81-2014. Terms, defined.

For purposes of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act:

(1)(a) Actuarial equivalent means the equality in value of the aggregate amounts expected to be received under different forms of payment or to be received at an earlier retirement age than the normal retirement age.

(b) For an officer hired before July 1, 2017, the determinations shall be based on the 1994 Group Annuity Mortality Table reflecting sex-distinct factors blended using seventy-five percent of the male table and twenty-five percent of the female table. An interest rate of eight percent per annum shall be reflected in making the determinations until such percent is amended by the Legislature.

(c) For an officer hired on or after July 1, 2017, or rehired on or after July 1, 2017, after termination of employment and being paid a retirement benefit or taking a refund of contributions, the determinations shall be based on a unisex mortality table and an interest rate specified by the board. Both the mortality table and the interest rate shall be recommended by the actuary and approved by the board following an actuarial experience study, a benefit adequacy study, or a plan valuation. The mortality table, interest rate, and actuarial factors in effect on the officer's retirement date will be used to calculate actuarial equivalency of any retirement benefit. Such interest rate may be, but is not required to be, equal to the assumed rate of return;

(2) Board means the Public Employees Retirement Board;

(3)(a)(i) Compensation means gross wages or salaries payable to the member for personal services performed during the plan year. Compensation does not include insurance premiums converted into cash payments, reimbursement for expenses incurred, fringe benefits, per diems, or bonuses for services not actually rendered, including, but not limited to, early retirement inducements, cash awards, and severance pay, except for retroactive salary payments paid pursuant to court order, arbitration, or litigation and grievance settlements. Compensation includes overtime pay, member retirement contributions, and amounts contributed by the member to plans under sections 125 and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in section 49-801.01 or any other section of the code which defers or excludes such amounts from income.

(ii) For any officer employed on or prior to January 4, 1979, compensation includes compensation for unused sick leave or unused vacation leave converted to cash payments.

(iii) For any officer employed after January 4, 1979, and prior to July 1, 2016, compensation does not include compensation for unused sick leave or unused vacation leave converted to cash payments and includes compensation for unused holiday compensatory time and unused compensatory time converted to cash payments.

(iv) For any officer employed on or after July 1, 2016, compensation does not include compensation for unused sick leave, unused vacation leave, unused holiday compensatory time, unused compensatory time, or any other type of unused leave, compensatory time, or similar benefits, converted to cash payments.

(b) Compensation in excess of the limitations set forth in section 401(a)(17) of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in section 49-801.01 shall be disregarded. For an employee who was a member of the retirement system before the first plan year beginning after December 31, 1995, the limitation on compensation shall not be less than the amount which was allowed to be taken into account under the retirement system as in effect on July 1, 1993;

(4) Creditable service means service granted pursuant to section 81-2034 and all service rendered while a contributing member of the retirement system. Creditable service includes working days, sick days, vacation days, holidays, and any other leave days for which the officer is paid regular wages except as specifically provided in the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act. Creditable service does not include eligibility and vesting credit nor service years for which member contributions are withdrawn and not repaid;

(5) Current benefit means the initial benefit increased by all adjustments made pursuant to the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act;

(6) DROP means the deferred retirement option plan as provided in section 81-2041;

(7) DROP account means an individual DROP participant's defined contribution account under section 414(k) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(8) DROP period means the amount of time the member elects to participate in DROP which shall be for a period not to exceed five years from and after the date of the member's DROP election;

(9) Eligibility and vesting credit means credit for years, or a fraction of a year, of participation in a Nebraska government plan for purposes of determining eligibility for benefits under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act. Such credit shall be used toward the vesting percentage pursuant to subsection (2) of section 81-2031 but shall not be included as years of service in the benefit calculation;

(10) Hire date or date of hire means the first day of compensated service subject to retirement contributions;

(11) Initial benefit means the retirement benefit calculated at the time of retirement;

(12) Officer means law enforcement officer as defined in section 81-1401 and as provided for in sections 81-2001 to 81-2009, but does not include a law enforcement officer who has been granted an appointment conditioned on satisfactory completion of a training program approved by the Nebraska Police Standards Advisory Council;

(13) Plan year means the twelve-month period beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30 of the following year;

