1997 Regular Session
By: Representative Walker
House Bill 102
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-11-127, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE MAY CONTINUE IN STATE OFFICE OR EMPLOYMENT, OR BE REEMPLOYED IN A STATE OFFICE OR POSITION, OR BE ELECTED TO A STATE OFFICE, AND RECEIVE THE RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE IN LIEU OF THE SALARY OR COMPENSATION FOR THE OFFICE OR POSITION; TO PROVIDE THAT ANY SUCH MEMBER MUST FILE AN ANNUAL WAIVER OF THE SALARY OR COMPENSATION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE RETIREMENT ALLOWANCE; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-11-127, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-11-127. No person who is being paid a retirement allowance, or a pension after retirement under this article shall be employed or paid for any service by the State of Mississippi, except as provided in this section. This section shall not apply to any pensioner who has been elected to public office after retirement, nor to any person employed because of special knowledge or experience. This section shall not be construed to mean that any person employed or elected under the above exceptions shall become a member under Article 3 of the retirement system, nor shall any retirant of this retirement system who is reemployed or is reelected to office, after retirement continue to draw retirement benefits while so reemployed, except those persons who choose to receive retirement benefits in lieu of salary or compensation as provided in this section. Any person who has been retired under the provisions of Articles l and 3 and who is later reemployed in service covered by this article except those persons who choose to receive retirement benefits in lieu of salary or compensation as provided in this section, shall cease to receive benefits hereunder and shall again become a contributing member of the retirement system; and upon again retiring, if his reemployment exceeds six (6) months, shall have his benefit recomputed, including service after again becoming a member. Provided, further, that the total retirement allowance paid to the retired member in his previous retirement shall be deducted from his retirement reserve and taken into consideration in recalculating the retirement allowance under a new option selected. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any county or city not a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System from employing persons up to the age of seventy-three (73); and provided further that, through June 30, 1988, nothing contained in this section shall be construed as prohibiting any governmental unit which is a member from employing persons up to the age of seventy-three (73) who are not eligible for membership at the time of employment under Article 3.
The board of trustees of the retirement system shall have the right to prescribe rules and regulations for the carrying out of this provision.
The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit any retirant regardless of age from being employed and from drawing retirement allowance either (a) for a period of time not to exceed one hundred twenty (120) days in any fiscal year, but less than one-half (1/2) of the normal working days for the position in any fiscal year, or (b) for a period of time in any fiscal year sufficient in length to permit a retirant to earn not in excess of twenty-five percent (25%) of retirant's average compensation or the current rate of the salary in effect for the regular position filled. Notice shall be given in writing to the executive director of the system, setting forth the facts upon which the emergency employment is being made, and such notice shall be given within five (5) days from the date of employment and also from the date of termination of the employment. * * *
Any * * * member who is eligible to receive a retirement allowance under this article may continue in state, municipal or county office or employment, or be reemployed in a state, municipal or county position, or be elected to a state, municipal or county office, provided that such person files annually, in writing, in the office of the employer and the office of the executive director of the system prior to such services, a waiver of all salary or compensation and elects to receive in lieu of such salary or compensation a retirement allowance as provided in this section, in which event no salary or compensation shall thereafter be due or payable for such services, and * * * any such officer or employee may receive, in addition to such retirement allowance, any per diem, office expense allowance, mileage or travel expense authorized by any statute of the State of Mississippi.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.