1997 Regular Session
By: Representative Perry
House Bill 1069
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-13-12, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT MEMBERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI HIGHWAY SAFETY PATROL RETIREMENT SYSTEM MAY IRREVOCABLY ELECT TO RECEIVE THE CUMULATIVE COST-OF-LIVING PAYMENT IN TWELVE EQUAL INSTALLMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-13-12, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-13-12. (1) Patrol officers who have retired and who on December 1 of each year, or July 1 of each year as provided for in subsection (6) of this section, are receiving a retirement allowance for service or disability retirement, or their beneficiaries, shall receive in one (1) additional payment an amount equal to a cumulative percentage of (a) two and one-half percent (2-1/2%) of the annual retirement allowance for each full fiscal year of retirement through June 30, 1985, (b) for each full fiscal year of retirement after June 30, 1985, and through June 30, 1996, the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index set by the United States Government in each fiscal year, not exceeding two and one-half percent (2-1/2%) for any fiscal year, and (c) for each full fiscal year of retirement after June 30, 1996, the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index set by the United States Government for the calendar year ending during each fiscal year, not exceeding two and one-half percent (2-1/2%) for any fiscal year, times the amount of the annual retirement allowance. The cumulative percentage provided in this subsection for any particular year shall not be less than the cumulative percentage provided for the previous year.
(2) Persons who on December 1 of each year are receiving a retirement allowance for service or disability retirement, or their beneficiaries, may receive, in addition to the amount provided in subsection (1) of this section, a payment, as determined by the board, calculated in increments of one-quarter of one percent (1/4 of 1%), not to exceed one and one-half percent (1-1/2%) of the annual retirement allowance, for each full year of retirement, provided that any such payment shall be contingent upon the reserve for annuities in force for retired members and beneficiaries providing sufficient investment gains in excess of the accrued actuarial liabilities for the previous fiscal year as certified by the actuary and determined by the board.
(3) The percentages in this section shall be based on each full fiscal year that the retired member or beneficiary has actually drawn retirement payments from the date of retirement, or the date of last retirement if there is more than one (1) retirement date.
(4) Each retired member or beneficiary thereof who receives an annual retirement allowance based on the average compensation for a period of five (5) successive or joined years and who receives a retirement allowance for the month of June, 1986, shall receive an ad hoc increase of three percent (3%) in such retirement allowance effective July 1, 1986.
(5) Persons eligible to receive the payments provided in subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall receive such payments in one (1) additional payment, except that such person may elect by an irrevocable agreement on a form prescribed by the board of trustees to receive such payments in not less than equal monthly installments not to exceed six (6) months during the remaining months of the current fiscal year. In the event of death of a person or a beneficiary thereof receiving monthly benefits, any remaining amounts shall be paid in a lump sum to the designated beneficiary.
(6) Retired persons or beneficiaries thereof who on July 1, 1997, or July 1 of any fiscal year thereafter, are receiving a retirement allowance, may elect by an irrevocable agreement in writing filed in the office of the Public Employees' Retirement System no less than thirty (30) days before July 1 of the appropriate year, to begin receiving the payments provided for in subsection (1) of this section in twelve (12) equal installments beginning July 1, 1997, or July 1 of any fiscal year thereafter. This irrevocable agreement shall be binding on the member and subsequent beneficiaries. The cumulative percentage provided in subsection (1) of this section and paid in twelve (12) equal installments for any particular year shall not be less than the cumulative percentage provided for the previous year. However, payment of the installments shall not extend beyond the month in which a retirement allowance is due and payable. Any additional amounts approved by the board under subsection (2) of this section shall be paid in one (1) lump sum payment to retirees and beneficiaries in accordance with subsection (2) of this section.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.