SB 172 Modifies provisions regarding supplemental retirement benefits for Kansas City police officers and civilian employees
Sponsor: Ridgeway
LR Number: 0544S.01T Fiscal Note: 0544-01
Committee: Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General Laws
Last Action: 7/13/2007 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2007
House Handler: Flook

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SB 172 - Current law provides that any member of the Police Retirement System of Kansas City that retires after August 28, 1991 and who is entitled to a pension under the system shall receive a supplemental benefit of fifty dollars monthly, and that any member who retired on or before such date shall receive the same supplemental benefit, upon application to the retirement board for providing service as a special consultant. This act provides that any member of the Police Retirement System of Kansas City who retires due to completing at least twenty-five years of service, due to reaching mandatory retirement age, or who retired before August 28, 2001, due to sustaining a permanent disability, shall receive an equalizing supplemental compensation of ten dollars monthly, upon application to the retirement board for providing service as a special consultant. The supplemental compensation may be adjusted by cost-of-living adjustments as determined by the retirement board no more frequently than annually, but the aggregate of the supplemental compensation and any adjustments thereto shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the base pension of the member. This provision extends to certain surviving spouses of members, or to the estate of a surviving spouse if he or she dies while still entitled to payments under this act.

Additionally, a surviving spouse who is entitled to benefits due to the death of a member of the Police Retirement System of Kansas City before August 28, 2007, shall receive the same equalizing supplemental compensation, upon application to the retirement board for providing service as a special consultant. A surviving spouse entitled to benefits due to the death of a member on or after August 28, 2007, shall receive the equalizing supplemental compensation without application. The surviving spouses’ compensation may be adjusted by the retirement board not more frequently than annually, but the aggregate of the supplemental compensation and any adjustments thereto shall not exceed twenty-five percent of the base pension of the surviving spouse.

Current law provides that any member of the Civilian Employees' Retirement System of the Police Department of Kansas City who retires after August 28, 1997, and who is entitled to a pension under the system shall receive a supplemental retirement benefit of fifty dollars monthly. This act extends this benefit to any member of the system who retires after August 28, 2007, with entitlement to a pension under the system, and who either has at least fifteen years of creditable service or retired due to sustaining permanent disability. This provision extends to certain surviving spouses of members, provided that no benefits shall be payable to any surviving spouse unless the death of the member occurred in the line of duty or course of employment, as the result of injury or illness incurred in the line of duty or course of employment, or unless the member had at least fifteen years of service. Surviving spouses of members who died after August 28, 2007, in the line of duty or course of employment shall be entitled to the supplemental retirement benefit regardless of how many years of creditable service the member completed.

Provisions within this act are similar to SB 861 (2006).

ALEXA PEARSON