(14) Regular interest means interest fixed at a rate equal to the daily treasury yield curve for one-year treasury securities, as published by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, that applies on July 1 of each year, which may be credited monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually as the board may direct;

(15) Retirement application means the form approved and provided by the retirement system for acceptance of a member's request for either regular or disability retirement;

(16) Retirement date means (a) the first day of the month following the date upon which a member's request for retirement is received on a retirement application if the member is eligible for retirement and has terminated employment or (b) the first day of the month following termination of employment if the member is eligible for retirement and has filed an application but has not yet terminated employment;

(17) Retirement system or system means the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System as provided in the act;

(18) Service means employment as a member of the Nebraska State Patrol and shall not be deemed to be interrupted by (a) temporary or seasonal suspension of service that does not terminate the employee's employment, (b) leave of absence authorized by the employer for a period not exceeding twelve months, (c) leave of absence because of disability, or (d) military service, when properly authorized by the board. Service does not include any period of disability for which disability retirement benefits are received under subsection (1) of section 81-2025;

(19) Surviving spouse means (a) the spouse married to the member on the date of the member's death if married for at least one year prior to death or if married on the date of the member's retirement or (b) the spouse or former spouse of the member if survivorship rights are provided under a qualified domestic relations order filed with the board pursuant to the Spousal Pension Rights Act. The spouse or former spouse shall supersede the spouse married to the member on the date of the member's death as provided under a qualified domestic relations order. If the benefits payable to the spouse or former spouse under a qualified domestic relations order are less than the value of benefits entitled to the surviving spouse, the spouse married to the member on the date of the member's death shall be the surviving spouse for the balance of the benefits; and

(20) Termination of employment occurs on the date on which the Nebraska State Patrol determines that the officer's employer-employee relationship with the patrol is dissolved. The Nebraska State Patrol shall notify the board of the date on which such a termination has occurred. Termination of employment does not include ceasing employment with the Nebraska State Patrol if the officer returns to regular employment with the Nebraska State Patrol or another agency of the State of Nebraska and there are less than one hundred twenty days between the date when the employee's employer-employee relationship ceased and the date when the employer-employee relationship commenced with the Nebraska State Patrol or another state agency. Termination of employment does not occur upon an officer's participation in DROP pursuant to section 81-2041. It is the responsibility of the employer that is involved in the termination of employment to notify the board of such change in employment and provide the board with such information as the board deems necessary. If the board determines that termination of employment has not occurred and a retirement benefit has been paid to a member of the retirement system pursuant to section 81-2026, the board shall require the member who has received such benefit to repay the benefit to the retirement system.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 1, p. 687; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 1, p. 2092; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-441; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 13; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 47; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 34; Laws 1995, LB 501, § 7; Laws 1996, LB 700, § 13; Laws 1996, LB 847, § 34; Laws 1996, LB 1076, § 32; Laws 1996, LB 1273, § 27; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 27; Laws 1999, LB 674, § 7; Laws 2000, LB 1192, § 19; Laws 2001, LB 408, § 19; Laws 2002, LB 470, § 7; Laws 2003, LB 451, § 21; Laws 2007, LB324, § 1; Laws 2012, LB916, § 28; Laws 2013, LB263, § 30; Laws 2016, LB467, § 1; Laws 2017, LB415, § 42; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 35.
Operative Date: April 24, 2018

Cross References

81-2014.01. Act, how cited.

Sections 81-2014 to 81-2041 shall be known and may be cited as the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 847, § 33; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 28; Laws 1998, LB 532, § 9; Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 64; Laws 2001, LB 408, § 20; Laws 2002, LB 407, § 48; Laws 2007, LB324, § 2; Laws 2011, LB509, § 40; Laws 2016, LB467, § 2.
81-2015. Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System; creation.

