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HOUSE BILL NO. 494
INTRODUCED BY C. SQUIRES, T. BECK, C. AHNER, S. BARTLETT, G. BECK, R. CLARK, D. EWER,
S. GALLUS, K. GALVIN-HALCRO, B. GLASER, D. GRIMES, M. GUGGENHEIM, D. HARGROVE,
H. HARPER, J. HERTEL, C. HIBBARD, S. KITZENBERG, R. MENAHAN, B. PAVLOVICH, D. SHEA,
B. WILSON, C. YOUNKIN
AN ACT EXTENDING INDEFINITELY A PROVISION REQUIRING THE EMPLOYER TO HELP PURCHASE RETIREMENT SERVICE FOR ELIGIBLE STATE OR UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES WHOSE POSITIONS ARE ELIMINATED BY A REDUCTION IN FORCE, PRIVATIZATION, OR AGENCY REORGANIZATION; AMENDING SECTION 19-2-706, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 19-2-706, MCA, is amended to read:
"19-2-706. Additional service for member involuntarily terminated from membership service. (1) An employee of the state or university system is entitled to the involuntary termination provision provided in subsection (3) if:
(a) the employee is a member of the public employees', game wardens' and peace officers', sheriffs', or highway patrol officers' retirement system;
(b) the employee's active service is involuntarily terminated because of elimination of the employee's position as a result
of privatization, reorganization of an agency, closure of or a reduction in force at an agency, or other actions by the
on or after July 1, 1997, but before July 1, 1999;
(c) the employee is eligible for a normal service retirement or early retirement under the applicable provisions of the retirement system to which the member belongs; and
(d) the employee waives termination benefits for which the employee would otherwise be eligible under the State Employee Protection Act.
(2) The cost of each year of service purchased under this section is the total actuarial cost of purchasing the service based on the most recent actuarial valuation of the retirement system.
(3) The employer of an eligible member under subsection (1) shall pay a portion of the total cost of purchasing up to 3 years of additional service that the member was qualified to purchase under 19-3-513, 19-6-804, 19-7-804, or 19-8-904. The employer-paid portion applied toward the service purchase must be calculated using the formula A x B x C when:
(a) A is equal to a maximum of 3 additional years of service that the member is eligible to purchase;
(b) B is equal to the sum of the employer and employee contribution rates in the member's retirement system; and
(c) C is equal to the member's gross compensation paid during the immediate preceding 12 months of membership service. The employer may not be charged more than the total actuarial cost of the service purchased by the terminated employee.
(4) The member shall pay the difference, if any, between the full actuarial cost of the service to be purchased and the amount contributed by the employer under subsection (3). A member is entitled to a refund for that portion of previously purchased additional service that would otherwise cause the member to be unqualified to receive all or part of the additional service provided in this section. A member may elect to purchase less than the full amount of service for which the member is eligible under this section, but the election may not reduce the amount of the employer's contribution as calculated under subsection (3).
(5) The board may allow an employer to pay the contributions required under subsection (3) in installments for up to 10 years and may charge interest at a rate set by the board pursuant to 19-2-403.
(6) A member who has received additional service under this section and who returns to employment for the same jurisdiction for 600 or more hours in a calendar year forfeits the additional service. The employer's contribution to purchase that member's additional service, minus any retirement benefits already paid, must be refunded to the employer. As used in this subsection, the same jurisdiction means all agencies of the state, including the university system."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 1999.
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