Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 3. Eligibility, Membership, and Vesting

Active Membership -- Inactive Vested Member -- Inactive Nonvested Member

19-9-301. Active membership -- inactive vested member -- inactive nonvested member. (1) A police officer becomes an active member of the retirement system:

(a) on the date the police officer's service with an employer commences;

(b) on July 1, 1977, if the police officer is employed by an employer on that date; or

(c) in the case of an employer that elects to join the retirement system, as provided in 19-9-207, on the effective date of the election if the police officer is employed by the employer on that date. A person who is a member of the public employees' retirement system on the date of the employer's election may remain in the public employees' retirement system or may elect to become a member of the municipal police officers' retirement system by filing an irrevocable written election with the board no later than 90 days after the date of the employer's election.

(2) Failure to make an election as provided in subsection (1)(c) is considered an election to remain in the public employees' retirement system.

(3) Upon becoming eligible for membership, the police officer shall complete the forms and furnish the proof required by the board.

(4) A member becomes an inactive member on the first day of an approved absence from service of a substantial duration.

(5) (a) An inactive member with at least 5 years of membership service is an inactive vested member and retains the right to purchase service credit and to receive a retirement benefit under the provisions of this chapter.

(b) If an inactive vested member chooses to take a lump-sum payment rather than a retirement benefit, the lump-sum payment consists of only the member's accumulated contributions and not the employer contributions.

(6) (a) An inactive member with less than 5 years of membership service is an inactive nonvested member and is not eligible for any benefits from the retirement system.

(b) An inactive nonvested member is eligible only for a refund of the member's accumulated contributions.

History: En. 11-1863 by Sec. 4, Ch. 456, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 11-1863(1), (2); amd. Sec. 186, Ch. 265, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 250, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 101, Ch. 99, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 92, Ch. 429, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 55, Ch. 329, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 19, Ch. 284, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 26, Ch. 248, L. 2015.