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423A.19 REDUCED VESTING REQUIREMENT.

Subdivision 1.Reduced vesting.

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, for a police or salaried firefighters relief association that implements the provision with municipal approval as provided in subdivision 4, a person with at least five years of service credited by the relief association is entitled, upon termination of active service and reaching at least the required normal retirement age, to receive a pro rata monthly service pension. The pro rata monthly service pension must be calculated in the amount and manner specified by the board of trustees, but not to exceed that portion of the service pension payable upon meeting the minimum age and years of service requirements that bears the same relationship that the person's actual years and portions of years of service bear to the minimum service requirement.

Subd. 2.Survivor benefit coverage.

A person entitled to or receiving a reduced vesting service pension as provided in subdivision 1 is entitled to surviving spouse benefit coverage, surviving child benefit coverage, or both, if all other qualification requirements are met. The survivor benefit must be calculated in the amount and manner specified by the board of trustees, but not to exceed that portion of survivor benefit payable to a survivor of a deceased retired member who had met the minimum years of service requirement that bears the same relationship that the actual years and portions of years of service of the person bear to the minimum service requirement for a service pension.

Subd. 3.Postretirement adjustments.

A reduced vesting service pension as provided in subdivision 1 or a survivor benefit payable on behalf of a deceased person entitled to or receiving a reduced vesting service pension as provided in subdivision 2 is entitled to postretirement adjustments if the comparable pension or benefit payable when the full minimum service requirement has been met is subject to postretirement adjustments. The postretirement adjustment must be the same percentage increase as the postretirement adjustment for the comparable pension or benefit payable when the full minimum service requirement has been met.

Subd. 4.Implementation.

The reduced vesting requirement must be implemented by a local relief association through an amendment to the bylaws of the relief association with approval by the governing body of the municipality as required by section 69.77, subdivision 11. The bylaw amendment may not be effective until a certified copy of it and the municipal approval has been filed by the municipal clerk with the executive director of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, the state auditor, and the secretary of state.