A retirement system is hereby created and established to be known as the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System. It is the legislative intent and purpose of sections 81-2014 to 81-2036 to provide certain retirement and other benefits for officers of the Nebraska State Patrol in the amounts and under the terms and conditions set forth in such sections. It is further the legislative intent and purpose of such sections that when and if the Social Security Act, or any amendment thereto, or any similar or related federal act shall be enacted or amended so as to permit the inclusion of such officers of the Nebraska State Patrol, the State of Nebraska may at its election through appropriate legislative action adjust the benefits provided in such sections and the contributions called for so that the fund provided for by such sections or any amendments thereto may become merged with or integrated with the federal social security system.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 2, p. 687; Laws 1967, c. 391, § 2, p. 1215; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 2, p. 2093; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-442; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 48; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 35.
81-2016. Retirement system; membership; requirements; new employee; participation in another governmental plan; how treated; separate employment; effect.

(1) Every member of the Nebraska State Patrol who was employed by the State of Nebraska as such, on September 7, 1947, and every person employed as a member of such patrol thereafter, shall be a member of the system, except for those members of the Nebraska State Patrol who elected pursuant to section 60-1304 to remain members of the State Employees Retirement System of the State of Nebraska. On and after July 1, 2010, no employee shall be authorized to participate in the retirement system provided for in the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act unless the employee (a) is a United States citizen or (b) is a qualified alien under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., as such act existed on January 1, 2009, and is lawfully present in the United States.

(2) Within the first one hundred eighty days of employment, a member may apply to the board for eligibility and vesting credit for years of participation in another Nebraska governmental plan, as defined by section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. During the years of participation in the other Nebraska governmental plan, the employee must have been a full-time employee, as defined in the Nebraska governmental plan in which the credit was earned.

(3) Any officer who qualifies for membership pursuant to subsection (1) of this section may not be disqualified from membership in the retirement system solely because such officer also maintains separate employment which qualifies the officer for membership in another public retirement system, nor may membership in this retirement system disqualify such an officer from membership in another public retirement system solely by reason of separate employment which qualifies such officer for membership in this retirement system.

(4) Information necessary to determine membership shall be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol.

(5) The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations governing the assessment and granting of eligibility and vesting credit.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 3, p. 687; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-443; Laws 1995, LB 501, § 8; Laws 1996, LB 1076, § 33; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 29; Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 65; Laws 2000, LB 1192, § 20; Laws 2002, LB 407, § 49; Laws 2002, LB 470, § 8; Laws 2010, LB950, § 19; Laws 2013, LB263, § 31.
81-2017. Retirement system; contributions; payment; funding of system.

(1) Commencing July 1, 2010, and until July 1, 2011, each officer while in the service of the Nebraska State Patrol shall pay or have paid on his or her behalf a sum equal to sixteen percent of his or her monthly compensation. Commencing July 1, 2011, and until July 1, 2013, each officer while in the service of the Nebraska State Patrol shall pay or have paid on his or her behalf a sum equal to nineteen percent of his or her monthly compensation. Commencing July 1, 2013, each officer who commenced service prior to July 1, 2016, while in the service of the Nebraska State Patrol shall pay or have paid on his or her behalf a sum equal to sixteen percent of his or her monthly compensation. Each officer who commenced service on or after July 1, 2016, while in the service of the Nebraska State Patrol shall pay or have paid on his or her behalf a sum equal to seventeen percent of his or her monthly compensation. Such amounts shall be deducted monthly by the Director of Administrative Services who shall draw a warrant monthly in the amount of the total deductions from the compensation of members of the Nebraska State Patrol in accordance with subsection (4) of this section, and the State Treasurer shall credit the amount of such warrant to the State Patrol Retirement Fund. The director shall cause a detailed report of all monthly deductions to be made each month to the board.

(2) In addition, commencing July 1, 2010, and until July 1, 2011, there shall be assessed against the appropriation of the Nebraska State Patrol a sum equal to the amount of sixteen percent of each officer's monthly compensation which shall be credited to the State Patrol Retirement Fund. Commencing July 1, 2011, and until July 1, 2013, there shall be assessed against the appropriation of the Nebraska State Patrol a sum equal to the amount of nineteen percent of each officer's monthly compensation which shall be credited to the State Patrol Retirement Fund. Commencing July 1, 2013, for each officer who commenced service prior to July 1, 2016, there shall be assessed against the appropriation of the Nebraska State Patrol a sum equal to the amount of sixteen percent of each officer's monthly compensation which shall be credited to the State Patrol Retirement Fund. Commencing July 1, 2016, for each officer who commenced service on or after July 1, 2016, there shall be assessed against the appropriation of the Nebraska State Patrol a sum equal to the amount of seventeen percent of each officer's monthly compensation which shall be credited to the State Patrol Retirement Fund. This assessment constitutes an employer match and shall be contingent upon the officer making his or her contributions to the retirement system.

