AN ACT RELATIVE TO CREDITABLE SERVICE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Subsection (1) of section 4 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as
amended by section 4 of chapter 6 of the acts of 2005, is hereby further
amended by inserting after paragraph (h) the following paragraph:-
(h 1/2) Any member in service of the teachers' retirement system or teacher
who is a member of the State-Boston retirement system, and who is or was
employed as a teacher as defined by section 1 in a vocational-technical
school or in a public school's vocational-technical program approved by the
department of education under chapter 74 may receive creditable service for
any period or periods of prior work experience in the occupational field in
which the member became a vocational-technical teacher and which was required
as a condition of the member's employment and licensure under regulations of
the department of education. No credit shall be allowed until the member has
paid into the Annuity Savings Fund of the system before any retirement
becomes effective for the member, in 1 sum, or in installments, upon the
terms and conditions that the board prescribes, makeup payments of an amount
equal to 10 per cent of the regular annual compensation of the member as of
the member's most recent date of entry into membership in the teachers'
retirement system or as a teacher in the State-Boston retirement system, for
each year of service purchased plus buyback interest thereon. No credit shall
allowed and no payment shall be accepted under this paragraph until the member
has completed 10 or more years of membership service. The creditable service
allowable under this paragraph for any member shall not exceed 3 years.
Members in service of a retirement system who make application for this
creditable service shall be notified by the retirement board of their
eligibility for such creditable service, and, if they are eligible, shall also
be notified by the retirement board that they have the following
options: (1) to purchase the service in a lump sum within 180 days of the
notice, or (2) to enter into an installment agreement within 180 days of
the notice to pay for the service.
Senate, September 15, 2005.
This Bill having been returned by His Excellency the Governor with his
objections thereto in writing (see Senate 2185) has been passed by the
Senate, the objections of His Excellency the Governor to the contrary
notwithstanding, two-thirds of
the Senate (38 yeas to 0 nays) having agreed to the same.
Sent to the House of Representatives for its action.
Robert E. Travaglini, President.
William F. Welch, Clerk.
House of Representatives, September 15, 2005.
Passed by the House of Representatives, notwithstanding the objections of
His Excellency the Governor, two-thirds of the members
present (155 yeas to 0 nays) having approved the same.
Salvatore F. DiMasi, Speaker.
Steven T. James, Clerk.