all persons employed by the county whose employment is accounted for in the county enterprise fund for HCMC were eligible.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 518.003, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Public pension plan.

"Public pension plan" means a pension plan or fund specified in section 356.20, subdivision 2, or 356.30, subdivision 3, the deferred compensation plan specified in section , or any retirement or pension plan or fund, including a supplemental retirement plan or fund, established, maintained, or supported by a governmental subdivision or public body whose revenues are derived from taxation, fees, assessments, or from other public sources.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin REPEALER. new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 352.96; new text end new text begin and new text end new text begin Minnesota Rules, parts 7905.0100; 7905.0200; 7905.0300; 7905.0400; 7905.0500; 7905.0600; 7905.0700; 7905.0800; 7905.0900; 7905.1000; 7905.1100; 7905.1200; 7905.1300; 7905.1400; 7905.1500; 7905.1600; 7905.1700; 7905.1800; 7905.1900; 7905.2000; 7905.2100; 7905.2200; 7905.2300; 7905.2400; 7905.2450; 7905.2500; 7905.2560; 7905.2600; 7905.2700; 7905.2800; and 7905.2900, new text end new text begin are repealed. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2008. new text end

ARTICLE 12

PERA POLICE AND FIRE PLAN
DUTY DISABILITY BENEFIT INCREASE

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2007 Supplement, section 353.656, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Duty disability; computation of benefits.

(a) A member of the police and fire plan who is determined to qualify for duty disability as defined in section 353.01, subdivision 41, shall receive disability benefits during the period of such disability in an amount equal to 60 percent of the average salary as defined in section 353.01, subdivision 17anew text begin , plus an additional percentage specified under section 356.315, subdivision 6, of that average salary for each year of service in excess of 20 yearsnew text end .

(b) To be eligible for a benefit under paragraph (a), the member must have:

(1) not met the requirements for a retirement annuity under section 353.651, subdivision 1; or

(2) met the requirements under that subdivision, but does not have at least 20 years of allowable service credit.

(c) If paragraph (b), clause (2), applies, the disability benefit must be paid for a period of 60 months from the disability benefit accrual date and at the end of that period is subject to provisions of subdivision 5a.

(d) If the disability under this subdivision occurs before the member has at least five years of allowable service credit in the police and fire plan, the disability benefit must be computed on the average salary from which deductions were made for contribution to the police and fire fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively from July 1, 2007. new text end

ARTICLE 13

LOCAL POLICE AND PAID FIRE
RELIEF ASSOCIATION CHANGES

Section 1.

new text begin [423A.021] DEFINED POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS. new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Pension unit increase. new text end

new text begin For a salaried firefighters relief association in a city of the first class with a population greater than 300,000, when the actuarial value of assets of the special fund first exceeds 110 percent of the actuarial accrued liabilities, according to an annual actuarial valuation occurring after the effective date of this section and performed in accordance with sections 356.215 and 356.216, each service pensioner, joint survivor annuitant, and surviving spouse member is entitled to a permanent benefit increase. The revised benefit is an increase of one unit for a service pensioner, not to exceed 43 units, an increase from 22 to 23 units for a surviving spouse benefit, and an increase from 42.3 to 43.2 units for unmarried service pensioners. The association shall pay the increased benefit beginning January 1 of the year following the year for which the valuation was prepared. If adding an additional unit results in raising total units past the maximum, a partial unit may be added to reach the maximum. For joint survivor annuities, this subdivision authorizes a benefit increase actuarially equivalent to one unit. new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Unit precedence. new text end

new text begin The additional benefit provided for in subdivision 1 shall take precedence over any other benefit provided when the fund reaches 110 percent funding. In preparing the actuarial valuation under sections 356.215 and 356.216, the actuary for the fund shall first account for the benefit provided in subdivision 1 in determining the plan's funded ratio. No other benefit payments may be made by the association until the actuarial impact of the benefit provided for in subdivision 1 has been determined and factored into the funding ratio. new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Excess investment income. new text end

new text begin For a salaried firefighters relief association in a city of the first class with a population greater than 300,000 that no longer is entitled to state general fund aid pursuant to section 423A.02, the association shall apply any assets that constitute excess investment income to the payment of a supplemental postretirement benefit to an eligible member notwithstanding any other limitation of law. Any amount of excess investment income not otherwise used for the payment of a supplemental postretirement benefit to an eligible member shall be applied to reduce the municipality's property tax levy to the association in the year following the payment of the postretirement benefit. A supplemental postretirement benefit is a lump sum payment equal to the monthly benefit provided to the benefit recipient in the month prior to payment of the supplemental postretirement benefit. A supplemental postretirement benefit payable under this section is in lieu of any benefit payable under section 423C.06, subdivision 2. No supplemental postretirement benefit is payable under this section if a benefit is payable under section 423C.06, subdivision 3. new text end

