Maine LD 212: An Act Concerning Cost-of-living Adjustments for Certain Retirees

LD 212 (subjects: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM , BENEFITS )

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Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Paul Davis of Piscataquis: (R – District 4) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/3/2015 Senate Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Hamper of Oxford REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/3/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. in concurrence
6/30/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. , in concurrence.
7/21/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
1/14/2016 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act Concerning Cost-of-living Adjustments for Certain Retirees

Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas, cost-of-living adjustments are applied to the applicable portion of an eligible retiree’s benefit amount beginning in September of each year; and

Whereas, this legislation may affect the percentage increase to be applied to the applicable portion of an eligible retiree’s benefit amount beginning in September 2015; and

Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 3 MRSA 858, as amended by PL 2007, c. 491, 31, is further amended to read:

858. Cost-of-living and other adjustments

Retirement allowances under this chapter must be adjusted on the same basis as provided for members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program by Title 5, section sections 17806 and 17806-A.

Sec. 2. 4 MRSA 1358, sub- 1, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. T, 9, is amended to read:

1. Cost-of-living adjustments. Except as provided in subsection 2, paragraph A, retirement allowances under this chapter must be adjusted on the same basis as provided for members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program by Title 5, section sections 17806 and 17806-A.[PL 2011, c. 380, Pt. T, 9 (RPR).]

Sec. 3. 5 MRSA 17806-A is enacted to read:

17806-A. Cost-of-living adjustment to retirement benefits for retirees who are surviving members

Notwithstanding section 17806, cost-of-living adjustments to the retirement benefits being paid to retired state employees and teachers who are surviving members is governed by this section. As used in this section, “surviving member” means a retired member whose spouse received social security benefits and who is deceased.

1. Determination of adjustment. The cost-of-living adjustment is determined as follows.

A. Except as provided in paragraph B, whenever there is a percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from July 1st to June 30th, the board shall automatically make an equal percentage increase in retirement benefits, beginning in September, up to a maximum annual increase of 4%. The increase applies to that portion of the retirement benefit up to $20,000, which amount must be indexed in subsequent years by the same percentage adjustments granted under this paragraph.
B. If there is a percentage decrease in the Consumer Price Index from July 1st to June 30th, the board shall set the percentage change at 0% for that September. The adjustment for the following year must be set based on the actuarially compounded Consumer Price Index for both years in a cost-neutral manner. If the Consumer Price Index in the subsequent year or years is not sufficient to allow for the adjustment to be cost-neutral for the 2 years, then the adjustment needed for cost-neutrality must continue to be applied to following years until such time as the cost-neutrality requirement is met.
C. Whenever the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index from July 1st to June 30th exceeds 4%, the board shall make whatever adjustments in the retirement benefits are necessary to reflect an annual increase of 4% and shall submit a supplemental budget request to the Governor for the additional funds that would be required to make adjustments in the retirement benefits to reflect the actual increase in the Consumer Price Index. The request must include a report stating the cost of the 4% increase, the actual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index and the percentage adjustments granted during the previous 5 years. The board shall make an additional adjustment in the retirement benefits in the month following the appropriation only in that amount.
D. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the amount of annual retirement benefit otherwise payable under this Part may not be less than the retirement benefit the surviving member received on the effective date of that surviving member’s retirement or on July 1, 1977, whichever amount is greater.

2. Cost. The board shall determine the costs of the adjustments under this section and shall include those costs in its budget requests.
3. Eligibility. Cost-of-living adjustments under this section must be applied to the retirement benefits of all surviving members who have been retired for at least 12 months before the date that the adjustment becomes payable, except that a surviving member who has less than 10 years of creditable service on July 1, 1993 may not receive a cost-of-living adjustment until at least 12 months after reaching normal retirement age. Beneficiaries of deceased retirees and surviving members are eligible for the cost-of-living adjustment under section 17806 at the same time the deceased retiree or surviving member would have become eligible.
4. Limitation on changes in eligibility. Effective October 1, 1999:

A. The time requirement of subsection 3 that a surviving member be retired for at least 12 months before a cost-of-living adjustment becomes payable may not be increased for a surviving member who, on October 1, 1999 or thereafter, meets the creditable service requirement for eligibility to receive a service retirement benefit, at the applicable age if so required, under section 17851 or section 17851-A, subsection 2;
B. The time requirement that a surviving member who had fewer than 10 years of creditable service on July 1, 1993 may not receive a cost-of-living adjustment until at least 12 months after reaching normal retirement age may not be increased for a surviving member who, on October 1, 1999 or thereafter, meets the creditable service requirement for eligibility to receive a service retirement benefit, at the applicable age if so required, under section 17851, subsection 1-C, paragraph A; section 17851, subsection 1-C, paragraph B; section 17851, subsection 2-C, paragraph A; section 17851, subsection 2-C, paragraph B; or section 17851-A, subsection 2, paragraph A; and
C. The time requirement that a surviving member who had fewer than 10 years of creditable service on July 1, 1993 may not receive a cost-of-living adjustment until at least 12 months after reaching normal retirement age may not be made applicable to a surviving member who had at least 10 years of creditable service on July 1, 1993.

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

SUMMARY

This bill restores the previous cost-of-living adjustment cap of 4% for benefits received by a retired state employee, teacher, judge and legislator whose spouse received social security benefits and has passed away. Public Law 2011, chapter 380, Part T reduced the retirement benefit cost-of-living adjustment cap from 4% to 3%.

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