(3) For the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2002, and each fiscal year thereafter, the actuary for the board shall perform an actuarial valuation of the system using the entry age actuarial cost method. Under this method, the actuarially required funding rate is equal to the normal cost rate, plus the contribution rate necessary to amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liability on a level percentage of salary basis. The normal cost under this method shall be determined for each individual member on a level percentage of salary basis. The normal cost amount is then summed for all members. Beginning July 1, 2006, any existing unfunded liabilities shall be reinitialized and amortized over a thirty-year period, and during each subsequent actuarial valuation, changes in the funded actuarial accrued liability due to changes in benefits, actuarial assumptions, the asset valuation method, or actuarial gains or losses shall be measured and amortized over a thirty-year period beginning on the valuation date of such change. If the unfunded actuarial accrued liability under the entry age actuarial cost method is zero or less than zero on an actuarial valuation date, then all prior unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities shall be considered fully funded and the unfunded actuarial accrued liability shall be reinitialized and amortized over a thirty-year period as of the actuarial valuation date. If the actuarially required contribution rate exceeds the rate of all contributions required pursuant to the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act, there shall be a supplemental appropriation sufficient to pay for the differences between the actuarially required contribution rate and the rate of all contributions required pursuant to the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act. Such valuation shall be on the basis of actuarial assumptions recommended by the actuary, approved by the board, and kept on file with the board.

(4) The state shall pick up the member contributions required by this section for all compensation paid on or after January 1, 1985, and the contributions so picked up shall be treated as employer contributions pursuant to section 414(h)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code in determining federal tax treatment under the code and shall not be included as gross income of the member until such time as they are distributed or made available. The contributions, although designated as member contributions, shall be paid by the state in lieu of member contributions. The state shall pay these member contributions from the same source of funds which is used in paying earnings to the member. The state shall pick up these contributions by a compensation deduction through a reduction in the cash compensation of the member. Member contributions picked up shall be treated for all purposes of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act in the same manner and to the extent as member contributions made prior to the date picked up.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 4, p. 688; Laws 1959, c. 286, § 6, p. 1085; Laws 1965, c. 387, § 1, p. 1243; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 10; Laws 1975, LB 235, § 1; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-444; Laws 1981, LB 462, § 5; Laws 1984, LB 218, § 4; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 14; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 49; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 36; Laws 1994, LB 1287, § 1; Laws 1995, LB 369, § 6; Laws 1995, LB 574, § 81; Laws 2001, LB 408, § 21; Laws 2002, LB 407, § 50; Laws 2004, LB 514, § 1; Laws 2005, LB 503, § 12; Laws 2006, LB 1019, § 12; Laws 2007, LB324, § 4; Laws 2009, LB188, § 7; Laws 2011, LB382, § 7; Laws 2013, LB263, § 32; Laws 2013, LB553, § 17; Laws 2016, LB467, § 3.
81-2018. State Patrol Retirement Fund; State Patrol Retirement Act Expense Fund; created; use.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, all money received by the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the State Patrol Retirement Fund which is hereby created. Out of the fund shall be paid the benefits and annuities as provided in the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act.

(2) The State Patrol Retirement Act Expense Fund is created. The fund shall be credited with money from the retirement system assets and income sufficient to pay the pro rata share of administrative expenses incurred as directed by the board for the proper administration of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act and necessary in connection with the administration and operation of the retirement system.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 5, p. 688; Laws 1959, c. 286, § 7, p. 1086; Laws 1967, c. 391, § 3, p. 1216; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 4, p. 2094; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-445; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 50; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 37; Laws 2001, LB 408, § 22; Laws 2005, LB 364, § 16.
81-2019. Retirement system; administration; Public Employees Retirement Board; duties; rules and regulations.

