Authors: Senator Philip Boots, Senator Karen Tallian
Sponsors: Representative Woody Burton
Co-Sponsors: Representative David Niezgodski
Establishes a procedure by which a political subdivision may participate in the defined contribution only plan (the plan) and choose whether the political subdivision's employees participate in the public employees' retirement fund (PERF), the plan, or may elect whether to participate in PERF or the plan. Provides that an ordinance or resolution adopted by the governing body of a political subdivision that specifies the departmental, occupational, or other definable classification of employees: (1) who are required to become members of the plan; or (2) who may elect whether to become members of PERF or of the plan; may not take effect before January 2, 2016. Permits a political subdivision that allows its employees to make an election to choose a default option for employees who fail to do so. Provides that the default option is PERF, if a political subdivision does not choose a default option. Permits a political subdivision to establish its employer contribution rate to the plan and to elect to match a percentage of its employees' additional contributions to the plan. Requires the board of trustees (board) of the Indiana public retirement system (INPRS) to assess an employer a supplemental contribution to PERF, if necessary, to fund the employer's share of the actuarial accrued liability that is unfunded because the employer's employees are members of the plan rather than PERF. Requires the board to notify the interim study committee for pension management oversight (interim committee) if the board determines contributions and contribution rates for one or more employers participating in PERF or teachers' retirement fund (TRF) that differ from the contributions and contribution rates recommended by the INPRS actuaries. For purposes of the statutes allowing the state to make an election or take discretionary action under the public retirement system laws, specifies which entities may make the election or take the action. Requires the office of management and budget to report to the interim committee each year concerning information received from political subdivisions about the subdivisions' retirement plans other than plans administered by INPRS. Establishes a procedure for a miscellaneous participating entity (entity) or political subdivision to withdraw or freeze participation in PERF. Requires a withdrawing or freezing entity or political subdivision to fully fund PERF benefits attributable to the entity's or political subdivision's employees' PERF service with the entity or political subdivision. Requires an entity or political subdivision that withdraws from or freezes participation in PERF and thereafter offers its employees a retirement benefit to participate in the plan. Requires any other public employer that is eligible but not required to participate in PERF and that wishes to offer a retirement benefit to an employee after June 30, 2015, to participate in either PERF or the plan. Grandfathers participation in another defined contribution plan for entities, political subdivisions, and other public employers participating in another plan on July 1, 2015. Provides that after December 31, 2015, members and beneficiaries of any public pension fund administered by INPRS may receive monthly benefits only by direct deposit or another method approved by the board. Expires a section concerning other methods of paying monthly benefits to members and beneficiaries of PERF and TRF. Permits a retired member of the 1977 police officers' and firefighters' pension and disability fund (1977 fund) who is at least 55 years of age to: (1) be rehired by the same unit that employed the member in a position covered by the 1977 fund for a position not covered by the 1977 fund without a minimum period of separation from employment; and (2) continue to receive the member's retirement benefit from the 1977 fund.