ARTICLE 14

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RELIEF ASSOCIATION CHANGES

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 6.67, is amended to read:

6.67 PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS; REPORT OF EVIDENCE POINTING TO MISCONDUCT.

Whenever a public accountant in the course of auditing the books and affairs of a county, city, town, school district, deleted text begin ordeleted text end other public deleted text begin corporations, shall discoverdeleted text end new text begin corporation, or local public pension plan governed by section 69.77, sections 69.771 to 69.775, or chapter 354A, 422A, 423B, 423C, or 424A, discovers new text end evidence pointing to nonfeasance, misfeasance, or malfeasance, on the part of an officer or employee in the conduct of duties and affairs, the public accountant shall promptly make a report of such discovery to the state auditor and the county attorney of the county in which the governmental unit is situated and the public accountant shall also furnish a copy of the report of audit upon completion to said officers. The county attorney shall act on such report in the same manner as required by law for reports made to the county attorney by the state auditor.

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 2006, section 69.011, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words and terms shall for the purposes of this chapter and chapters 423, 423A, 424 and 424A have the meanings ascribed to them:

(a) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue.

(b) "Municipality" means:

(1) a home rule charter or statutory city;

(2) an organized town;

(3) a park district subject to chapter 398;

(4) the University of Minnesota;

(5) for purposes of the fire state aid program only, an American Indian tribal government entity located within a federally recognized American Indian reservation;

(6) for purposes of the police state aid program only, an American Indian tribal government with a tribal police department which exercises state arrest powers under section 626.90, 626.91, 626.92, or 626.93;

(7) for purposes of the police state aid program only, the Metropolitan Airports Commission with respect to peace officers covered under chapter 422A; and

(8) for purposes of the police state aid program only, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Safety with respect to peace officers covered under chapter 352B.

(c) "Minnesota Firetown Premium Report" means a form prescribed by the commissioner containing space for reporting by insurers of fire, lightning, sprinkler leakage and extended coverage premiums received upon risks located or to be performed in this state less return premiums and dividends.

(d) "Firetown" means the area serviced by any municipality having a qualified fire department or a qualified incorporated fire department having a subsidiary volunteer firefighters' relief association.

(e) "Market value" means latest available market value of all property in a taxing jurisdiction, whether the property is subject to taxation, or exempt from ad valorem taxation obtained from information which appears on abstracts filed with the commissioner of revenue or equalized by the State Board of Equalization.

(f) "Minnesota Aid to Police Premium Report" means a form prescribed by the commissioner for reporting by each fire and casualty insurer of all premiums received upon direct business received by it in this state, or by its agents for it, in cash or otherwise, during the preceding calendar year, with reference to insurance written for insuring against the perils contained in auto insurance coverages as reported in the Minnesota business schedule of the annual financial statement which each insurer is required to file with the commissioner in accordance with the governing laws or rules less return premiums and dividends.

(g) "Peace officer" means any person:

(1) whose primary source of income derived from wages is from direct employment by a municipality or county as a law enforcement officer on a full-time basis of not less than 30 hours per week;

(2) who has been employed for a minimum of six months prior to December 31 preceding the date of the current year's certification under subdivision 2, clause (b);

(3) who is sworn to enforce the general criminal laws of the state and local ordinances;

(4) who is licensed by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board and is authorized to arrest with a warrant; and

(5) who is a member of a local police relief association to which section 69.77 applies, the State Patrol retirement plan, the public employees police and fire fund, or the Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund.

(h) "Full-time equivalent number of peace officers providing contract service" means the integral or fractional number of peace officers which would be necessary to provide the contract service if all peace officers providing service were employed on a full-time basis as defined by the employing unit and the municipality receiving the contract service.

(i) "Retirement benefits other than a service pension" means any disbursement authorized under section 424A.05, subdivision 3, clauses (2)deleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin and new text end (3)deleted text begin , and (4)deleted text end .

