SB 861 - Current law provides that any member of the Police Retirement System or Civilian Employees' Retirement System of the Kansas City police department that retires after August 28, 1991, and who is entitled to a pension under the system shall receive a supplemental retirement benefit of fifty dollars monthly. This act provides that members of either system who retire after August 28, 1991, and on or before August 28, 1996, shall receive the supplemental benefit, as will any member who retired after August 28, 2006, and who either has at least twenty-five years of creditable service, or is retired due to injury or illness occurring in the line of duty or course of employment.
The act eliminates the requirement that determinations of cost-of-living increases to the supplemental benefit shall be based on certain advice from the plan's actuary.
The act provides that the supplemental benefit shall also be available to certain eligible surviving spouses of a member of either system, but that no benefits shall be payable to a surviving spouse of a member who died while in active service after August 28, 2006, unless such death occurred in the line of duty or course of employment or as the result of an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty or course of employment. The surviving spouse of a member who died in such a manner after August 28, 2006, shall be entitled to the supplemental benefit provided for in this act without regard to such member's years of creditable service.