The general administration of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System, except the investment of funds, is hereby vested in the board. The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act. The board shall employ a director and such assistants and employees as may be necessary to efficiently discharge the duties imposed by the act.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 6, p. 688; Laws 1967, c. 391, § 4, p. 1216; Laws 1967, c. 486, § 39, p. 1529; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 11; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-446; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 51; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 38; Laws 1995, LB 369, § 7; Laws 1996, LB 847, § 35; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 36.
Operative Date: July 19, 2018
81-2019.01. Board; power to adjust contributions and benefits; overpayment of benefits; investigatory powers; subpoenas.

(1)(a) If the board determines that the retirement system has previously received contributions or distributed benefits which for any reason are not in accordance with the statutory provisions of sections 81-2014 to 81-2036, the board shall refund contributions, require additional contributions, adjust benefits, or require repayment of benefits paid. In the event of an overpayment of a benefit, the board may, in addition to other remedies, offset future benefit payments by the amount of the prior overpayment, together with regular interest thereon. In the event of an underpayment of a benefit, the board shall immediately make payment equal to the deficit amount plus regular interest.

(b) The board shall have the power, through the director of the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems or the director's designee, to make a thorough investigation of any overpayment of a benefit, when in the judgment of the retirement system such investigation is necessary, including, but not limited to, circumstances in which benefit payments are made after the death of a member or beneficiary and the retirement system is not made aware of such member's or beneficiary's death. In connection with any such investigation, the board, through the director or the director's designee, shall have the power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, records, and documents, whether in hardcopy, electronic form, or otherwise, and issue subpoenas for such purposes. Such subpoenas shall be served in the same manner and have the same effect as subpoenas from district courts.

(2) The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations implementing this section, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (a) The procedures for refunding contributions, adjusting future contributions or benefit payments, and requiring additional contributions or repayment of benefits; (b) the process for a member, member's beneficiary, employee, or employer to dispute an adjustment of contributions or benefits; and (c) notice provided to all affected persons. All notices shall be sent prior to an adjustment and shall describe the process for disputing an adjustment of contributions or benefits.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1076, § 35; Laws 2015, LB40, § 12; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 37.
Operative Date: July 19, 2018
81-2020. State Treasurer; duties; warrants.

The State Treasurer shall be the custodian of the funds and securities of the retirement system and may deposit the funds and securities in any financial institution approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. The State Treasurer shall transmit monthly to the board a detailed statement showing all credits to and disbursements from the State Patrol Retirement Fund. The State Treasurer shall disburse money from such fund only on warrants issued by the Director of Administrative Services upon vouchers signed by a person authorized by the retirement board.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 7, p. 689; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 12; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-447; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 52; Laws 1997, LB 623, § 34.
81-2021. Retirement system; director; records; employer education program.

(1) The director in charge of the system shall keep a record of all acts and proceedings taken by the board. He or she shall keep a complete record of all members with respect to name, current address, age, contributions, length of service, compensation, and any other facts as may be necessary in the administration of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act. The board shall prescribe the form in which such information shall be reported by the Nebraska State Patrol to the board. The information in the records shall be provided by the Nebraska State Patrol in an accurate and verifiable form, as specified by the director. The director shall, from time to time, carry out testing procedures pursuant to section 84-1512 to verify the accuracy of such information. For the purpose of obtaining such facts and information, the director shall have access to the records of the various state departments and agencies and the holder of the records shall comply with a request by the director for access by providing such facts and information to the director in a timely manner. A certified copy of a birth certificate or delayed birth certificate shall be prima facie evidence of the age of the person named in the certificate.

(2) The director shall develop and implement an employer education program using principles generally accepted by public employee retirement systems so that all employers have the knowledge and information necessary to prepare and file reports as the board requires.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 8, p. 689; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 13; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-448; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 53; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 39; Laws 2000, LB 1192, § 21; Laws 2005, LB 503, § 13.
81-2022. Retirement system; funds; investment; charges; report.

Any funds of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System available for investment shall be invested by the Nebraska Investment Council pursuant to the Nebraska Capital Expansion Act and the Nebraska State Funds Investment Act. Payment for investment services by the council shall be charged directly against the gross investment returns of the funds. Charges so incurred shall not be a part of the board's annual budget request. The amounts of payment for such services, as of December 31 of each year, shall be reported not later than March 31 of the following year to the council, the board, and the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee of the Legislature. The report submitted to the committee shall be submitted electronically.

