HB369 (2018) Detail

Relative to the amortization of retirement system unfunded accrued liability.


HB 369-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0604

10/09

 

HOUSE BILL 369-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the amortization of retirement system unfunded accrued liability.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Rep. Twombly, Hills. 34; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Rep. M. MacKay, Hills. 30; Rep. King, Hills. 33

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill extends the period of amortization for the unfunded accrued liability of the New Hampshire retirement system.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0604

10/09

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to the amortization of retirement system unfunded accrued liability.

 

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

 

1  Retirement System; Financing; Unfunded Accrued Liability.  Amend RSA 100-A:16, II(e) to read as follows:

(e)  Immediately following the actuarial valuation prepared as of June 30 of each fiscal year, the board shall have an actuary determine the amount of the unfunded accrued liability for each member classification, proportionally reduced using sums dedicated as provided in RSA 21-I:95, II, as the amount of the total liabilities of the state annuity accumulation fund on account of such classification which is not dischargeable by the total of the funds in hand to the credit of the state annuity accumulation fund on account of such classification, and the aforesaid normal contributions to be made on account of the members in such classification during the remainder of their active service.  The amount so determined with respect to each member classification shall be known as the "unfunded accrued liability'' with respect to such classification.  On the basis of each such unfunded accrued liability, the board shall have an actuary determine the level annual contribution required to discharge such amount over a period of [30] 40 years or the maximum period allowed by standards adopted by the Government Accounting Standards Board, whichever is less.

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

 

LBAO

17-0604

1/3/17

 

HB 369-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the amortization of retirement system unfunded accrued liability.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] 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

$0

$0

$15.82 million

$16.34 million

Funding Source:

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

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICAL

SUBDIVISIONS*:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$65.15 million

$67.17 million

*The New Hampshire Retirement System states it is not able to separate the fiscal impact of this legislation between county and local government, therefore the fiscal impact is shown together as political subdivisions.

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill extends the period of amortization for the unfunded accrued liability of the New Hampshire Retirement System from 30 to 40 years.  Assuming the original statutory 30 year closed amortization period with 20 years remaining in FY 2020 would change to a 40 year closed amortization period with 30 years remaining in FY 2020, an annual rate of return of 7.25 percent, wage inflation at 3.25 percent a year (3.0% for teachers), the New Hampshire Retirement System’s actuary determined the following increases/(decreases):

 

State Estimated Employer Increase/(Decrease) $Millions

 

FY 2020

FY 2021

Employees

($11.85)

($12.24)

Police

($3.77)

($3.89)

Fire

($0.20)

($0.21)

State Total

($15.82)

($16.34)

Political Subdivisions Estimated Employer Increase/(Decrease) $Millions

 

FY 2020

FY 2021

Employees

($13.95)

($14.40)

Teachers

($34.83)

($35.87)

Police

($10.34)

($10.67)

Fire

($6.03)

($6.23)

Political Subdivisions Total

($65.15)

($67.17)

 

The System states the proposal would be reflected in the next rate setting valuation as of June 30, 2017, which determines employer contribution rates for the 2020-2021 biennium.  Since the rates for the 2020-2021 biennium are unknown at this time, only the net impact of the proposal is shown.  

 

The System states that in the short term there will be savings in employer rates, however extending the amortization period will result in additional employer payments of $4.1 billion over the additional amortization period.  Under the current amortization policy, the total System unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) is expected to increase to a maximum of $5.16 billion by June 30, 2018 before declining to $0 by June 30, 2039 if all assumptions are met.  Under the proposed amortization policy, the total System UAAL would be expected to increase to a maximum of $5.52 billion by June 30, 2028 before declining to $0 by June 30, 2049 if all assumptions are met.  Under the proposal, the projected UAAL as of June 30, 2039 (the date when it is currently expected to reach $0) would be approximately $4.5 billion.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Retirement System

 

 

Links

HB369 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 25, 2017 House Exec Session
Nov. 1, 2017 House Exec Session
Jan. 3, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB369 Revision: 2414 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 8:18 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 3 P. 10
Jan. 24, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/24/2017 10:00 AM LOB 306
Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Session: 01/25/2017 10:30 AM LOB 306
Retained in Committee
Aug. 22, 2017 Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 08/22/2017 10:00 AM LOB 306
Aug. 24, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 08/24/2017 09:00 AM LOB 306
Sept. 14, 2017 Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 09/14/2017 09:00 AM LOB 307
Nov. 1, 2017 Executive Session: 11/01/2017 10:30 AM LOB 306
Jan. 3, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/03/2018 (Vote 17-0; CC)
Jan. 3, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 01/03/2018 HJ 1 P. 34