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Amendment

 

February Session, 2014

LCO No. 5625

   
 

*HB0537705625SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5377

File No. 659

Cal. No. 587

"AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE REEMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS AS THEY RELATE TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT. "

Strike section 4 in its entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 5-155a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The general administration and responsibility for the proper operation of the state employees retirement system is vested in a single board of trustees to be known as the Connecticut State Employees Retirement Commission. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-9a, the Retirement Commission shall consist of the following: (1) The Treasurer or a designee, who shall be a nonvoting ex-officio member; (2) the Comptroller or a designee, who shall be a nonvoting, ex-officio member; (3) six trustees representing employees who shall (A) be appointed by the bargaining agents in accordance with the provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements, [. The trustees representing employees shall] (B) serve three-year terms, and (C) not be members of the same bargaining unit; [. The trustees representing employees shall serve three-year terms; (3)] (4) six management trustees who are members of the state employees retirement system, who shall serve three-year terms, (A) one of whom shall represent the legislative branch, and (B) one of whom shall represent the judicial branch. The management trustees shall be appointed by the Governor; [(4)] (5) two actuarial trustees who are enrolled actuaries and Fellows of the Society of Actuaries who shall be appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. One actuarial trustee shall be nominated by the management trustees and one shall be nominated by the trustees representing employees; [. The Governor shall appoint the actuarial trustees for three-year terms; and (5)] (6) three trustees who represent unclassified employees, who shall (A) serve three-year terms, (B) be appointed by the Governor, and (C) represent unclassified employees in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, respectively; (7) two trustees who represent employees participating in the municipal employees retirement system, who shall (A) serve three-year terms, (B) be appointed by the Governor, and (C) be voting members for the purposes of deciding any matter affecting the rights of employees or municipalities participating in the municipal employees retirement system; (8) two trustees who represent municipalities participating in the municipal employees retirement system, who shall (A) serve three-year terms, (B) be appointed by the Governor, and (C) be voting members for the purposes of deciding any matter affecting the rights of employees or municipalities participating in the municipal employees retirement system; and (9) one neutral trustee who shall be chairman of the State Employees Retirement Commission. Such neutral trustee shall be enrolled in the National Academy of Arbitrators and shall be nominated by the employee and management trustees and appointed by the Governor [. The neutral trustee shall] to serve a two-year term. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a trustee, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the office was previously filled. The trustees, with the exception of the chairman and the actuarial trustees, shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed in accordance with the standard travel regulations for all necessary expenses that they may incur through service on the commission. The chairman and the actuarial trustees shall be compensated at their normal and usual per diem fee, plus travel expenses, from the funds of the retirement system for each day of service to the commission. Each trustee shall, within ten days after appointment or election, take an oath of office that so far as it devolves upon the trustee, the trustee will diligently and honestly administer the affairs of the commission, and will not knowingly violate or willingly permit to be violated any of the provisions of law applicable to the state retirement system. Each trustee's term shall begin from the date the trustee takes such an oath. The trustees shall appoint a representative from among the municipalities that have accepted the provisions of part II of chapter 113, who shall serve as a municipal liaison to the commission, at the commission's pleasure and under such terms and conditions as the commission may prescribe. Each trustee shall be entitled to one vote on the commission. A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business, the exercise of any power or the performance of any duty authorized or imposed by law. The Retirement Commission shall be within the Retirement Division of the office of the Comptroller for administrative purposes only. The Comptroller [, ex officio,] shall be the [nonvoting] secretary of the commission and shall provide secretariat support to the commission. "