(j) "Municipal clerk, municipal clerk-treasurer, or county auditor" means the person who was elected or appointed to the specified position or, in the absence of the person, another person who is designated by the applicable governing body. In a park district, the clerk is the secretary of the board of park district commissioners. In the case of the University of Minnesota, the clerk is that official designated by the Board of Regents. For the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the clerk is the person designated by the commission. For the Department of Natural Resources or the Department of Public Safety, the clerk is the respective commissioner. For a tribal police department which exercises state arrest powers under section 626.90, 626.91, 626.92, or 626.93, the clerk is the person designated by the applicable American Indian tribal government.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2009. new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 356A.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

new text begin Authorized holder of assets; new text end title to assets.

new text begin (a) new text end Assets of a covered pension plan may be held only bynew text begin :new text end

new text begin (1)new text end the plan treasurerdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ;new text end

new text begin (2)new text end the State Board of Investmentdeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ;new text end

new text begin (3)new text end the depository agent of the plandeleted text begin ,deleted text end new text begin ; new text end

new text begin (4) a security broker or the broker's agent with, in either case, insurance equal to or greater than the plan assets held from the Securities Investor Protection Corporation or from excess insurance coverage; new text end or

new text begin (5) the depository agentnew text end of the State Board of Investment.

new text begin (b) new text end Legal title to plan assets must be vested in the plan, the State Board of Investment, the governmental entity that sponsors the plan, the nominee of the plan, or the depository agent. The holder of legal title shall function as a trustee for a person or entity with a beneficial interest in the assets of the plan.

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 2006, section 356A.06, subdivision 7, is amended to read:

Subd. 7.

Expanded list of authorized investment securities.

(a) Authority. Except to the extent otherwise authorized by law, a covered pension plan not described by subdivision 6, paragraph (a), shall invest its assets only in accordance with this subdivision.

(b) Securities generally. The covered pension plan has the authority to purchase, sell, lend, or exchange the securities specified in paragraphs (c) to (i), including puts and call options and future contracts traded on a contract market regulated by a governmental agency or by a financial institution regulated by a governmental agency. These securities may be owned as units in commingled trusts that own the securities described in paragraphs (c) to (i), including real estate investment trusts and insurance company commingled accounts, including separate accounts.

(c) Government obligations. The covered pension plan may invest funds in governmental bonds, notes, bills, mortgages, and other evidences of indebtedness if the issue is backed by the full faith and credit of the issuer or the issue is rated among the top four quality rating categories by a nationally recognized rating agency. The obligations in which funds may be invested under this paragraph include guaranteed or insured issues of (1) the United States, its agencies, its instrumentalities, or organizations created and regulated by an act of Congress; (2) Canada and its provinces, provided the principal and interest is payable in United States dollars; (3) the states and their municipalities, political subdivisions, agencies, or instrumentalities; (4) the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, or any other United States government sponsored organization of which the United States is a member, provided the principal and interest is payable in United States dollars.

(d) Corporate obligations. The covered pension plan may invest funds in bonds, notes, debentures, transportation equipment obligations, or any other longer term evidences of indebtedness issued or guaranteed by a corporation organized under the laws of the United States or any state thereof, or the Dominion of Canada or any province thereof if they conform to the following provisions:

(1) the principal and interest of obligations of corporations incorporated or organized under the laws of the Dominion of Canada or any province thereof must be payable in United States dollars; and

(2) obligations must be rated among the top four quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency.

(e) Other obligations. (1) The covered pension plan may invest funds in bankers acceptances, certificates of deposit, deposit notes, commercial paper, mortgage participation certificates and pools, asset backed securities, repurchase agreements and reverse repurchase agreements, guaranteed investment contracts, savings accounts, and guaranty fund certificates, surplus notes, or debentures of domestic mutual insurance companies if they conform to the following provisions:

(i) bankers acceptances and deposit notes of United States banks are limited to those issued by banks rated in the highest four quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency;

(ii) certificates of deposit are limited to those issued by (A) United States banks and savings institutions that are rated in the highest four quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency or whose certificates of deposit are fully insured by federal agencies; or (B) credit unions in amounts up to the limit of insurance coverage provided by the National Credit Union Administration;

(iii) commercial paper is limited to those issued by United States corporations or their Canadian subsidiaries and rated in the highest two quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency;

(iv) mortgage participation or pass through certificates evidencing interests in pools of first mortgages or trust deeds on improved real estate located in the United States where the loan to value ratio for each loan as calculated in accordance with section 61A.28, subdivision 3, does not exceed 80 percent for fully amortizable residential properties and in all other respects meets the requirements of section 61A.28, subdivision 3;

(v) collateral for repurchase agreements and reverse repurchase agreements is limited to letters of credit and securities authorized in this section;

(vi) guaranteed investment contracts are limited to those issued by insurance companies or banks rated in the top four quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency or to alternative guaranteed investment contracts where the underlying assets comply with the requirements of this subdivision;

(vii) savings accounts are limited to those fully insured by federal agencies; and

(viii) asset backed securities must be rated in the top four quality categories by a nationally recognized rating agency.

