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File No. 638

    February Session, 2018

House Bill No. 5430

House of Representatives, April 23, 2018

The Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding reported through REP. ROJAS of the 9th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM CONTRIBUTIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (7) of section 10-183b of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(7) "Contributions" means amounts withheld pursuant to this chapter and paid to the board by an employer from compensation payable to a member. [Prior to July 1, 1989, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of five per cent regular contributions and "one per cent contributions". From July 1, 1989, to June 30, 1992, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of five per cent regular contributions and one per cent health contributions. From July 1, 1992, to June 30, 2004, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of six per cent "regular contributions" and one per cent health contributions.] From July 1, 2004, to December 31, 2017, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of six per cent regular contributions and one and one-fourth per cent health contributions. [On and after] From January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of seven per cent "regular contributions" and one and one-fourth per cent health contributions. On and after July 1, 2018, "mandatory contributions" are contributions required to be withheld under this chapter and consist of six per cent regular contributions and one and one-fourth per cent health contributions. "Voluntary contributions" are contributions by a member authorized to be withheld under section 10-183i.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-183z of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The retirement system for teachers shall be funded on an actuarial reserve basis. The retirement board shall, on or before December first, annually, certify to the General Assembly the amount necessary, on the basis of an actuarial determination to establish and maintain the retirement fund on such determined actuarial reserve basis and make such other recommendations with regard to the fund and its administration as the board deems necessary. [For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, and each fiscal year thereafter, the retirement board shall, in making such actuarial determination, assume that the amount of the contributions required to be withheld under this chapter is six per cent "regular contributions" instead of seven per cent "regular contributions".] On the basis of each evaluation, the retirement board shall redetermine the normal rate of contribution and, until it is amortized, the unfunded past service liability. The General Assembly shall review the board's recommendations and certification and shall appropriate to the retirement fund the amount certified by the retirement board as necessary provided said certification is in compliance with this section.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of section 10-183z of the general statutes, as amended by this act, the Teachers' Retirement Board shall, on or before June 1, 2018, (1) request a revised actuarial valuation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, based on the mandatory contribution percentage for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, required under subdivision (7) of section 10-183b of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and (2) certify to the General Assembly for said fiscal year the amount necessary, based on such revised actuarial valuation, to maintain the Teachers' Retirement Fund on an actuarial reserve basis.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

10-183b(7)

Sec. 2

from passage

10-183z(a)

Sec. 3

from passage

New section

FIN

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Teachers' Retirement Bd.

GF - Cost

40,000,000

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill reduces members' regular contributions to the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) from 7% to 6%, effective July 1, 2018 and requires a corresponding revised actuarial valuation to set the state's FY 19 Annual Required Contribution (ARC). It is anticipated that this will result in a $40 million increase in the state's ARC in FY 19.

Current law requires that the state's contribution in FY 20 and annually thereafter be based on a 6% regular contribution instead on the current 7%. Members' additional 1% contributions are to be deposited to the Teachers Retirement Fund (TRF) in addition to (rather than offsetting) the state's ARC. The bill eliminates the additional 1% contribution to the TRF, which precludes future savings through reduced state ARC payments which would have resulted from the additional contributions.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future.

OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5430

AN ACT CONCERNING TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM CONTRIBUTIONS.

SUMMARY

Starting July 1, 2018, this bill decreases teachers' regular contribution rate to the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) from 7% to 6% of their annual salary. By law, teachers' mandatory contributions to TRS consist of their regular contribution rate plus a 1.25% health contribution for retiree health insurance. PA 17-2, June Special Session ( 586), increased the regular contribution rate from 6% to 7% as of January 1, 2018.

The bill requires the Teachers' Retirement Board (TRB), by June 1, 2018, to (1) request a revised actuarial valuation for FY 19 based on the mandatory contribution percentage for the fiscal year and (2) based on the revised valuation, certify to the legislature the amount needed to maintain TRS on an actuarial reserve basis in FY 19.

It also eliminates a provision requiring the TRB, for FY 20 and each fiscal year after, to assume that teachers' regular contributions are 6%, rather than 7%, when actuarially determining the amount needed to maintain TRS on an actuarial reserve basis.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

50

Nay

1

(04/05/2018)

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