SB231 (2017) Detail

Relative to status for part-time retired judges.


SB 231-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0829

06/04

 

SENATE BILL 231-FN

 

AN ACT relative to status for part-time retired judges.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. French, Dist 7; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows a part-time judge of the circuit court to retire under the provisions of RSA 100-A and elect senior active or judicial referee status.

 

This bill is a request of the supreme court.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0829

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to status for part-time retired judges.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Hampshire Retirement System; Definitions; Part-time; Exceptions.  Amend RSA 100-A:1, XXXIV to read as follows:

XXXIV.  "Part-time'' for purposes of employment of a retired member of the New Hampshire retirement system but excepting per diem court security officers and court bailiffs and part-time circuit court judges in senior active or judicial referee status under RSA 493-A, means employment during a calendar year by one or more employers of the retired member which shall not exceed 32 hours in each normal calendar week.  Employment in some instances may exceed 32 hours in any normal calendar week provided that in such case, the part-time employment of the retired member shall not exceed 1,300 hours in a calendar year, so long as such part-time employment does not occur outside of a 5-consecutive-month period in any 12-month period.

2  New Hampshire Retirement System; Restoration to Service; Exception Added.  Amend RSA 100-A:7 to read as follows:

100-A:7  Restoration to Service.  If a disability beneficiary or any other beneficiary is restored to service, the beneficiary's retirement allowance shall cease, the beneficiary shall again become a member of the retirement system and the beneficiary shall contribute at the percentage payable pursuant to RSA 100-A:16, I(a).  Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, any credit for membership service and for any prior service on the basis of which the beneficiary's creditable service was computed at the time of the beneficiary's former retirement shall be restored to full force and effect; upon subsequent retirement, the beneficiary shall receive a retirement allowance based on the beneficiary's combined creditable service and the member's average final compensation.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to part-time circuit court judges retired under this chapter and serving in senior active or judicial referee status under RSA 493-A.

3  New Section; Circuit Court; Retirement of Part-Time Circuit Court Judges.  Amend RSA 490-F by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

490-F:8-a  Retirement of Part-time Circuit Court Judges.  Any part-time circuit court judge retired under RSA 100-A, if under 70 years of age, may elect senior active status or, if 70 years of age or older, may serve as a judicial referee, pursuant to RSA 493-A.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0829

1/31/17

 

SB 231-FN- FISCAL NOTE

as introduced

 

AN ACT relative to status for part-time retired judges.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

The Judicial Branch was originally contacted on January 6, 2017, with followup contacts on January 18, 2017 and January 27, 2017 for a fiscal note worksheet, which the Branch has not provided as of January 31, 2017.

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill allows a part-time judge of the circuit to retire under the provisions of RSA 100-A and elect senior active or judicial referee status.  The New Hampshire Retirement System's contracted actuary conducted a supplemental actuarial valuation to estimate the impact of the bill.  The Judicial Branch currently employs 14 active judges who may potentially be affected by this bill.  If each of these members were to accelerate retirement to twice the assumed retirement rates, the impact on the actuarial accrued liability would be approximately $115,000, which would have a negligible impact on the funded ratios (less than 0.01 percent of the total liability) and the contribution rate (less than 0.01 percent of payroll).  Given the nature of the proposed changes, it is reasonable to expect there would be minimum impact on the number of future part-time retirees and the hours they will work per year.  Therfore, it is reasonable to expect there would be minimal impact on employer contribution rates resulting from this bill.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Retirement System and Judicial Branch

 

 

Links

SB231 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 14, 2017 Senate Hearing
March 16, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB231 Revision: 1303 Date: Feb. 17, 2017, 9:21 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 5
Feb. 14, 2017 Hearing: 02/14/2017, Room 100, SH, 09:20 am; SC 10
March 16, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/16/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 14
March 16, 2017 Sen. Soucy Moved to Remove SB 231-FN from the Consent Calendar; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017 Ought to Pass: RC 9Y-13N, MF; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017 Sen. Soucy Moved Inexpedient to Legislate; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/16/2017; SJ 9