(2) Sections 16A.58, 16C.03, subdivision 4, and 16C.05 do not apply to certificates of deposit and collateralization agreements executed by the covered pension plan under clause (1), item (ii).

(3) In addition to investments authorized by clause (1), item (iv), the covered pension plan may purchase from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency all or any part of a pool of residential mortgages, not in default, that has previously been financed by the issuance of bonds or notes of the agency. The covered pension plan may also enter into a commitment with the agency, at the time of any issue of bonds or notes, to purchase at a specified future date, not exceeding 12 years from the date of the issue, the amount of mortgage loans then outstanding and not in default that have been made or purchased from the proceeds of the bonds or notes. The covered pension plan may charge reasonable fees for any such commitment and may agree to purchase the mortgage loans at a price sufficient to produce a yield to the covered pension plan comparable, in its judgment, to the yield available on similar mortgage loans at the date of the bonds or notes. The covered pension plan may also enter into agreements with the agency for the investment of any portion of the funds of the agency. The agreement must cover the period of the investment, withdrawal privileges, and any guaranteed rate of return.

(f) Corporate stocks. The covered pension plan may invest funds in stocks or convertible issues of any corporation organized under the laws of the United States or the states thereof, any corporation organized under the laws of the Dominion of Canada or its provinces, or any corporation listed on an exchange regulated by an agency of the United States or of the Canadian national government, if they conform to the following provisions:

(1) the aggregate value of investments under this paragraph, plus paragraphs (g) and (k), plus equity investments under paragraphs (h), (i), and (j), as adjusted for realized gains and losses, must not exceed 85 percent of the market or book value, whichever is less, of a fund; and

(2) investments must not exceed five percent of the total outstanding shares of any one corporation.

(g) Developed market foreign stocks investments. In addition to investments authorized under paragraph (f), the covered pension fund may invest in foreign stock sold on an exchange in any developed market country that is included in the Europe, Australia, and Far East Index.

(h) Commingled or mutual investments. The covered pension plan may invest in index funds or mutual funds, including index mutual funds, through bank-sponsored collective funds and shares of open-end investment companies registered under the Federal Investment Company Act of 1940, deleted text begin if the investments of the index or of the mutual funddeleted text end new text begin to the extent that these funds new text end comply with paragraphs (c) to (j).

(i) Real estate investment trust; related investments. The covered pension plan may invest in real estate investment trusts secured by mortgages or deeds of trust and sold on an exchange, and insurance company commingled accounts, including separate accounts, of a debt or equity nature.

(j) Exchange traded funds. The covered pension plan may invest funds in exchange traded funds, subject to the maximums, the requirements, and the limitations set forth in paragraphs (c) to (i), as applicable.

(k) Other investments. (1) In addition to the investments authorized in paragraphs (b) to (j), and subject to the provisions in clause (2), the covered pension plan may invest funds in:

(i) venture capital investment businesses through participation in limited partnerships and corporations;

(ii) real estate ownership interests or loans secured by mortgages or deeds of trust through investment in limited partnerships or bank sponsored collective funds;

(iii) regional and mutual funds through bank sponsored collective funds and open-end investment companies registered under the Federal Investment Company Act of 1940 deleted text begin which dodeleted text end new text begin to the extent that a fund or a portion of a fund does new text end not qualify under paragraph (h);

(iv) resource investments through limited partnerships, private placements, and corporations; and

(v) international debt securities and emerging market equity securities.

(2) The investments authorized in clause (1) must conform to the following provisions:

(i) the aggregate value of all investments made according to clause (1)new text begin , including allocated amounts of index and mutual funds,new text end may not exceed 20 percent of the market value of the fund for which the covered pension plan is investing;

(ii) there must be at least four unrelated owners of the investment other than the covered pension plan for investments made under clause (1), item (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv);

(iii) covered pension plan participation in an investment vehicle is limited to 20 percent thereof for investments made under clause (1), item (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv); and

(iv) covered pension plan participation in a limited partnership does not include a general partnership interest or other interest involving general liability. The covered pension plan may not engage in any activity as a limited partner which creates general liability.

