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352.86 Transportation Department pilots.

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

Subd. 1a. Disability benefits. An employee described in subdivision 1, who is less than 62 years of age and who becomes disabled and physically or mentally unfit to perform occupational duties due to injury, sickness, or other disability, and who is found disqualified for retention as chief pilot or pilot as a result of a physical examination required by applicable federal laws or regulations, is entitled upon application to disability benefits for a maximum of five years in the amount of 75 percent of current monthly salary, to be paid by the appointing authority from the state airports fund. Disability benefits must not continue after the employee reaches age 62. These benefits are in lieu of all other state benefits for the disability, including, but not limited to, workers' compensation benefits.

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

Subd. 3. Election of coverage. To be covered by this section, an employee of the Department of Transportation described in subdivision 1 who is employed in the described position on July 1, 1982, or after must file a notice with the executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System on a form prescribed by the executive director stating whether or not the employee elects to be covered by this special plan. Notice must be filed by August 1, 1982, or within 90 days of employment, whichever is later. Elections are irrevocable during any period of covered employment.

Subd. 4. Repealed, 1991 c 269 art 3 s 21

HIST: 1982 c 575 s 3; 1983 c 293 s 98,99; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 7 s 35; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 229 art 6 s 1; art 11 s 1; 1987 c 259 s 19; 2004 c 267 art 7 s 1