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352D.11 PURCHASE OF PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT.
    Subdivision 1. Eligibility. A qualified legislative employee may purchase prior service
credit from the Minnesota State Retirement System for service for which the employee did not
receive service credit from the state retirement system. An employee is qualified to purchase
prior service credit only if:
(1) the employee is a permanent employee of the senate, the house of representatives, or of a
joint legislative agency or legislative commission, or a former permanent employee of the senate,
the house of representatives, or of a joint legislative agency or legislative commission who has
not withdrawn the value of shares in the unclassified program; and
(2) before permanent employment the employee served as a temporary, intermittent, or
contract employee of the senate, the house of representatives, a joint legislative staff agency, or
a legislative commission.
    Subd. 2. Payments by employee. An employee entitled to purchase service credit may make
the purchase by paying to the state retirement system an amount equal to the current employee
contribution rate in effect for the state retirement system applied to the current or final salary rate
multiplied by the months and days of prior temporary, intermittent, or contract legislative service.
Payment shall be made in one lump sum unless the executive director of the state retirement
system agrees to accept payment in installments over a period of not more than three years from
the date of the agreement. Installment payments shall be charged interest at an annual rate of
8.5 percent compounded annually.
    Subd. 3. Certification. Proof of all legislative employment and the duration of all legislative
employment shall be established for current or former employees by certification of the
appropriate employer:
(1) by the Committee on Rules and Administration of the senate;
(2) by the Committee on Rules and Legislative Administration of the house of
representatives; or
(3) by the agency director or commission chair for service as an employee of a joint
legislative staff agency or legislative commission.
Certification to the executive director of the state retirement system shall include the exact
period or periods of employment for which the employee or qualified former employee is entitled
to obtain service credit. Service credit shall be computed and granted upon receiving payment
based on the relationship that the temporary, intermittent, or contract service bears to full-time
employment.
    Subd. 4. Employer contributions. Employee payments to the state retirement system
authorized by this section shall be matched by the current employer of the qualified employee
from the appropriation made to the respective legislative expense funds or the appropriation
available to the agency or commission. If the qualified employee is a participant in the unclassified
program at the time of payment, payments by the employee and employer shall be used to
purchase shares in the Minnesota supplemental retirement fund.
History: 1983 c 360 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1992 c 598 art 1 s 11