CSSB 126(FIN): "An Act relating to the retirement incentive program for state employees; and providing for an effective date."

00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 126(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to the retirement incentive program for state employees; and 02 providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. Section 23(a), ch. 4, FSSLA 1996, is amended to read: 05  (a) A state agency may adopt, and file with the commissioner of administration 06 for approval, a proposed discretionary retirement incentive plan for its employees as 07 part of a permanent reduction in the personal services costs in that section of the state 08 agency. In addition, a state agency shall permit eligible employees to apply to the 09 retirement incentive program as provided in (f) of this section during fixed 10 windows, from July 1, 1997, through August 31, 1997, from May 1, 1998, through 11 June 30, 1998, and from May 1, 1999, through June 30, 1999. 12 * Sec. 2. Section 23(b), ch. 4, FSSLA 1996, is amended to read: 13  (b) Upon the request of a state agency, the commissioner of administration 14 shall establish one or more periods during which the employees of that state agency

01 who are eligible under sec. 22(b) of this Act to participate in a retirement incentive 02 plan may apply to the commissioner of administration to participate in the state 03 agency's approved discretionary plan. The periods shall begin no earlier than June 30, 04 1996, and end no later than June 30, 1999. The periods shall be no less than 30 days 05 and no more than 60 days in duration, and may not begin less than 30 days after their 06 establishment. A state agency is not required to request an application period for a 07 discretionary plan and may request more than one application period. 08 * Sec. 3. Section 23(e), ch. 4, FSSLA 1996, is amended to read: 09  (e) The commissioner of administration may not accept the application of an 10 employee to participate in an approved retirement incentive plan adopted under this 11 section unless the employee will be appointed to retirement not later than the first day 12 of the month that is six months after the last day of the application period established 13 by the commissioner under (a) or (b) of this section. A state agency, in a plan 14 adopted under this section, may set an earlier date by which an employee must be 15 appointed to retirement in order to participate in the plan. 16 * Sec. 4. Section 23, ch. 4, FSSLA 1996, is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 17  (f) Beginning on the effective date of this Act, a classified state employee who 18 meets the eligibility requirements of sec. 22(b) of this Act and (c) and (d) of this 19 section and who will be qualified for a normal retirement under AS 14.25.110(a) or 20 AS 39.35.370(a) after application of the retirement incentive under sec. 22(f)(1) of this 21 Act may only apply to participate in the retirement incentive program during the first 22 application period that opens immediately after, or is open when, the classified 23 employee reaches the age or earns the credited service to so qualify. A state agency 24 may not decline to include a classified employee qualified to participate in the 25 retirement incentive program under this subsection in the state's retirement incentive 26 plan. 27 * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).