THE PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ACT OF 1979 (EXCERPT)
Act 300 of 1980
38.1393 Third-party study.Sec. 93.
(1) The director of the department, senate majority leader, and speaker of the house of representatives shall commission an independent third party at a cost of no more than $150,000.00 to conduct a study and prepare a report analyzing the current retirement system and develop a proposed plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the retirement system. The office of retirement services on behalf of the department shall assist with the study. Input shall be solicited from the retirement system membership constituency organizations.
(2) On or before November 15, 2012, the study required under subsection (1) shall be delivered to the senate majority leader, speaker of the house of representatives, the senate and house of representatives appropriations committees, and the senate and house of representatives fiscal agencies. The study shall include primary and alternative recommendations considered necessary.
(3) The study required under subsection (1) shall review the advantages and disadvantages of implementing benefit design changes and shall include, but is not limited to, a review of the adequacy of the benefits, long-term retention of employees, investment return and other risk, stranded cost implications, and the economic impact of implementing the following:
(a) Defined contribution, hybrid defined contribution, and other defined contribution plan options as opposed to defined benefit plan options.
(b) Plan design, funding methods, benefits provided, and other features originally enacted or amended in other public state school employee plans and private retirement plans covering comparable employees.
(c) Funding or not funding the annual required contribution as used by the governmental accounting standards board or other annual funding requirements to meet any unfunded liabilities of the retirement system.
(d) Amendments to the retirement system features, such as reporting unit and member contributions, vesting, service credit purchases, retirement allowance calculations, cost of living allowances, rate of investment returns, mortality rates and longevity, and other similar features.
(e) A change in the funding method of health benefits provided under section 91 from a cash disbursement method to an individual projected benefit entry age normal cost method of valuation.
(4) The study required under subsection (1) shall review and identify the normal costs and transition costs of closing to all new members and qualified participants the Tier 1 and Tier 2 plans in effect on the effective date of this section and implementing a defined contribution only plan that is identical to the defined contribution plan established pursuant to section 401(k) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 401, and that is available to qualified participants under sections 50 to 69 of the state employees' retirement act, 1943 PA 240, MCL 38.50 to 38.69. The study shall include specific recommendations on transitioning from the Tier 1 and Tier 2 plans to a defined contribution only plan that is identical to the defined contribution plan established pursuant to section 401(k) of the internal revenue code, 26 USC 401, and that is available to qualified participants under sections 50 to 69 of the state employees' retirement act, 1943 PA 240, MCL 38.50 to 38.69.
(5) The study required under subsection (1) shall review the degree to which current operating expenditures are a stable, growing, and equitable base for charging unfunded actuarial accrued liability costs to public local school districts, as compared to alternate measures of district financial activity. The study shall include an analysis of the degree to which current unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities are the result of stranded cost factors. The study shall include options regarding the use of current operating expenditures or an alternate measure as the basis for charging unfunded actuarial accrued liability costs to public local school districts. As used in this subsection, "current operating expenditures" for a public local school district includes functions 1xx, 2xx, 45x, and all object codes except 6xxx, as defined in the "Michigan Public School Accounting Manual Bulletin 1022", and is equal to the total of instructional and support services expenditures, including the total general fund charges incurred in the general, special education, and vocational education funds for the benefit of the current fiscal year, whether paid or unpaid, and all expenditures of the instructional programs plus applicable supporting service costs reduced by capital outlay, debt service, community services, and outgoing transfers and other transactions. Current operating expenditures for a public local school district also include operating funds for any public school or other public educational entity first authorized or established by the public local school district on or after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section.
History: Add. 2012, Act 300, Imd. Eff. Sept. 4, 2012
Compiler's Notes: Enacting section 2 of Act 300 of 2012 provides:"Enacting section 2. (1) If the office of retirement services in the department of technology, management, and budget receives notification from the United States internal revenue service that any section or any portion of a section of this amendatory act will cause the retirement system to be disqualified for tax purposes under the internal revenue code, then the portion that will cause the disqualification does not apply."(2) The provisions of this amendatory act are severable. If any part of this amendatory act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, that declaration shall not affect the remaining part of this amendatory act."
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