Retirement Board Local Options

Local retirement boards, except the State and Teachers' Retirement Boards, may vote on the applicability of certain retirement laws for their retirement systems.

These local options have generated the greatest interest among the retirement boards and their members. They do not reflect all of the local option provisions found under Chapter 32. Laws related to each option are also listed. 

"Yes" indicates that PERAC has received proof of option acceptance.

"No" does not necessarily mean that an option has not been accepted. If a retirement board has accepted an option but our office has not received proof of such acceptance, the option will be listed as not accepted. 

Related laws are listed below each option for reference. 

Select an Option Below to View Board Acceptance

Increase in Member-Survivor Minimum Allowance

($250 to $500)
G.L. c. 32 § 12(2)(d) / Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011

10 Year Ordinary Disability Retirement Eligibility

G.L. c. 32, § 6(1) and § 22

Option C Pop-Up

§ 288 of Chapter 194 of the Acts of 1998

3 Year Average Compensation for Termination Allowances

G.L. c. 32, § 10(2)(a) / Chapter 473 of the Acts of 1984

Placing EMTs in Group 4

G.L. Ch. 32, § 3(2)(g) / Chapter 467 of the Acts of 2008

Call Firefighter Creditable Service (1)

G.L. Ch. 32, § 4(2)(b)

Call Firefighter Creditable Service (2)

G.L. Ch. 32, § 4(2)(b1/2) / Chapter 171 of the Acts of 1995

Creditable Service During Layoff for Police and Fire

Chapter 235 of the Acts of 1994  links to PDF file

Creditable Service While on Leave Acting as a Union Representative

G.L. Ch. 32, § 28K

Supplemental Allowance for Dependents of Accidental Disability Retirees

G.L. Ch. 32, § 7(2)(a)(iii)

Increasing Benefits for Surviving Children of Accidental Disability Retirees

G.L. Ch. 32, § 9 / Chapter 55 and Chapter 64 of the Acts of 2006

Disability Retirement Benefits for Veterans:

Section 1

G.L. Ch. 32, § 7(2)(e) / Section 1 of Chapter 157 of the Acts of 2005

Section 2

Section 2 of Chapter 157 of the Acts of 2005

Veteran's Buyback

G.L. c. 32, § 4(1)(h) / Chapter 468 of the Acts of 2002

Increase in 101 Benefit:

G.L. Ch. 32, § 101

Acts of 2010 ($9,000)

Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2010

Acts of 2012 ($12,000)

Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012

Non-Contributory Retiree Cost of Living Adjustment

G.L. c. 32, § 102(g) and § 103(h) / Chapter 17 of the Acts of 1997 & Chapter 456 of the Acts of 1998

Retirement Board Member Compensation

G.L. Ch. 32, § 20(6)(a) / § 34 of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2011

Indemnification of Retirement Board Members

G.L. Ch. 32, § 20A

Remote Participation

940 CMR 29.00: Open Meetings

Increase COLA Base

G.L. Ch. 32, § 103(j) / Chapter 188 of the Acts of 2010


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