Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Subdivision (1) of section 4 of chapter 32, as appearing in the 1986 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after paragraph (p) the following paragraph:-
(q) Any veteran employed in the service of the commonwealth or of any county, city, town or district, or any housing authority or any redevelopment authority thereof, who is a member in service in a public retirement system, and who is elected to the office of national commander of any congressionally chartered veterans organization, shall, while on leave of absence for the purpose of acting in a full-time capacity in said office, be considered on leave of absence without pay for the period of his term of office as national commander; provided, however, that such leave of absence shall not exceed fifteen months; and, provided further, that the period of time of such leave of absence shall be deemed creditable service for retirement purposes upon said member's depositing into the retirement fund of the system of which he is a member the total amount of the payments said member would have paid into the system had he remained in the service during said leave of absence, in one lump sum, or in installments, upon such terms as the board of retirement may prescribe. The provisions of this paragraph shall be effective for the members of the state employees' retirement system and of the teachers' retirement system and for the members of a county retirement system by vote of the county retirement board, subject to the approval of the county commissioners, of a town retirement system by vote of the town retirement board, subject to the approval of the town meeting, of a city retirement system by vote of the city retirement board subject to the approval of the council, and of a district retirement system by vote of the district retirement board, subject to the approval of the district meeting.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.