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Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS) > Publications > Newsletters > 2017 Legislative Summary 2017 Legislative Summary

 
 

A number of INPRS-related legislative changes were approved by the 2017 Indiana General Assembly. Below is a brief summary of the legislation. You may e-mail inquiries to questions@inprs.in.gov or call (888) 286-3544 for more information.
 



HB 1537

Members of the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF) and the Teachers’ Retirement Fund (TRF) will receive a 13th check by Oct. 1, 2017. Members must be retired or disabled on or before Dec. 1, 2016 and must be eligible for a monthly benefit on July 1, 2017. The amount of the check will be based on the members’ years of creditable service at retirement.

  • At least five years, but less than 10 years (disability): $150
  • At least 10 years, but less than 20 years: $275
  • At least 20 years, but less than 30 years: $375
  • At least 30 years: $450

A survivor or beneficiary of the member may be eligible for the check. The amount of the check will be distributed in equal shares if the member has two or more survivors or beneficiaries.

An Excise, Gaming and Conservation Plan member will receive a 13th check by Oct. 1, 2017. The member must be retired or disabled on or before Dec. 1, 2016. He or she must be eligible for a monthly benefit on July 1, 2017. A survivor or beneficiary of the member may be eligible for the check. The amount of the check will be based on the member’s years of creditable service at retirement.

  • At least five years, but less than 10 years (disability): $150
  • At least 10 years, but less than 20 years: $275
  • At least 20 years, but less than 30 years: $375
  • At least 30 years: $450

A survivor or beneficiary of the member may be eligible for the check.

Effective July 1, 2017



HB 1555

Provides a town police reserve officer special death benefit to law enforcement officers, who after June 30, 2017, dies in the line of duty. Town police reserve officers work less than 1,000 hours and cannot participate in police pension plans.

Effective July 1, 2017
 



HB 1617

Provides that a 1977 Fund member shall receive, after July 1, 2017, for the remainder of his or her life a disability equal to the monthly salary of a first-class patrolman or fire fighter based on these guidelines:

  • has a permanent and total disability;
  • that is a direct result of a catastrophic physical personal injury (67 percent degree of impairment);
  • that occurs in the line of duty after July 1, 2008; and
  • that permanently prevents the fund member from performing any gainful work.

There will be no retroactive benefit payments. Anyone suffering a 67 percent degree impairment since July 1, 2008, should have their benefit adjusted as of July 1, 2017. Disability increases at a rate equal to the increases in the monthly salary of a first-class patrolman or fire fighter.

Effective July 1, 2017
 



SB 46

Provides for a “Special Death Benefit Fund” to pay death claims to the beneficiaries of public safety officers or other state public employees who die in the line of duty. This includes:

  • State Employees’ Death Benefit Fund
  • Public Safety Officers’ Special Death Benefit Fund
  • Pension Relief Fund

Survivor benefits under PERF or TRF that are not claimed by a survivor within three years of the death of a member must be credited in the manner provided by the Indiana Public Retirement System Board of Trustees.

The minimum pension benefit for a regularly retired TRF member who receives an unreduced pension benefit is $185 per month.

Effective July 1, 2017
 



SB 47

Allows Excise Plan members to make deductions from their monthly retirement benefit to pay insurance premiums, charitable or non-profit contributions, or labor organization dues. Allowable insurance premiums include only those for life, medical, surgical, hospitalization, dental, vision, long-term care, or Medicare supplement coverage offered by the member’s employer, state or the INPRS board. The only employer for the Excise Plan is the State.

Effective July 1, 2017
 



SB 80

Allows a member who retires after Jan. 1, 2015, because of a disability at least 12 months after the member enters the DROP to have their retirement benefit calculated by using the DROP entry date, not the DROP retirement date. Member will receive a disability pension based on the DROP entry date and the funds in the DROP. This applies to the 1925 police pension fund, the 1937 firefighters' pension fund, the 1953 police pension fund, or the 1977 Police Officers' and Firefighters' Pension and Disability Fund (1977 Fund).

Effective July 1, 2017
 



SB 119

Provides a public safety officer special death benefit to an emergency medical services employee, who after June 30, 2017, dies as a direct result of personal injury or illness while performing duties as an air ambulance services provider. To receive this benefit, the air ambulance services employer, maintained by a health care system affiliated with a state educational institution, must purchase coverage at $100 per year through INPRS for their employees.

Effective July 1, 2017
 



SB 265

Provides that the PARF benefit is offset by the actual PERF retirement benefit if a member is receiving a PERF retirement benefit when the member retires from PARF. In other words, if there is an actual PERF retirement, you use the actual PERF retirement as an offset. If there is not an actual PERF retirement, you use the hypothetical PERF retirement as an offset until there is an actual PERF retirement, then member gets choice of which offset.

Effective July 1, 2017