Senate Bill No. 296
Introduced By jergeson, hagener
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing members of the teachers' retirement system to qualify Montana university
system extension service by paying the full actuarial cost of the service; clarifying that members of the teachers' retirement
system may not receive duplicate credit for the same period of service;
EXEMPTING CERTAIN POSITIONS FROM
MEMBERSHIP; ALLOWING CERTAIN RETIREES TO BE EMPLOYED AND TO RECEIVE A RETIREMENT
ALLOWANCE; amending sections 19-20-302, 19-20-405, 19-20-407, and AND 19-20-410, AND 19-20-804, MCA; and
providing an effective date AND A TERMINATION DATE."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
SECTION 1. SECTION 19-20-302, MCA, IS AMENDED TO READ: "19-20-302. Active membership. (1) Unless otherwise provided by this chapter or subsection (7), the following persons
must be active members of the retirement system, with the exception that those persons who became eligible for
membership on September 1, 1937, or on September 1, 1939, and who elected not to become members under the provisions
of the law at that time are not required to be members: (a) any person who is a teacher, principal, or district superintendent as defined in 20-1-101; (b) any person who is an administrative officer or a member of the instructional or scientific staff of a unit of the Montana
university system and who has not elected or is not required to participate in the optional retirement program under Title
19, chapter 21; (c) any person employed as a speech therapist, school nurse, or school psychologist or in an instructional services capacity
by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the office of a county superintendent, a special education
cooperative, a public institution of the state of Montana, the Montana state school for the deaf and blind, or a school
district; (d) any person who is an administrative officer or a member of the instructional staff of the board of public education; (e) any person who has elected not to become a member of the retirement system and is reentering service in a capacity
prescribed by subsection (1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(c), or (1)(d); (f) any person who has elected not to become a member of the retirement system, who has been continuously employed in
a capacity prescribed by subsection (1)(a), (1)(b), (1)(c), or (1)(d) since the time of the election, and who may elect to
become a member of the retirement system. (2) A person elected to the office of county superintendent of schools after July 1, 1995, is not eligible for optional
membership in the public employees' retirement system under the provisions of 19-3-412 and may, within 30 days of taking
office, elect to become an active member of the teachers' retirement system. The retirement system membership of an
elected county superintendent of schools as of June 30, 1995, must remain unchanged for as long as the person continues to
serve in the capacity of county superintendent of schools. (3) In order to be eligible for active membership, a person described in subsection (1) or (2) must: (a) be employed in the capacity prescribed for the person's eligibility for at least 30 days in any fiscal year; and (b) have the compensation for the person's creditable service totally paid by an employer. (4) (a) A substitute teacher: (i) may elect to become an active member of the retirement system on the first day of employment in any fiscal year; or (ii) is required to become an active member of the retirement system on the 31st day of employment in any fiscal year if the
substitute teacher has not elected membership under subsection (4)(a)(i). (b) The employer shall give written notification to a substitute teacher on the first day of employment in any fiscal year of
the option to elect membership under subsection (4)(a)(i). (5) A substitute teacher who did not elect membership under subsection (4)(a)(i) and who subsequently becomes a member
must be awarded creditable service for substitute teaching service if the substitute teacher contributes: (a) an amount equal to the combined employee and employer contributions that would have been made if the substitute
teacher had elected membership; plus (b) interest at the rate that the contributions would have earned if they had been on deposit with the retirement system. (6) At any time that a person's eligibility to become a member of the retirement system is in doubt, the retirement board
shall determine the person's eligibility for membership. All persons in similar circumstances must be treated alike. (7) A person who is employed in the office of public instruction and who is a retired member receiving a retirement benefit
pursuant to 19-20-804 may elect not to be an active member of the retirement system."
Section 1. Section 19-20-405, MCA, is amended to read:
"19-20-405. Limit on creditable service that may be awarded. The total creditable service for service purchased under
, 19-20-403, through 19-20-404, 19-20-408, 19-20-410(1), and 19-20-412 may not exceed 5 years."
Section 2. Section 19-20-407, MCA, is amended to read:
"19-20-407. No duplication of
benefits when there is more than one credit for same period of service. There A
member may not be any duplication of benefits to a member or beneficiary due to there being more than one receive
duplicate credit for the same period of service of the member."
Section 3. Section 19-20-410, MCA, is amended to read:
"19-20-410. Creditable service for extension service employment. (1) (a) At any time before retirement, a member with
5 years or more of creditable service in the retirement system may make a written election with the retirement board to
qualify up to 5 years of
his employment service with the Montana cooperative extension service, subject to the limitation
contained in 19-20-405, if: (a)(i) the member became a member of the retirement system before July 1, 1989; (b)(ii) the service involved instructional service at a unit of the Montana university system; and (c)(iii) the member received a refund of his membership contributions under the civil service retirement system or the
federal employees' retirement system for the service to be qualified. (2)(b) To qualify service under this section subsection (1)(a), the member shall contribute to the retirement system an
amount equal to the combined employer and employee contribution for his the member's first full year's teaching salary
earned after becoming a member of the retirement system for each year of creditable service plus interest at the rate that the
contribution would have earned had the contribution been in his the member's account upon the completion of 5 years of
membership service. The contribution rate must be that rate in effect at the time that he the member is eligible for the
(2) In addition to service purchased under subsection (1) and subject to 19-20-407, a member with 5 years or more of qualified service in the retirement system may qualify any cooperative extension service by contributing to the system the full actuarial cost of the service.
(3) Contributions to qualify service under this section may be made in a lump-sum payment or in installments as agreed upon by the member and the retirement board."
SECTION 5. SECTION 19-20-804, MCA, IS AMENDED TO READ: "19-20-804. Allowance for superannuation retirement. (1) Upon superannuation retirement, a member shall must
receive a retirement allowance consisting of a pension which that, together with an annuity, provides a retirement
allowance equal to one-sixtieth of his the member's average final compensation multiplied by the sum of the number of
years of creditable service, service transferred under 19-20-409, and additional service purchased under 19-20-412. (2) Any Except as provided in subsection (3), a retired member may be employed as a part-time or substitute teacher in
Montana and may earn, without loss of retirement benefits, an amount not to exceed the greater of: (a) one-third of the sum of his the member's average final compensation plus normal annual salary increases for teaching
personnel employed by the school district, state agency, political subdivision, or university unit that employed the member
at the time of retirement; or (b) one-third of the median of the average final compensation for members retired during the preceding fiscal year as
determined by the retirement board. (3) A retired member hired into a position covered under 19-20-302(7) may continue to receive a retirement allowance."
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1997.
NEW SECTION. SECTION 7. TERMINATION. [SECTIONS 1 AND 5] TERMINATE JUNE 30, 1999.