Bill Text: GA HB337 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Introduced
Bill Title: Sheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia; divorced member option to continue coverage; provisions [Track Bill]
Status: 2012-07-01 - Effective Date [HB337 Detail]
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House Bill 337 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
By: Representatives Greene of the 149th, Maxwell of the 17th, and Benton of the 31st
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
To amend Code Section 47-16-101 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to retirement benefit options under the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia, failure of a member to select an option, effect of changes in retirement benefits and options, and change of option after receipt of payments, so as to provide that in the event of divorce a retired member who has elected a spouses' option may elect to continue or revoke such coverage; to provide for an increase in benefit; to provide for remarriage; to provide conditions for an effective date and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:
Code Section 47-16-101 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to retirement benefit options under the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund of Georgia, failure of a member to select an option, effect of changes in retirement benefits and options, and change of option after receipt of payments, is amended by revising subsection (b) as follows:
"(b)(1) Benefits payable to the spouse of a deceased member shall be payable for only so long as such spouse remains the widow or widower of such deceased member and, should such spouse remarry, any benefits payable to such spouse shall cease as of the date of remarriage.
(2) At any time after the entry of a final judgment of divorce, a retired member receiving benefits under either Option Two or Option Three may continue receiving benefits under the option so chosen for the benefit of the former spouse or may revoke the election. In the event the retired member revokes the election, the retired member shall begin receiving the monthly retirement benefit which the retired member would have been entitled to receive under Option One. Benefits paid under Option One to a retired member following such revocation shall not be retroactive. In the event that the retired member remarries after divorce from the former spouse and the member elected to revoke Option Two or Option Three as provided in this paragraph, the retired member may elect to begin receiving reduced monthly retirement benefits of actuarial equivalence under either Option Two or Option Three. Such actuarial equivalence shall be based on the age of the retired member and the age of the retired member's new spouse at the time of such election and shall be computed on the Mortality Table GA5 1, with projection, using interest at 6 percent per annum, with a five-year age setback for females and monthly payment annuity functions."
This Act shall become effective on July 1, 2012, only if it is determined to have been concurrently funded as provided in Chapter 20 of Title 47 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, the "Public Retirement Systems Standards Law"; otherwise, this Act shall not become effective and shall be automatically repealed in its entirety on July 1, 2012, as required by subsection (a) of Code Section 47-20-50.
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.