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Introduced Version Senate Bill 599 History

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SB599 INTR


Senate Bill No. 599

(By Senators Rowe, Sprouse, Mitchell, Bowman, Caldwell, Redd and Hunter)

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[Introduced February 15, 2002; referred to the Committee

on Education; then to the Committee on Pensions; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact section twenty-six-r, article seven-a, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to reducing the retired teachers service time to qualify for a pension increase from twenty years to fifteen years .

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section twenty-six-r, article seven-a, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7A. STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

§18-7A-26r. Minimum benefit for certain retired members; legislative declaration; state interest and public purpose.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that an important state interest exists in providing a minimum retirement annuity for certain retired members who are credited with twenty fifteen or more years of total service; that such program constitutes a public purpose; and that the exclusion of total service for certain employees of institutions of higher education is a reasonable and equitable exclusion for purposes of determining eligibility for such minimum benefits.
If the retirement annuity of a retired member (or if applicable, a spouse thereof) with at least twenty fifteen years of total service is less than five hundred dollars per month (including any supplemental or additional benefits provided by this article), then the monthly retirement annuity for any such retired member shall be increased to five hundred dollars per month: Provided, That any year of service while an employee of an institution of higher education shall not be taken into account for purposes of this section if his or her salary is capped under the retirement system at four thousand eight hundred dollars per year pursuant to section fourteen-a of this article.
The payment of any minimum benefit under this section shall be in lieu of, and not in addition to, the payments of any retirement annuity or supplemental or additional benefits otherwise provided by this article: Provided, That the minimum benefit provided herein shall be subject to any limitations thereon under §415 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended.
Any minimum benefit conferred herein shall not be retroactive to the time of retirement and shall apply only to members who have retired prior to the effective date of this section, or, if applicable, to beneficiaries receiving benefits under the retirement system prior to the effective date.
The minimum benefit provided herein shall be subject to a recommendation by the governor for such minimum benefit through the delivery of an executive message to the Legislature and an appropriation by the Legislature for such minimum benefit, such appropriation to be made over a continuous six-year period following the effective date of this section.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to reduce the teachers retirement service time to qualify for a pension increase from twenty years to fifteen years.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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