Maine LD 1677: Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Identify Retirees Whose Retirement Benefit Calculations Were Adversely Affected by Certain Pay Freezes and To Calculate Costs Associated with Authorizing Those Retirees To Include Such Lost Wages in Retirement Benefit Calculations

LD 1677 (subjects: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM , CREDITS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1677&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Richard Pickett of Dixfield: (R – District 116) — e-mail

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/24/2016 House Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Resolve was REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/28/2016 Senate On motion by Senator Hamper of Oxford, REFERRED to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, in concurrence.
4/4/2016 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Resolve was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-632)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/5/2016 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-632) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-632), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/5/2016 House FINALLY PASSED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/6/2016 Senate FINALLY PASSED, in concurrence.
4/15/2016 House This Resolve, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 642V
145 having voted in the affirmative and 0 in the negative, with 6 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/15/2016 Senate LD 1677 In Senate, April 15, 2016, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 33 in Favor and 0 Against, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.

Bill Text

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Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Identify Retirees Whose Retirement Benefit Calculations Were Adversely Affected by Certain Pay Freezes and To Calculate Costs Associated with Authorizing Those Retirees To Include Such Lost Wages in Retirement Benefit Calculations

Preamble. Whereas, the law governing the calculation of member retirement benefits was amended by Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part CCCC, section 1 and chapter 385 to allow members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired on or after July 1, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes; and

Whereas, equity requires that the law be similarly amended to allow members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to such pay freezes; and

Whereas, in order to rectify the situation, it is necessary first to determine the population of retirees who are potentially affected by this inequity, and then to calculate the costs associated with expanding the universe of retirees who are permitted to elect to contribute the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to such pay freezes; now, therefore, be it

Sec.
1.
Identification of members. Resolved: That the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System shall work together to identify retirees who retired prior to July 1, 2015 and whose retirement benefit calculations were adversely affected by merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13; and be it further

Sec.
2.
Calculation of costs. Resolved: That the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System shall work together to calculate the projected costs associated with authorizing members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2015 to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13; and be it further

Sec.
3.
Report. Resolved: That, no later than November 2, 2016, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System shall report their findings pursuant to sections 1 and 2 to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs may report out to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature a bill to authorize members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2015 to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

SUMMARY

This resolve directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to work together to identify retirees who retired prior to July 1, 2015 and whose retirement benefit calculations were adversely affected by merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13, and to calculate the projected costs associated with authorizing members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2015 to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs is authorized to report out a bill to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature to authorize members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired prior to July 1, 2015 to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes in effect in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

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