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Chapter 356A

Section 356A.01


Recent History

    Subdivision 1. Scope. For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the meanings
given them in this section.
    Subd. 2. Benefit. "Benefit" means an amount, other than an administrative expense, paid or
payable from a pension plan, including a retirement annuity, service pension, disability benefit,
survivor benefit, death benefit, funeral benefit, or refund.
    Subd. 3. Benefit provisions. "Benefit provisions" means the portion of a pension plan that
deals specifically with the benefit coverage provided by the plan, including the kinds of coverage,
the eligibility for and entitlement to benefits, and the amount of benefits.
    Subd. 4. Benefit recipient. "Benefit recipient" means a person who has received a benefit
from a pension plan or to whom a benefit is payable under the terms of the plan document
of the pension plan.
    Subd. 5. Chief administrative officer. "Chief administrative officer" means the person
who has primary responsibility for the execution of the administrative or management affairs of
a pension plan.
    Subd. 6. Cofiduciary. "Cofiduciary" means a fiduciary of a pension plan, other than a
fiduciary directly undertaking a fiduciary activity or directly and primarily responsible for
a fiduciary activity.
    Subd. 7. Covered governmental entity. "Covered governmental entity" means a
governmental subdivision or other governmental entity that employs persons who are plan
participants in a covered pension plan and who are eligible for that participation because of
their employment.
    Subd. 8. Covered pension plan. "Covered pension plan" means a pension plan or fund listed
in section 356.20, subdivision 2, or section 356.30, subdivision 3, or a plan established under
chapter 353D, 354B, 354C, or 354D.
    Subd. 9. Covered pension plan other than a statewide plan. "Covered pension plan other
than a statewide plan" means a pension plan not included in the definition of a statewide plan in
subdivision 24.
    Subd. 10. Direct or indirect profit. "Direct or indirect profit" means a payment of money,
the provision of a service or an item of other than nominal value, an extension of credit, a loan,
or any other special consideration to a fiduciary or a direct relative of a fiduciary on behalf of
the fiduciary in consideration for the performance of a fiduciary activity or a failure to perform
a fiduciary activity.
    Subd. 11. Direct relative. "Direct relative" means any of the persons or spouses of persons
related to one another within the third degree of kindred under civil law.
    Subd. 12. Fiduciary. "Fiduciary" means a person identified in section 356A.02.
    Subd. 13. Fiduciary activity. "Fiduciary activity" means an activity described in section
356A.02, subdivision 2.
    Subd. 14. Financial institution. "Financial institution" means a bank, savings institution, or
credit union organized under federal or state law.
    Subd. 15. Governing board of a pension plan. "Governing board of a pension plan" means
the body of a pension plan that is assigned or that undertakes the chief policy-making powers
and management duties of the plan.
    Subd. 16. Investment Advisory Council. "Investment Advisory Council" means the
Investment Advisory Council established by section 11A.08.
    Subd. 17. Liability. "Liability" means a secured or unsecured debt or an obligation for a
future payment of money, including an actuarial accrued liability or an unfunded actuarial accrued
liability, except where the context clearly indicates another meaning.
    Subd. 18. Office of the pension plan. "Office of the pension plan" means an administrative
facility or portion of a facility where the primary business or administrative affairs of a pension
plan are conducted and the primary and permanent records and files of the plan are retained.
    Subd. 19. Pension fund. "Pension fund" means the assets amassed and held in a pension
plan, other than the general fund, as reserves for present and future payment of benefits and
administrative expenses.
    Subd. 20. Pension plan. "Pension plan" means all aspects of an arrangement between a public
employer and its employees concerning the pension benefit coverage provided to the employees.
    Subd. 21. Plan document. "Plan document" means a written document or series of
documents containing the eligibility requirements and entitlement provisions constituting the
benefit coverage of a pension plan, including any articles of incorporation, bylaws, governing
body rules and policies, municipal charter provisions, municipal ordinance provisions, or general
or special state law.
    Subd. 22. Plan participant. "Plan participant" means a person who is an active member of
a pension plan by virtue of the person's employment or who is making a pension plan member
    Subd. 23. State Board of Investment. "State Board of Investment" means the Minnesota
State Board of Investment created by the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 8.
    Subd. 24. Statewide plan. "Statewide plan" means any of the following pension plans:
(1) the Minnesota State Retirement System or a pension plan administered by it;
(2) the Public Employees Retirement Association or a pension plan administered by it; and
(3) the Teachers Retirement Association or a pension plan administered by it.
History: 1989 c 319 art 7 s 1; 2000 c 461 art 12 s 16