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 2006, section 356A.06, subdivision 8b, is amended to read:

Subd. 8b.

Disclosure of investment authority; receipt of statement.

(a) For this subdivision, the term "broker" means a broker, broker-dealer, investment advisor, investment manager, or third party agent who transfers, purchases, sells, or obtains investment securities for, or on behalf of, a covered pension plan.

(b) Before a covered pension plan may complete an investment transaction with or in accord with the advice of a broker, the covered pension plan shall provide annually to the broker a written statement of investment restrictions applicable under state law to the covered pension plan or applicable under the pension plan governing board investment policy.

(c) A broker must acknowledge in writing annually the receipt of the statement of investment restrictions and must agree to handle the covered pension plan's investments and assets in accord with the provided investment restrictions. A covered pension plan may not enter into or continue a business arrangement with a broker until the broker has provided this written acknowledgment to the chief administrative officer of the covered pension plan.

new text begin (d) If any portion of the plan's assets are held by a security broker or its agent, the security broker or its agent must acknowledge in writing annually that sufficient insurance has been obtained from the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, supplemented by additional insurance, if necessary, to cover the full amount of covered pension plan assets held by the security broker or its agent. Uniform acknowledgment forms prepared by the state auditor shall be used by covered pension plans and brokers to meet the requirements of this subdivision. 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. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 424A.001, is amended by adding a subdivision to read:

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Ancillary benefit. new text end

new text begin "Ancillary benefit" means a benefit other than a service pension that is permitted by law and that is provided for in the relief association bylaws. new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2009. new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 424A.001, subdivision 6, is amended to read:

Subd. 6.

Surviving spouse.

For purposes of this chapter, and the governing bylaws of any relief association to which this chapter applies, the term "surviving spouse" means deleted text begin any person who was the dependent spouse of a deceased active member or retired former member living with the member at the time of the death of the active member or retired former member for at least one year prior to the date on which the member terminated active service and membershipdeleted text end new text begin the spouse of a deceased member who was legally married to the member at the time of deathnew text end .

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective January 1, 2009. new text end

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 424A.02, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Flexible service pension maximums.

(a) Annually on or before August 1 as part of the certification of the financial requirements and minimum municipal obligation determined under section 69.772, subdivision 4, or 69.773, subdivision 5, as applicable, the secretary or some other official of the relief association designated in the bylaws of each relief association shall calculate and certify to the governing body of the applicable qualified municipality the average amount of available financing per active covered firefighter for the most recent three-year period. The amount of available financing shall include any amounts of fire state aid received or receivable by the relief association, any amounts of municipal contributions to the relief association raised from levies on real estate or from other available revenue sources exclusive of fire state aid, and one-tenth of the amount of assets in excess of the accrued liabilities of the relief association calculated under section 69.772, subdivision 2; 69.773, subdivisions 2 and 4; or 69.774, subdivision 2, if any.

(b) The maximum service pension which the relief association has authority to provide for in its bylaws for payment to a member retiring after the calculation date when the minimum age and service requirements specified in subdivision 1 are met must be determined using the table in paragraph (c) or (d), whichever applies.

(c) For a relief association where the governing bylaws provide for a monthly service pension to a retiring member, the maximum monthly service pension amount per month for each year of service credited that may be provided for in the bylaws is the greater of the service pension amount provided for in the bylaws on the date of the calculation of the average amount of the available financing per active covered firefighter or the maximum service pension figure corresponding to the average amount of available financing per active covered firefighter:

