SENATE, No. 3970

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 15, 2023

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† VIN GOPAL

District 11 (Monmouth)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Provides for purchase of PFRS credit for service as class two special law enforcement officer.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the purchase of credit in the Police and Firemenís Retirement System for certain service and amending P.L.1991, c.153.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.† Section 3 of P.L.1991, c.153 (C.43:16A-11.11) is amended to read as follows:

†††† 3. †A member of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System may file a detailed statement of public employment in other states or with the United States Government which would be eligible for credit in a State-administered retirement system if the employment was with a public employer in this State, or of military service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or of public employment as a class two special law enforcement officer with a public employer in this State, rendered prior to becoming a member, for which the member desires credit, and of such other facts as the retirement system may require.† The member may purchase credit for all or a portion of the service evidenced in the statement up to the nearest number of years and months, but not exceeding 10 years, provided however, that a member purchasing that maximum credit may purchase up to five additional years for additional military service qualifying the member as a veteran as defined in section 1 of P.L.1983, c.391 (C.43:16A-11.7).† No application shall be accepted for the purchase of credit for the service if, at the time of application, the member has a vested right to retirement benefits in another retirement system based in whole or in part upon that service.†

†††† The member may purchase credit for the service by paying into the annuity savings fund the amount required by applying the factor, supplied by the actuary as being applicable to the member's age at the time of the purchase, to the member's salary at that time, or to the highest annual compensation for service in this State for which contributions were made during any prior fiscal year of membership, whichever is greater.† The purchase may be made in regular installments equal to at least 1/2 of the full normal contribution to the retirement system, over a maximum period of 10 years.† The employer of a member who applies, pursuant to this section, to purchase credit for public employment with the United States Government or for military service in the Armed Forces of the United States or for public employment as a class two special law enforcement officer with a public employer in this State shall not be liable for any payment to the retirement system on behalf of the member for the purchase of this credit.†

†††† Notwithstanding any provision of this act to the contrary, a member shall not be liable for any costs associated with the financing of pension adjustment benefits and health care benefits for retirees when purchasing credit for public employment in other states or with the United States Government or military service in the Armed Forces of the United States or for public employment as a class two special law enforcement officer with a public employer in this State.†

†††† Any member electing to purchase the service who retires prior to completing payments as agreed with the retirement system will receive pro rata credit for service purchased prior to the date of retirement, but if the member so elects at the time of retirement, the member may make the additional lump sum payment required at that time to provide full credit.†

†††† Purchase of credit for service as a class two special law enforcement officer shall be permitted only if the break between service as such an officer and the date of their appointment to a position covered by the Police and Firemenís Retirement System is less than 120 days.† Members of the retirement system who are enrolled on the effective date of P.L.††† , c.†††† (pending before the Legislature as this bill) shall have only one year from that effective date to apply for such a purchase.

(cf: P.L.1991, c.153, s.3)†

 

†††† 2.† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill permits a member of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) to purchase credit for service as a class two special law enforcement officer with a public employer in this State, rendered prior to becoming a member.† The member may purchase credit for all or a portion of the service, not to exceed 10 years.

†††† The member will be required to pay both the memberís and employerís share of the cost for the purchase.

†††† The process and cost for the purchase will be the same as the current process and cost for purchase of service in federal employment or with the United States military except as otherwise provided.

†††† Purchase of credit for service as a class two special law enforcement officer will be permitted only if the break between service as such an officer and the date of their appointment to a position covered by the PFRS is less than 120 days.† Members of the retirement system who are enrolled on the effective date of this bill will have only one year from that effective date to apply for such a purchase.

†††† A class two special law enforcement officer is required to complete a course approved by the Police Training Commission. They are trained in physical fitness, criminal law, patrol concepts, firearms, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, handcuffing, and arrest, search, and seizure. †They have similar powers to that of full-time police officers but on a restricted basis.