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Chapter 90 of the Acts of 2005

                  

An Act Relative to Creditable Service For Vocational Education Teachers

                  

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

                  
    

Subsection (1) of section 4 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as amended by section 4 of chapter 6 of the acts of 2005, is hereby further amended by inserting after paragraph (h) the following paragraph:-

(h 1/2) Any member in service of the teachers' retirement system or teacher who is a member of the State-Boston retirement system, and who is or was employed as a teacher as defined by section 1 in a vocational-technical school or in a public school's vocational-technical program approved by the department of education under chapter 74 may receive creditable service for any period or periods of prior work experience in the occupational field in which the member became a vocational-technical teacher and which was required as a condition of the member's employment and licensure under regulations of the department of education. No credit shall be allowed until the member has paid into the Annuity Savings Fund of the system before any retirement allowance becomes effective for the member, in 1 sum, or in installments, upon the terms and conditions that the board prescribes, makeup payments of an amount equal to 10 per cent of the regular annual compensation of the member as of the member's most recent date of entry into membership in the teachers' retirement system or as a teacher in the State-Boston retirement system, for each year of service purchased plus buyback interest thereon. No credit shall be allowed and no payment shall be accepted under this paragraph until the member has completed 10 or more years of membership service. The creditable service allowable under this paragraph for any member shall not exceed 3 years. Members in service of a retirement system who make application for this creditable service shall be notified by the retirement board of their eligibility for such creditable service, and, if they are eligible, shall also be notified by the retirement board that they have the following options: (1) to purchase the service in a lump sum within 180 days of the notice, or (2) to enter into an installment agreement within 180 days of the notice to pay for the service. `t+2

Senate, September 15, 2005.

This Bill having been returned by His Excellency the Governor with his objections thereto in writing (see Senate 2185) has been passed by the Senate, the objections of His Excellency the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding, two-thirds of the Senate (38 yeas to 0 nays) having agreed to the same.

Sent to the House of Representatives for its action. Robert E. Travaglini, President. William F. Welch, Clerk.

House of Representatives, September 15, 2005.

Passed by the House of Representatives, notwithstanding the objections of His Excellency the Governor, two-thirds of the members present (155 yeas to 0 nays) having approved the same.

Salvatore F. DiMasi, Speaker. Steven T. James, Clerk.

 
Chapter 157 of the Acts of 2005
 
An Act Relative to Disability Retirement Benefits for Veterans
 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

 
Section 1   

Subdivision (2) of section 7 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

(e) Any member of Group 1 or Group 2 or Group 4, who is a veteran as defined in section 1, shall receive an additional yearly retirement allowance of $15 for each year of creditable service or fraction thereof, but the total amount of this additional yearly retirement allowance shall not exceed $300. This paragraph shall only take effect upon its acceptance by the majority vote of the board of a system, subject to the approval of the legislative body. For purposes of this paragraph, legislative body shall mean in the case of a city the city council in accordance with its charter, in the case of a town the town meeting, in the case of a county the county retirement board advisory council, in the case of a district the district members, in the case of an authority the governing body and in the case of a regional retirement system, the regional retirement board advisory council.

  
  

 

Section 2   

An additional yearly retirement allowance which would have been payable under section 1 of this act, if that provision had been in effect and for which a member in service would have been eligible at the time of the member's retirement, shall be paid retroactively to the date of each such veteran's retirement. A veteran shall be eligible for payment of a retroactive additional yearly retirement allowance under this section only upon filing an application no later than 120 days after the effective date of this act, in a form that the appropriate retirement board, as defined in chapter 32 of the General Laws, shall prescribe. Payment under this section shall be made in a lump sum or in installments and shall be made in full within 1 year of the receipt of a completed and satisfactory application by the board. No payment shall be made under this act with respect to a person who is deceased. The appropriate retirement board shall provide reasonable notice to eligible retirees about the application process prescribed by this section. This section shall only take effect upon its acceptance by the majority vote of the board of a system, subject to the approval of the legislative body. For purposes of this paragraph, legislative body shall mean, in the case of a city, the city council in accordance with its charter, in the case of a town, the town meeting, in the case of a county, the county retirement board advisory council, in the case of a district, the district members, in the case of an authority, the governing body and in the case of a regional retirement system, the regional retirement board advisory council.

Approved November 22, 2005.  

  
  

 

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