Agenda Item 9
September 26, 201 7
Public Hearing
MEMORAND UM
September 22, 2017
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative AttomeyAQ
SUBJECT:
Public Hearing:
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits -
LOSAP - Employees' Retirement System - Eligibility
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits - LOSAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmembers Navarro and Katz
and Council Vice President Riemer, was introduced on September 12, 2017. A Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for September 28,
at 10:30 a.m.
Bill 29-1 7 would:
• clarify the definition of a domestic partner for receiving County survivor benefits;
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a local fire and rescue
department volunteer to a domestic partner registered with the County on or before
June 27, 2016; and
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a County employee under the
County retirement systems to a domestic partner registered with the County on or
before June 27, 2016.
Background
Bill 16-16, enacted by the Council on June 28, 2016 and signed into law by the Executive
on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing domestic partner benefits for County employees. The
law included a grandfather clause that permitted a County employee receiving domestic partner
benefits on June 27, 2016 to retain those benefits. Although Bill 16-16 repealed the County law
requiring the County to provide the same benefits to a domestic partner that it provides for a
spouse, including widow or widower benefits, the Bill did not remove references to domestic
partner survivor benefits for volunteer firefighters under the Length of Service Awards Program
and County employee survivor benefits under the County retirement laws.
Expedited Bill 29-17 would limit domestic partner survivor benefits to a person who
registered a domestic partnership with the County on or before June 27, 2016, making these
survivor benefits consistent with the general repeal of domestic partner benefits
in
Bill 16-16.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 29-17
Legislative Request Report
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Expedited Bill No.
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Concerning: Domestic Partner Survivor
Benefits - LOSAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility
4_
Revised: July
24, 2017
Draft No. __
Introduced:
September
20, 2017
Expires:
March
12 2019
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: __,__,_No=n-=-=e'---------
Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Navarro and Katz and Council Vice President Riemer
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
clarify the definition of a domestic partner for the purpose of receiving County
survivor benefits;
(2)
limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a local fire and rescue
department volunteer to a domestic partner registered on or before a certain date;
(3)
limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a County employee under the
County retirement systems to a domestic partner registered with the County on or
before a certain date; and
(4)
generally amend the laws governing survivor benefits for a domestic partner.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 21, Fire and Rescue Services
Section 21-21
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Sections 33-6, 33-35, and 33-113
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Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sections 21-21, 33-6, 33-35, and 33-113 are amended as follows:
21-21. Length of service award program for volunteers.
There is a length of service award program for local fire and rescue department
volunteers.
(a)
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[Definition] Definitions.
In this Section, the following words and phrases
have the following meanings:
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[active] Active volunteer
means a local fire and rescue department
volunteer who accumulates at least 50 points in a calendar year under the
point system in subsection (k).
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Domestic partner
means
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person who was registered as
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domestic
partner of an active volunteer with the Fire Chief on or before June 27,
2016 in
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domestic partnership that did not end before the active
volunteer's death.
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(e)
Survivor's benefit.
(1)
A local fire and rescue department volunteer's surviving spouse or
domestic partner qualifies for a survivor's benefit on the volunteer's
death if:
(A)
the surviving spouse or partner submits an application for
the benefit; and
(B)
the volunteer met the:
(i)
years-of-service requirement for a length of service
benefit under subsection (c); or
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21
22
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(ii)
requirements for a disability benefit under subsection
(d).
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(2)
The volunteer's surviving spouse or domestic partner must receive
a monthly award pa)'filent until the spouse's death or remarriage,
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or partner's death [or establishment of another domestic
partnership], equal to 50 percent of the:
(A)
length of service benefit for which the volunteer met the
years-of-service requirement; or
(B)
volunteer's disability benefit.
*
[(I)
*
*
Definition.
In this Section, "domestic partner" or "partner" means a
person whose relationship with the volunteer would meet the
requirements for a domestic partner under Section 33-22 if the volunteer
were a County employee.]
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33-6. Definitions.
In this article, the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
Board:
The merit system protection board as described in section 403 of the
county charter.
County employees:
All persons employed by the county regardless of merit
system status.
Domestic partner.
A person who [meets the requirements of Section 33-22] was
registered as the domestic partner of a County employee with the Office of
Human Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in~ domestic partnership that did
not end before the County employee's death. This definition applies throughout
this Chapter unless otherwise indicated.
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33-35. Definitions.
In this Article, the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
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Domestic partner:
A person who [meets the requirements of Section 33-22] was
registered as the domestic partner of a member with the Office of Human
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Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in~ domestic partnership that did not end
before the member's death.
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33-113. Definitions.
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In this Division the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
[(
a)]
Account balances
means the balance credited to the retirement account of
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a participant under the retirement savings plan as of the valuation date preceding
the date of distribution determined without regard to vesting, including:
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( 1)
any participant contributions (including contributions picked up by
the County);
(2)
(3)
County contributions; and
rollover contributions.
