Membership in the retirement system shall consist of all regularly compensated employees and appointive and elective officials of employers, as defined in this chapter, with the following exceptions:
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, persons transferring from employment with a first-class city of over four hundred thousand population that has its own retirement system to employment with the state department of agriculture may elect to remain within the retirement system of such city and the state shall pay the employer contributions for such persons at like rates as prescribed for employers of other members of such system;
Persons serving in such positions who have not opted for membership within the specified thirty days, may do so by paying the amount required underfor the period from the date of their appointment to the date of acceptance into membership;
Persons serving in such positions who have not opted for membership within the specified thirty days, may do so at a later date by paying the amount required underfor the period from the date of their appointment to the date of acceptance into membership;
Reviser's note: *(1)was amended by 2023 c 73 § 6, splitting the "volunteer firefighters' and reserve officers' relief and pension principal fund" into two separate funds, the "volunteer firefighters' relief and pension principal fund" and the "reserve officers' relief and pension principal fund."
**(2) The "state liquor control board" was renamed the "state liquor and cannabis board" by 2015 c 70 § 3.
Effective date- 2010 c 80: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 17, 2010]." [2010 c 80 § 2.]
Effective date-2005 c 131: See note following.
Intent-1999 c 286: "It is the intent of the legislature that retirement benefits represent a valuable element of the total compensation and benefits employees receive for their service. The value of these benefits is contained in the retirement income and cost-of-living adjustments provided to employees who remain in public service until retirement. For the majority of public employees, this requires membership in the public employees' retirement system.
The legislature recognizes, however, that certain occupations display a pattern of interstate mobility which requires retirement benefits which are highly portable. Incumbents in these occupations gain little value from membership in the public employees' retirement system. In order to remove any barrier to employing qualified personnel in positions with high mobility, membership in the retirement system should be optional in those occupations." [ 1999 c 286 § 1.]
Intent-Construction-Application-1997 c 254: See notes following.
Intent-1994 c 298: See note following.
Intent-Severability-Effective date-1994 c 197: See notes following.
Findings-Construction-1990 c 274: See notes following.
Effective date-1988 c 109: See note following.
Legislative findings-Intent-Severability-1986 c 317: See notes following.
Severability-1984 c 184: See note following.
Effective dates-1982 1st ex.s. c 52: See note following.
Severability-1975 c 33: See note following.
Severability-1974 ex.s. c 195: "If any provision of this 1974 amendatory act, or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act, or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 1974 ex.s. c 195 § 14.]
Severability-1973 1st ex.s. c 190: See note following.
Severability-1971 ex.s. c 271: See note following.
Severability-1969 c 128: See note following.
Pension benefits or annuity benefits for certain classifications of school district employees:.