HB449 (2023) Detail

Relative to the calculation of group II retirement benefits in the retirement system.


HB 449-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2023 SESSION

23-0398.1

10/08

 

HOUSE BILL 449-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the calculation of group II retirement benefits in the retirement system.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Goley, Hills. 21; Rep. Proulx, Hills. 15; Rep. Bordes, Belk. 5; Rep. O'Brien, Hills. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill increases the service retirement and disability retirement annuity multiplier for the first 20 years of service of group II retirement system members under the transition provisions adopted in 2011.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

23-0398.0

10/

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT relative to the calculation of group II retirement benefits in the retirement system.

 

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

 

1  Retirement System; Service Retirement; Group II.  Amend RSA 100-A:5, II(b)(2) to read as follows:

(2) For members who are in vested status before January 1, 2012, a state annuity which, together with his or her member annuity, shall be equal to 2- 1/2 percent of his or her average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of his or her creditable service not in excess of 40 years, or for members who commenced service on or after July 1, 2011 [, a state annuity which, together with his or her member annuity, shall be equal to 2 percent of his or her average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of his or her creditable service not in excess of 42.5 years, and group II members] or who have not attained vested status prior to January 1, 2012 shall be as provided in the transition provisions in RSA 100-A:5, II(d) with the maximum number of years of creditable service not in excess of 40.5 years.

2  Retirement System; Service Retirement; Group II; Transition Provision.  RSA 100-A:5, II(d) is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

(d) Active group II members who commenced service prior to July 1, 2011 and who have not attained vested status prior to January 1, 2012, or members who commenced service on or after July 1, 2011 shall be subject to the following transition provisions for years of service required for regular service retirement, the minimum age for regular service retirement, and the multiplier used to calculate the retirement annuity, which shall be applicable on or after January 1, 2012 according to the following:

(1)  Commenced service on or after July 1, 2011:  2.5 percent for first 20 years of service, 2.0 percent for subsequent years.

(2)  Less than 4 years of service on July 1, 2011:  minimum 24 years of service; minimum age 49; 2.5 percent for first 20 years of service, 2.1 percent for subsequent years.

(3)  At least 4 years but less than 6 on July 1, 2011:  minimum 23 years of service; minimum age 48 ; 2.5 percent for first 20 years of service, 2.2 percent for subsequent years.

(4)  At least 6 years but less than 8 years on July 1, 2011:  minimum 22 years of service; minimum age 47; 2.5 percent for first 20 years of service, 2.3 percent for subsequent years.

(5)  At least 8 years but less than 10 years on July 1, 2011:  minimum 21 years of service; minimum age 46; 2.5 percent for first 20 years of service, 2.4 percent for subsequent years

3  Retirement System; Disability Retirement; Group II.  Amend RSA 100-A:6, II(b) to read as follows:

(b)  Upon ordinary disability retirement, the group II member shall receive an ordinary disability retirement allowance which shall consist of: a member annuity which shall be the actuarial equivalent of his or her accumulated contributions at the time of his or her ordinary disability retirement; and a state annuity which, together with his or her member annuity, for members who are in vested status before January 1, 2012, shall be equal to 2 1/2 percent of his or her average final compensation at the time of ordinary disability retirement multiplied by the number of years of his or her creditable service not in excess of 40 at the time of ordinary disability retirement, or for members who commenced service on or after July 1, 2011, [shall be equal to 2 percent of his or her average final compensation at the time of ordinary disability retirement multiplied by the number of years of his or her creditable service not in excess of 42.5 at the time of ordinary disability retirement, and group II members] or who have not attained vested status prior to January 1, 2012 shall be as provided in the transition provisions in RSA 100-A:5, II(d) with the maximum number of years of creditable service not in excess of 40.5 years provided, however, that such allowance shall not be less than 25 percent of the member's final compensation at the time of his or her disability retirement.

