SECTION 1. There shall be a special commission to study the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund. The commission shall consist of the secretary of transportation or designee; the state treasurer or designee; the executive director of the public employee retirement administration commission or designee; the executive director of the state retirement board or designee; the executive director of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund; 3 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the house minority leader; 3 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the senate minority leader; and 6 members to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a private citizen who shall serve as chair of the commission and shall not be a member of any of the 106 contributory retirement systems or MBTA Retirement Fund, 1 of whom shall have professional experience as an attorney in public employee retirement benefits, 1 of whom shall have professional experience in actuarial science, 1 of whom shall be an expert on public employee pensions from a Massachusetts college or university, 1 of whom shall be selected from a list of 3 candidates submitted by an officer of the collective bargaining representative of the majority of participants of the MBTA Retirement Fund and 1 of whom shall be a participant in the MBTA Retirement Fund. The commission shall convene its first official meeting not later than 60 days after the effective date of this act.
The commission shall make a comprehensive study of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Retirement Fund. The study shall be confined to: whether the MBTA Retirement Fund’s overall cost as a percentage of total compensation and funding ratio are substantially different from those of comparable mass transit systems and other Massachusetts Public Employee retirement plans; whether the MBTA Retirement Fund’s costs of administration, including staff and services for fund and investment management, are comparable to those of other Massachusetts Public Employee retirement funds; and whether the annual rates of return (net of administrative costs) on overall investments of the MBTA Retirement Plan during the most recent five-year period are comparable to the annual rates of return for other Massachusetts public employee retirement funds for the same period of time. The study shall include whether current law permits the MBTA retirement investment fund to be administered by the Public Retirement Investment Management agency and, if not, what changes in law would be required to permit such administration.
The commission shall prepare a report of its findings and recommendations, together with its analyses and any recommendations for legislation, if any, to implement said recommendations by filing the same with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the chairs of the house and senate committee on ways and means, and the senate and house chairs of the joint committee on public service not later than 5 months after the committee’s first meeting.
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