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HOUSE BILL NO. 570
INTRODUCED BY B. LAWSON
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ALLOWING THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF A FIRE DEPARTMENT RELIEF ASSOCIATION TO SET THE AMOUNT OF THE MONTHLY PENSION PAYABLE TO A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER; AMENDING SECTION 19-18-602, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 19-18-602, MCA, is amended to read:
"19-18-602. Service pension. (1) Each association shall pay, out of its disability and pension fund, a service pension to
each of its members who elects to retire from active service after having completed 20 years or more of active duty and has
reached the age of 50 years as a fully paid member of a paid or partly paid and partly volunteer fire department of the city
or town in which the association was formed. The pension
shall must be equal to one-half of the sum last received by the
member as a monthly compensation, excluding overtime and payments in lieu of sick leave and annual leave, for his
services as an active member of the fire department.
(2) Effective July 1, 1974, a member who completes 20 years of service and elects to serve additional years shall
receive the pension provided for in subsection (1) increased at the rate of 1%
per a year for each additional year of service
completed, up to a maximum of 60% of the sum last received by the member as a monthly compensation, excluding
overtime and payments in lieu of sick leave and annual leave, for his services as an active member of the fire department.
No A member is not eligible to receive a service pension prior to attaining the age of 50 years.
(3) The monthly pension paid to members retiring on or after July 1, 1973, must be at least one-half the regular monthly
salary, excluding overtime and payments in lieu of sick leave and annual leave, paid to a confirmed active firefighter of that
city, as provided each year in the budget of that city. The monthly pension paid to a member retiring prior to July 1, 1974,
must be at least $200. In the case of volunteer firefighters, the monthly pension
may not exceed $150 a month must be an
amount set by the board of trustees of the association after consideration of an actuarial examination of the disability and
(4) As of July 1, 1977, a member is not eligible to receive a service pension under this section unless
he the member is
making a monthly contribution to the disability and pension fund, as required by 19-18-501, and is on active duty as a fully
paid member of a fire department when he the member reaches the age of 50 years of age.
(5) A member of a pure volunteer fire department who has served 20 years or more as an active member of the fire
department is entitled to the benefits provided for in this chapter regardless of
his age. A member of a pure volunteer fire
department who has completed 10 years' service as an active member of the fire department but who is prevented from
completing 20 years' service by dissolution or discontinuance of his the member's volunteer fire department, personal
relocation due to transfer or loss of employment, personal disability, or any other factor beyond his the member's
reasonable control may nevertheless qualify for a partial or reduced pension in an amount and to the extent determined by
the board of trustees of the association, regardless of his the member's age."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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