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[(b)]
Board or Board of Investment Trustees
means the Board of Investment
Trustees established under Article
III.
[(c)]
County
means the Montgomery County Government and, when
applicable, any participating agency.
[(d)]
County service
means any period of County employment during which a
participant is:.
(
1)
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in pay status, or
on an approved leave of absence without pay on or after January
(2)
75
76
1,
2002.
Domestic partner
means~ person who was registered as the domestic partner of
fl,
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participant with the Office of Human Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in
domestic partnership that did not end before the participant's death.
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[(e)]
Employee
means any eligible elected or appointed County official and
any full-time or career part-time County employee.
[(f)]
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means any organization that:
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(1)
(2)
admits employees to membership;
has as a primary purpose the representation of employees m
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collective bargaining; and
(3)
is certified as an employee organization under applicable law.
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[(g)]
Former participant
means any individual with an account balance in the
retireme nt savings plan who has ceased to be a participant.
[(h)]
Investment manager
means a person or entity who exercises discretion to
manage all or part of the assets of an institutional investor. The investme nt
manager is a fiduciary as defined in Section 33-35.
[(i)]
Merit System Protection Board
means the Merit System Protectio n Board
established in the Charter.
[G)J
Non-public safety employee
means any employee who is not a public
safety employee.
[(k)]
Normal retirement date
means the first day of the month after the month
in which the participant reaches age 62.
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[(l)]
Participant
means an employee who is participating in the retirement
savings plan.
[(m)]
Participant's contribution account
means the portion of a participa nt's
account balances in the retirement savings plan that is attributable to participant
contributions, including contributions picked up by the County, and any gains
or losses attributable to those contributions.
[(n)]
Plan year
means the 12-month period beginning January I and ending on
Decemb er 31 each year.
[(o)]
Public safety employee
means any employee who is a:
(1)
(2)
sworn officer of the Police Department;
paid firefighter, paid fire officer, or paid rescue service worker of
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the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service;
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(3)
sworn deputy sheriff;
correctional officer; or
County employee who provides services to a correctional facility
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4)
(
5)
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[
(p)]
and designated as a public safety employee by the Chief Administrative
Officer.
Regular earnings
means gross pay for actual hours worked, including
paid leave, but not including overtime, without reduction for participant
contributions that are picked up under Section 33-116(a), or contributions to any
County deferred compensation plan or statutory fringe benefit program.
If
a
participant is required to take any furlough, as defined in personnel regulations
under Section 33-7(b) or a collective bargaining agreement, regular earnings
must include any amount the participant would have received if the participant
had not been required to take any furlough.
[(q)]
Retirement accounts
means the required participant contributions
account, a County contributions account, and any rollover contributions
account.
[(r)]
Rollover contributions
means that portion of a participant's account
balances in the retirement savings plan that is attributable to any assets
transferred or rolled over to the retirement savings plan from another eligible
retirement plan as defined in the Internal Revenue Code Section 402(c). No
after-tax contributions may be transferred or rolled over into the retirement
savings plan.
[(s)]
Valuation date
means the last business day of March, June, September,
and December of each plan year, and any other date the Board establishes in a
uniform and nondiscriminatory manner for determining the fair market value of
the assets of the retirement savings plan.
Effective Date.
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date it becomes law.
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
Date
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 29-17
Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits
-
LOSAP
-
Employees Retirement System
-
Eligibility
DESCRIPTION:
Expedited Bill 29-17 would limit domestic partner survivor benefits to
a person who registered a domestic partnership with the County on or
before June 27, 2016, making these survivor benefits consistent with
the general repeal of domestic partner benefits in Bill 16-16.
Bill 16-16, enacted by the Council on June 28, 2016 and signed into
law by the Executive on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing
domestic partner benefits for County employees. The law included a
grandfather clause that permitted a County employee receiving
domestic partner benefits on June 27, 2016 to retain those benefits.
Although Bill 16-16 generally repealed the County law authorizing
domestic partner benefits, the Bill did not remove references to
domestic partner survivor benefits for volunteer firefighters under the
Length of Service Awards Program and County employee survivor
benefits under the County retirement laws.
To ensure that survivor benefits for domestic partners is consistent
with the law governing other County benefits.
Office of Human Resources
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Not applicable.
PROBLEM:
GOALSAND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
None.
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Agenda Item 9
September 26, 201 7
Public Hearing
MEMORAND UM
September 22, 2017
TO:
FROM:
County Council
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative AttomeyAQ
SUBJECT:
Public Hearing:
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits -
LOSAP - Employees' Retirement System - Eligibility
Expedited Bill 29-17, Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits - LOSAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Councilmembers Navarro and Katz
and Council Vice President Riemer, was introduced on September 12, 2017. A Government
Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for September 28,
at 10:30 a.m.
