2014 Legislative Summary
Final 2014 Legislative Tracking Summary
Links to NHRS-related Bills
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This bill requires the retirement system to recover overpayments made due to errors in records or calculation of benefits, and establishes a legislative study committee to review NHRS policies and procedures regarding benefits wrongfully paid and the methods used for the recoupment of such overpayments.
This bill establishes a legislative committee to study alternative public employee retirement plans.
This bill makes changes to the Northeastern Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, including an amendment to RSA 100-A which allows retirees to exceed the 32-hour per week statutory limit on part-time employment “while providing assistance during an emergency.” For purposes of this section, an emergency includes any event declared by the governor or while working under the direction of the director of the Division of Forests and Lands during woodland fire control.
This bill provides for the application of the reduction of a Group I retiree’s annuity to begin at the retiree’s full retirement age under the federal Social Security system. The reduction currently commences upon attainment of age 65 for all Group I retirees.
This bill repeals the optional benefit program available to eligible call, substitute, or volunteer firefighters through the retirement system, and provides for the refund of remaining funds after the completion of payments to the two remaining beneficiaries.
This bill allows the retirement system to make a payment of $15,000 or less to the next of kin of a deceased member when no probate proceedings are pending.
This bill establishes a time frame for filing an application for Vested Deferred Retirement with the retirement system.
This bill suspends a retiree’s pension benefit for exceeding the statutory limitations on part-time employment with a retirement system employer outlined in RSA 100-A:1, XXXIV. The bill also clarifies the membership requirements for officials appointed for fixed terms.
This bill: (1) adds definitions of terms used in RSA 100-A and clarifies existing definitions; (2) revises the procedure for calculating the cost of purchasing credit for certain types of prior service; (3) clarifies the ability to earn service credit while on a salary continuance plan; (4) corrects an
inconsistency in the statute regarding the approval date of the comprehensive annual financial report; (5) adds penalties for employers who fail to remit correct data in a timely manner; and (6) repeals obsolete provisions.
This bill grants Group II status to certain positions in the department of corrections. Persons employed in those positions with service prior to the effective date shall be eligible for split benefits.
This bill grants NHRS electronic access to a limited data set of death, marriage, and divorce information of members and beneficiaries held by the Division of Vital Records Administration for purposes of administering RSA 100-A.
This bill authorizes the state Department of Administrative Services to contract for a credit card affinity program in which fees received are directed to offset the retirement system’s unfunded liability.
This bill increases the Group II Service Retirement benefit formula for members hired on or after January 1, 2012; it also establishes a supplemental defined contribution plan – effective April 1, 2014 – for Group I members hired on or after January 1, 2012, to which employers are required to contribute an amount equal to 4% of the member’s base pay.
This bill addresses the retirement system member classification of the director of the Division of Forests and Lands.