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Amendment

 

January Session, 2009

LCO No. 8485

   
 

*HB0638508485SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 6385

File No. 729

Cal. No. 672

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-175b of the general statutes, a member of the state employees retirement system who served as an employee in a probate court on or before January 5, 2011, was not employed in a probate court after said date due to a merger of the probate courts, who will not receive a retirement benefit pursuant to part III of chapter 801 of the general statutes, and who is not eligible to obtain credit for retirement purposes for such probate court service under any section of chapter 66 of the general statutes, may receive credit for such period or periods of probate court service, not to exceed four years in the aggregate, by making contributions to the state employees retirement fund, for each year of such prior probate court service for which credit is sought, equal to two or five per cent of the member's probate court salary, as appropriate for plan membership, plus interest thereon at the rate of five per cent per year from the time such service was rendered to the date of payment. Such payment may be made by payroll deductions as determined by the retirement commission over a period not to exceed twenty-four months, and such installments shall include interest at five per cent per year. No service credit shall be granted unless payment of all contributions and interest is completed, and then not more than one year of probate court service shall be counted for each two years of Connecticut state service.

Sec. 502. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) Any member of fund B of the municipal employees' retirement system, who, prior to such member's date of employment with a municipality that is participating in said fund B, served as an employee of a probate court on or before January 5, 2011, was not employed in a probate court after said date due to a merger of the probate courts, and who had not completed sufficient credited service to be eligible to retire and receive retirement benefits pursuant to part III of chapter 801 of the general statutes, shall be credited with the period of such service in the probate court, not to exceed four years of credit, to the extent that such member makes contributions to said fund for all or any part of the period of such service. Such contributions shall be computed at a rate of two per cent of such member's first year's salary as such employee, with interest at five per cent per annum, payable within one year of such employment, or on or before January 1, 2012, whichever is later, provided such contributions are made prior to the date of retirement. The period of such service for which contributions to said fund are made shall be counted for the purpose of computing the amount of such member's retirement allowance, provided such member shall have completed five years of continuous service or fifteen years of active aggregate service with a participating municipality or shall be retired prior thereto due to disability incurred in the course of employment. Any member who purchases credit pursuant to this section and who later receives a retirement allowance for permanent and total disability under part II of chapter 113 of the general statutes shall, upon written request, be refunded all such contributions paid under this section, provided such probate court credit did not serve to increase the amount of disability retirement benefits for which such member was eligible. "