Bill 29-1 7 would:
• clarify the definition of a domestic partner for receiving County survivor benefits;
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a local fire and rescue
department volunteer to a domestic partner registered with the County on or before
June 27, 2016; and
• limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a County employee under the
County retirement systems to a domestic partner registered with the County on or
before June 27, 2016.
Background
Bill 16-16, enacted by the Council on June 28, 2016 and signed into law by the Executive
on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing domestic partner benefits for County employees. The
law included a grandfather clause that permitted a County employee receiving domestic partner
benefits on June 27, 2016 to retain those benefits. Although Bill 16-16 repealed the County law
requiring the County to provide the same benefits to a domestic partner that it provides for a
spouse, including widow or widower benefits, the Bill did not remove references to domestic
partner survivor benefits for volunteer firefighters under the Length of Service Awards Program
and County employee survivor benefits under the County retirement laws.
Expedited Bill 29-17 would limit domestic partner survivor benefits to a person who
registered a domestic partnership with the County on or before June 27, 2016, making these
survivor benefits consistent with the general repeal of domestic partner benefits
in
Bill 16-16.
This packet contains:
Expedited Bill 29-17
Legislative Request Report
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Expedited Bill No.
=29=---'--17'--------
Concerning: Domestic Partner Survivor
Benefits - LOSAP - Employees'
Retirement System - Eligibility
4_
Revised: July
24, 2017
Draft No. __
Introduced:
September
20, 2017
Expires:
March
12 2019
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: __,__,_No=n-=-=e'---------
Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Navarro and Katz and Council Vice President Riemer
AN EXPEDITED ACT
to:
(1)
clarify the definition of a domestic partner for the purpose of receiving County
survivor benefits;
(2)
limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a local fire and rescue
department volunteer to a domestic partner registered on or before a certain date;
(3)
limit County survivor benefits for a domestic partner of a County employee under the
County retirement systems to a domestic partner registered with the County on or
before a certain date; and
(4)
generally amend the laws governing survivor benefits for a domestic partner.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 21, Fire and Rescue Services
Section 21-21
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources
Sections 33-6, 33-35, and 33-113
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Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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EXPEDITED BILL
No. 29-17
1
Sections 21-21, 33-6, 33-35, and 33-113 are amended as follows:
21-21. Length of service award program for volunteers.
There is a length of service award program for local fire and rescue department
volunteers.
(a)
2
3
4
5
6
[Definition] Definitions.
In this Section, the following words and phrases
have the following meanings:
7
8
9
[active] Active volunteer
means a local fire and rescue department
volunteer who accumulates at least 50 points in a calendar year under the
point system in subsection (k).
10
11
Domestic partner
means
~
person who was registered as
~
domestic
partner of an active volunteer with the Fire Chief on or before June 27,
2016 in
~
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
domestic partnership that did not end before the active
volunteer's death.
*
*
*
(e)
Survivor's benefit.
(1)
A local fire and rescue department volunteer's surviving spouse or
domestic partner qualifies for a survivor's benefit on the volunteer's
death if:
(A)
the surviving spouse or partner submits an application for
the benefit; and
(B)
the volunteer met the:
(i)
years-of-service requirement for a length of service
benefit under subsection (c); or
20
21
22
23
24
(ii)
requirements for a disability benefit under subsection
(d).
25
26
27
(2)
The volunteer's surviving spouse or domestic partner must receive
a monthly award pa)'filent until the spouse's death or remarriage,
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or partner's death [or establishment of another domestic
partnership], equal to 50 percent of the:
(A)
length of service benefit for which the volunteer met the
years-of-service requirement; or
(B)
volunteer's disability benefit.
*
[(I)
*
*
Definition.
In this Section, "domestic partner" or "partner" means a
person whose relationship with the volunteer would meet the
requirements for a domestic partner under Section 33-22 if the volunteer
were a County employee.]
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39
40
41
42
43
44
45
33-6. Definitions.
In this article, the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
Board:
The merit system protection board as described in section 403 of the
county charter.
County employees:
All persons employed by the county regardless of merit
system status.
Domestic partner.
A person who [meets the requirements of Section 33-22] was
registered as the domestic partner of a County employee with the Office of
Human Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in~ domestic partnership that did
not end before the County employee's death. This definition applies throughout
this Chapter unless otherwise indicated.
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33-35. Definitions.
In this Article, the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
51
52
*
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*
53
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Domestic partner:
A person who [meets the requirements of Section 33-22] was
registered as the domestic partner of a member with the Office of Human
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No. 29-17
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Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in~ domestic partnership that did not end
before the member's death.
57
58
59
60
*
33-113. Definitions.
