BILL NUMBER: AB 1658	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Lieu

                        JANUARY 19, 2010

   An act to amend Section 31639.7 of the Government Code, relating
to public retirement.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1658, as introduced, Lieu. County employees' retirement:
service credit: safety members.
   The County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 authorizes a member of
that system who becomes a safety member by operation of a specified
law to receive service credit, as a safety member, for duties
performed, prior to the change in law, which, under current law
constitutes service as a safety member. Existing law requires a
member that elects to receive the service credit to pay an amount
equal to the contributions the member would have made for that
service, plus interest.
   This bill would authorize specified members in the County of Los
Angeles that become safety members by operation of a specified
consolidation of departments within that county to receive service
credit, as a safety member, for duties performed as an officer prior
to the consolidation. This bill would require a member that elects to
receive the service credit to pay an amount equal to the
contributions the member would have made for that service by a lump
sum payment or by installment payments.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 31639.7 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   31639.7.   (a)    If a member not previously
within the field of membership as a safety member is brought within
such field of safety membership by amendment to this chapter, he may
receive credit as a safety member for all or any part of the time
during which his duties would have made him eligible to become a
safety member if such amendment had then been in effect by filing
with the board at the time he elects to become a safety member his
election to pay into the retirement fund an amount equal to the
difference between the contributions actually made during the time
for which he claims credit and the contributions he would have made
during such time, including all additional contributions, if any,
required by Article 7.5 of this chapter, had he been a safety member,
together with regular interest on the amount required to be
deposited. 
   (b) If a member not previously within the field of membership as a
Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff is brought into that field of
membership by a consolidation of the Los Angeles County Office of
Public Safety with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, that
member may receive additional credit as a safety member for all or
any part of the time that member served as an officer with the Los
Angeles County Office of Public Safety if that member makes an
election to fund an amount equal to the difference between the
contributions the member actually made during the time for which the
member claims the credit and the contributions that the member would
have made during that same period of time. The member may elect to
fund the contributions by either a lump sum payment or by installment
payments. No other restrictions shall be placed on a member's
election to receive additional credit as authorized by this
subdivision.