4  Supplemental Disability Retirement Allowance; Group II; Transition provisions.  Amend RSA 100-A:6, II(d)(2) to read as follows:

(2)  For members who commenced service on or after July 1, 2011, any group II member who has more than 33 1/3 years of service, a supplemental disability retirement allowance shall be paid.  Such supplement shall be equal to [2 percent] the corresponding multiplier as provided in the transition provisions in RSA 100-A:5, II(d) of his or her average final compensation multiplied by the number of years of his or her creditable service in excess of 33 1/3 but not in excess of 42.5 years.

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

 

LBA

23-0398

Revised 1/25/23

 

HB 449-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the calculation of group II retirement benefits in the retirement system.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$169,000+

$3,560,000

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Various State Agency Funds

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICAL

SUBDIVISIONS:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$13,320,000

*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 increases the service retirement and disability retirement annuity multiplier for the first 20 years of service of group II retirement system members under the transition provisions adopted in 2011.  

 

The New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) assumes this bill will not only apply to the group II retirement system members under the transition provisions adopted in 2011, but also to members who commenced service on or after July 1, 2011.  Currently, members are not subject to the transition rules, which only apply to members who commenced service prior to July 1, 2011, but were not vested prior to January 1, 2012.  The NHRS notes the bill would increase the multiplier in the first 20 years for all current and future Group II members subject to RSA 100-A:5(b)(2), not just the closed pool of active members subject to the transition rules under RAS 100-A:5, II(d).  The fiscal impact assumes an increased multiplier will apply to both cohort of members.

 

 

The NHRS actuary states since contributions rates for FY 2024-2025 have been certified they are not subject to change and there will be no fiscal impact in FY 2024-2025. The NHRS actuary states the FY 2026-2027 contribution rates will be set using the June 30, 2023 valuation.  Since the rates for the 2026-2027 biennium are unknown at this time, only the net impact for FY 2026 is shown.  It should be noted the fiscal impact of this bill will go well beyond FY 2026.

 

State Impact

Increase (Decrease) in Employer Pension Rates as a Percent of Payroll

 

Net Impact of Proposal

Employees

0.00%

Police

3.26%

Fire

2.77%

 

Expected Employer Dollar Increase (Decrease) Due to Proposal

 

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

Employees

-

-

-

-

Police

-

-

-

$3,430,000

Fire

-

-

-

$130,000

TOTAL

$0

$0

$0

$3,560,000

 

Political Subdivision Impact

Increase (Decrease) in Employer Pension Rates as a Percent of Payroll

 

Net Impact of Proposal

Employees

0.00%

Teachers

N/A

Police

3.26%

Fire

2.77%

 

 

Expected Employer Dollar Increase (Decrease) Due to Proposal

 

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

Employees

-

-

-

-

Teachers

-

-

-

-

Police

-

-

-

$8,800,000

Fire

-

-

-

$4,520,000

TOTAL

$0

$0

$0

$13,320,000

 

 

The NHRS actuary indicates once all members in the active population are those hired on or after July 1, 2011, and the liability is amortized it is expected the permanent employer contribution rate increase as a result of the bill will be 1.91% and 1.99% for Police and Fire, respectively

 

The NHRS actuary projects an increase in the actuarial accrued liability by $82.2 million based on the provisions in the bill and will be amortized over a fixed period of no longer than 20-years.

 

The NHRS states the proposed changes in the bill will involve significant administrative costs relating to reprogramming of the pension administration system,  revisions to administrative procedures and staff training which will result in an indeterminable increase in expenditures.  The NHRS also states they are currently in the process of upgrading the pension administration system and the proposed changes would require updates to the current and future systems with $44,000 in reprogramming costs for the current system and $125,000 for the future system starting in FY 2024.  In addition, the NHRS states the changes would delay the implementation of the new system by 4-6 months and any related staffing, professional and consultant expenses are not included in this estimate of programming costs.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Retirement System

 

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 26, 2023 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB449 Revision: 37347 Date: Jan. 25, 2023, 3:57 p.m.

Docket


Jan. 18, 2023: Public Hearing: 01/26/2023 02:00 pm LOB 306-308


Jan. 11, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 01/05/2023 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration