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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


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 allowance 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 be 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. `t+2

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.