Minimum Average Amount of Available Financing per Firefighter Maximum Service Pension Amount Payable per Month for Each Year of Service
$ ... $ .25
41 .50
81 1.00
122 1.50
162 2.00
203 2.50
243 3.00
284 3.50
324 4.00
365 4.50
405 5.00
486 6.00
567 7.00
648 8.00
729 9.00
810 10.00
891 11.00
972 12.00
1053 13.00
1134 14.00
1215 15.00
1296 16.00
1377 17.00
1458 18.00
1539 19.00
1620 20.00
1701 21.00
1782 22.00
1823 22.50
1863 23.00
1944 24.00
2025 25.00
2106 26.00
2187 27.00
2268 28.00
2349 29.00
2430 30.00
2511 31.00
2592 32.00
2673 33.00
2754 34.00
2834 35.00
2916 36.00
2997 37.00
3078 38.00
3159 39.00
3240 40.00
3321 41.00
3402 42.00
3483 43.00
3564 44.00
3645 45.00
3726 46.00
3807 47.00
3888 48.00
3969 49.00
4050 50.00
4131 51.00
4212 52.00
4293 53.00
4374 54.00
4455 55.00
4536 56.00
new text begin Effective beginning December 31, 2008 new text end
new text begin 4617 new text end new text begin 57.00 new text end
new text begin 4698 new text end new text begin 58.00 new text end
new text begin 4779 new text end new text begin 59.00 new text end
new text begin 4860 new text end new text begin 60.00 new text end
new text begin 4941 new text end new text begin 61.00 new text end
new text begin 5022 new text end new text begin 62.00 new text end
new text begin 5103 new text end new text begin 63.00 new text end
new text begin 5184 new text end new text begin 64.00 new text end
new text begin 5265 new text end new text begin 65.00 new text end
new text begin Effective beginning December 31, 2009 new text end
new text begin 5346 new text end new text begin 66.00 new text end
new text begin 5427 new text end new text begin 67.00 new text end
new text begin 5508 new text end new text begin 68.00 new text end
new text begin 5589 new text end new text begin 69.00 new text end
new text begin 5670 new text end new text begin 70.00 new text end
new text begin 5751 new text end new text begin 71.00 new text end
new text begin 5832 new text end new text begin 72.00 new text end
new text begin 5913 new text end new text begin 73.00 new text end
new text begin 5994 new text end new text begin 74.00 new text end
new text begin Effective beginning December 31, 2010 new text end
new text begin 6075 new text end new text begin 75.00 new text end
new text begin 6156 new text end new text begin 76.00 new text end
new text begin 6237 new text end new text begin 77.00 new text end
new text begin 6318 new text end new text begin 78.00 new text end
new text begin 6399 new text end new text begin 79.00 new text end
new text begin 6480 new text end new text begin 80.00 new text end
new text begin 6561 new text end new text begin 81.00 new text end
new text begin 6642 new text end new text begin 82.00 new text end
new text begin 6723 new text end new text begin 83.00 new text end
new text begin Effective beginning December 31, 2011 new text end
new text begin 6804 new text end new text begin 84.00 new text end
new text begin 6885 new text end new text begin 85.00 new text end
new text begin 6966 new text end new text begin 86.00 new text end
new text begin 7047 new text end new text begin 87.00 new text end
new text begin 7128 new text end new text begin 88.00 new text end
new text begin 7209 new text end new text begin 89.00 new text end
new text begin 7290 new text end new text begin 90.00 new text end
new text begin 7371 new text end new text begin 91.00 new text end
new text begin 7452 new text end new text begin 92.00 new text end
new text begin Effective beginning December 31, 2012 new text end
new text begin 7533 new text end new text begin 93.00 new text end
new text begin 7614 new text end new text begin 94.00 new text end
new text begin 7695 new text end new text begin 95.00 new text end
new text begin 7776 new text end new text begin 96.00 new text end
new text begin 7857 new text end new text begin 97.00 new text end
new text begin 7938 new text end new text begin 98.00 new text end
new text begin 8019 new text end new text begin 99.00 new text end
new text begin 8100 new text end new text begin 100.00 new text end
new text begin any amount in excess of 8100 new text end new text begin 100.00 new text end

(d) For a relief association in which the governing bylaws provide for a lump sum service pension to a retiring member, the maximum lump sum service pension amount for each year of service credited that may be provided for in the bylaws is the greater of the service pension amount provided for in the bylaws on the date of the calculation of the average amount of the available financing per active covered firefighter or the maximum service pension figure corresponding to the average amount of available financing per active covered firefighter for the applicable specified period:

Minimum Average Amount of Available Financing per Firefighter Maximum Lump Sum Service Pension Amount Payable for Each Year of Service
$ ... $ 10
11 20
16 30
23 40
27 50
32 60
43 80
54 100
65 120
77 140
86 160
97 180
108 200
131 240
151 280
173 320
194 360
216 400
239 440
259 480
281 520
302 560
324 600
347 640
367 680
389 720
410 760
432 800
486 900
540 1000
594 1100
648 1200
702 1300
756 1400
810 1500
864 1600
918 1700
972 1800
1026 1900
1080 2000
1134 2100
1188 2200
1242 2300
1296 2400
1350 2500
1404 2600
1458 2700
1512 2800
1566 2900
1620 3000
1672 3100
1726 3200
1753 3250
1780 3300
1820 3375
1834 3400