*
*
In this Division the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
[(
a)]
Account balances
means the balance credited to the retirement account of
61
62
a participant under the retirement savings plan as of the valuation date preceding
the date of distribution determined without regard to vesting, including:
63
64
( 1)
any participant contributions (including contributions picked up by
the County);
(2)
(3)
County contributions; and
rollover contributions.
65
66
67
[(b)]
Board or Board of Investment Trustees
means the Board of Investment
Trustees established under Article
III.
[(c)]
County
means the Montgomery County Government and, when
applicable, any participating agency.
[(d)]
County service
means any period of County employment during which a
participant is:.
(
1)
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
in pay status, or
on an approved leave of absence without pay on or after January
(2)
75
76
1,
2002.
Domestic partner
means~ person who was registered as the domestic partner of
fl,
77
78
participant with the Office of Human Resources on or before June 27, 2016 in
domestic partnership that did not end before the participant's death.
~
79
80
81
[(e)]
Employee
means any eligible elected or appointed County official and
any full-time or career part-time County employee.
[(f)]
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means any organization that:
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(1)
(2)
admits employees to membership;
has as a primary purpose the representation of employees m
83
84
collective bargaining; and
(3)
is certified as an employee organization under applicable law.
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
[(g)]
Former participant
means any individual with an account balance in the
retireme nt savings plan who has ceased to be a participant.
[(h)]
Investment manager
means a person or entity who exercises discretion to
manage all or part of the assets of an institutional investor. The investme nt
manager is a fiduciary as defined in Section 33-35.
[(i)]
Merit System Protection Board
means the Merit System Protectio n Board
established in the Charter.
[G)J
Non-public safety employee
means any employee who is not a public
safety employee.
[(k)]
Normal retirement date
means the first day of the month after the month
in which the participant reaches age 62.
96
97
98
99
100
[(l)]
Participant
means an employee who is participating in the retirement
savings plan.
[(m)]
Participant's contribution account
means the portion of a participa nt's
account balances in the retirement savings plan that is attributable to participant
contributions, including contributions picked up by the County, and any gains
or losses attributable to those contributions.
[(n)]
Plan year
means the 12-month period beginning January I and ending on
Decemb er 31 each year.
[(o)]
Public safety employee
means any employee who is a:
(1)
(2)
sworn officer of the Police Department;
paid firefighter, paid fire officer, or paid rescue service worker of
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service;
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sworn deputy sheriff;
correctional officer; or
County employee who provides services to a correctional facility
(
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(
5)
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[
(p)]
and designated as a public safety employee by the Chief Administrative
Officer.
Regular earnings
means gross pay for actual hours worked, including
paid leave, but not including overtime, without reduction for participant
contributions that are picked up under Section 33-116(a), or contributions to any
County deferred compensation plan or statutory fringe benefit program.
If
a
participant is required to take any furlough, as defined in personnel regulations
under Section 33-7(b) or a collective bargaining agreement, regular earnings
must include any amount the participant would have received if the participant
had not been required to take any furlough.
[(q)]
Retirement accounts
means the required participant contributions
account, a County contributions account, and any rollover contributions
account.
[(r)]
Rollover contributions
means that portion of a participant's account
balances in the retirement savings plan that is attributable to any assets
transferred or rolled over to the retirement savings plan from another eligible
retirement plan as defined in the Internal Revenue Code Section 402(c). No
after-tax contributions may be transferred or rolled over into the retirement
savings plan.
[(s)]
Valuation date
means the last business day of March, June, September,
and December of each plan year, and any other date the Board establishes in a
uniform and nondiscriminatory manner for determining the fair market value of
the assets of the retirement savings plan.
Effective Date.
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EXPEDITED BILL
No. 29-17
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The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate
protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date it becomes law.
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
Date
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Expedited Bill 29-17
Domestic Partner Survivor Benefits
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LOSAP
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Employees Retirement System
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Eligibility
DESCRIPTION:
Expedited Bill 29-17 would limit domestic partner survivor benefits to
a person who registered a domestic partnership with the County on or
before June 27, 2016, making these survivor benefits consistent with
the general repeal of domestic partner benefits in Bill 16-16.
Bill 16-16, enacted by the Council on June 28, 2016 and signed into
law by the Executive on July 7, 2016, repealed the law providing
domestic partner benefits for County employees. The law included a
grandfather clause that permitted a County employee receiving
domestic partner benefits on June 27, 2016 to retain those benefits.
Although Bill 16-16 generally repealed the County law authorizing
domestic partner benefits, the Bill did not remove references to
domestic partner survivor benefits for volunteer firefighters under the
Length of Service Awards Program and County employee survivor
benefits under the County retirement laws.
To ensure that survivor benefits for domestic partners is consistent
with the law governing other County benefits.
Office of Human Resources
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Not applicable.
PROBLEM:
GOALSAND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
None.
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