Substitute House Bill No. 5959
          Substitute House Bill No. 5959

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-152


AN ACT CONCERNING RETIREMENT OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES
OF REGIONAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARDS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Subdivision  (1) of section 7-425
of  the  general  statutes  is  repealed  and  the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (1)   "Municipality"  means  any  town,  city,
borough, school district,  taxing  district,  fire
district,  district  department of health, probate
district, housing authority, REGIONAL  WORK  FORCE
DEVELOPMENT BOARD ESTABLISHED UNDER SECTION 31-3k,
flood  commission  or  authority  established   by
special act or regional planning agency.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (a)  of section 7-427 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   Any   municipality   except   a  housing
authority, which is governed by subsection (b)  of
this  section OR A REGIONAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT
BOARD ESTABLISHED UNDER SECTION  31-3k,  WHICH  IS
GOVERNED  BY  SECTION  3  OF  THIS  ACT,  may,  by
resolution passed  by  its  legislative  body  and
subject  to  such referendum as may be hereinafter
provided, accept this part as to any department or
departments   of   such  municipality  as  may  be
designated therein, including elective officers if
so  specified, free public libraries which receive
part  or  all  of  their  income  from   municipal
appropriation,  and  the  redevelopment  agency of
such municipality whether or not such municipality
is  a  member of the system, as defined in section
7-452, but such acceptance shall not repeal, amend
or  replace,  or  affect  the  continuance of, any
pension system established in such municipality by
or  under the authority of any special act and all
such special acts shall remain in full  force  and
effect  until  repealed  or amended by the General
Assembly  or  as  provided  by  chapter  99.   The
acceptance  of  this  part as to any department or
departments of a municipality shall not affect the
right  of  such  municipality  to accept it in the
future as to any other department or  departments.
In   any   municipality   other  than  a  district
department of  health,  housing  authority,  flood
commission  or authority, regional planning agency
or supervision district board of  education,  such
resolution shall not take effect until it has been
approved by a majority  of  the  electors  of  the
municipality  voting  thereon  at the next regular
election or meeting or at a  special  election  or
meeting called for the purpose. The effective date
of participation shall be  at  least  ninety  days
subsequent   to  the  receipt  by  the  Retirement
Commission  of  the   certified   copy   of   such
resolution.   The   Retirement   Commission  shall
furnish   to   any   municipality    contemplating
acceptance  of  this  part, at the expense of such
municipality, an estimate of the probable cost  to
such  municipality  of  such  acceptance as to any
department or departments thereof.
    Sec. 3. (NEW)  If  the majority of the members
of a regional work force development board vote to
participate  in part  II  of  chapter 113  of  the
general statutes, employees  of  a  regional  work
force development board  who  are  eligible  under
section 7-425 of  the general statutes, as amended
by section 1  of this act, and who are not members
of the Municipal Employees Retirement Fund B shall
become members thereof on July 1, 1998. Membership
in any other  retirement system shall terminate on
said date. The  members  of  a regional work force
development board shall arrange for termination of
such  systems, which  arrangements  shall  include
provision that the  rights  of members who retired
prior to July 1, 1998, under such system shall not
be affected and  provision  that  any  refunds  of
employee   contributions  made   to   such   other
retirement  system shall  be  transferred  to  the
Municipal Employees' Retirement  Fund  B  and  the
appropriate amount credited to the account of each
transferring employee's benefit.  Each employee of
the regional work  force  development  board shall
pay his pro  rata share of the actual cost of such
transfer at no additional cost to the municipality
or board.
    Sec. 4. (NEW)  (a)  Any employee of a regional
work force development  board  which  has voted to
participate in part  II  of  chapter  113  of  the
general statutes who previously was an employee of
a private industry  council  shall  receive credit
for  the  purposes   of   retirement   under   the
provisions  of part  II  of  chapter  113  of  the
general statutes for  the  period  of  his service
with the private  industry council upon payment to
the municipal employees  retirement  fund of a sum
equal to that  which  he  would have paid had such
service been covered  by the provisions of part II
of chapter 113  of  the general statutes, provided
such sum is  paid  within  one year of the date of
such board's first  participation  in  part  II of
chapter 113 of the general statutes.
    (b) Any employee  of  a  regional  work  force
development board which  has  voted to participate
in part II  of chapter 113 of the general statutes
shall  receive  credit   for   the   purposes   of
retirement under the  provisions  of  part  II  of
chapter 113 of the general statutes for the period
of his service with such board when such board was
not participating under  the  provisions  of  this
part  upon  payment  to  the  municipal  employees
retirement fund of  a  sum  equal to that which he
would have paid  had  such service been covered by
the provisions of  part  II  of chapter 113 of the
general statutes, provided such sum is paid within
one  year  of  the  date  of  such  board's  first
participation in part  II  of  chapter  113 of the
general statutes.

Approved June 25, 1997