The state investment officer shall sell any securities upon request from the director so as to provide money for the payment of benefits or annuities.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 9, p. 689; Laws 1967, c. 486, § 40, p. 1530; Laws 1969, c. 584, § 59, p. 2382; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-449; Laws 1986, LB 311, § 24; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 54; Laws 1994, LB 1066, § 128; Laws 2012, LB782, § 211.

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81-2023. Auditor of Public Accounts; annual audit; report to Clerk of the Legislature.

It shall be the duty of the Auditor of Public Accounts to make an annual audit of the retirement system and submit electronically an annual report to the Clerk of the Legislature of its condition. Each member of the Legislature shall receive an electronic copy of such report by making a request for it to the Auditor of Public Accounts.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 10, p. 689; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 14; Laws 1979, LB 322, § 24; R.S.Supp.,1980, § 60-450; Laws 2012, LB782, § 212.
81-2024. Retirement system; powers.

The system may sue or be sued in the name of the system, and in all actions brought by or against it, the system shall be represented by the Attorney General.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 11, p. 690; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-451; Laws 1996, LB 847, § 36.
81-2025. Retirement; conditions; deferment of payment; board; duties.

(1) Every officer who has been in the employ of the state as such and who becomes disabled and physically unfit to perform the duties of an officer shall be entitled to retire and receive an annuity as provided by law.

(2) Every officer who has been in the employ of the state as such for ten years or more, as calculated in section 81-2033, and has attained the age of fifty years or more shall be entitled to retire and receive an annuity as provided by law. The right to retire at the age of fifty years shall be at the option of the officer but such retirement shall be mandatory upon the officer attaining the age of sixty years.

(3) Any officer who has attained the age of sixty years upon his or her separation from state service but who has not been in the employ of the state for ten years as such shall be entitled to the annuity as provided for in the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act.

(4) Every officer who has been in the employ of the state as such for twenty-five years or more, as calculated in section 81-2033, and has attained the age of fifty years shall be entitled to retire and receive an annuity as provided by law. The right to retire at the age of fifty years with twenty-five years or more of creditable service shall be at the option of the officer but such retirement shall be mandatory upon the officer attaining the age of sixty years.

(5) Every officer who has been in the employ of the state as such for thirty years or more, as calculated in section 81-2033, shall be entitled to retire and receive an annuity as provided by law. The right to retire with thirty years or more of creditable service shall be at the option of the officer but such retirement shall be mandatory upon the officer attaining the age of sixty years.

(6) Payment of any benefit provided under the act may not be deferred later than April 1 of the year following the year in which the officer has both attained at least age seventy and one-half years and terminated his or her employment with the Nebraska State Patrol.

(7) The effective date of retirement payments shall be the first day of the month following (a) the date a member qualifies for retirement as provided in this section or (b) the date upon which a member's request for retirement is received on an application form provided by the system, whichever is later. An application may be filed no more than one hundred twenty days in advance of qualifying for retirement.

(8) The board shall make reasonable efforts to locate the officer or the officer's beneficiary and distribute benefits by the required beginning date as specified by section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations issued thereunder. If the board is unable to make such a distribution, the account shall be distributed pursuant to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act and no amounts may be applied to increase the benefits any officer would otherwise receive under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 12(1), p. 690; Laws 1953, c. 333, § 1, p. 1093; Laws 1969, c. 510, § 3, p. 2090; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 7, p. 2095; Laws 1975, LB 235, § 2; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-452; Laws 1986, LB 311, § 25; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 15; Laws 1990, LB 953, § 1; Laws 1993, LB 724, § 15; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 40; Laws 1994, LB 1306, § 5; Laws 1997, LB 623, § 35; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 30; Laws 2003, LB 451, § 22; Laws 2017, LB415, § 43.

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81-2026. Retirement; annuity; officers; surviving spouse; children; benefit; disability or death in line of duty; benefit; maximum benefit; direct transfer to retirement plan; death while performing qualified military service; additional death benefit.

(1)(a) Any officer qualified for an annuity as provided in section 81-2025 for reasons other than disability shall be entitled to receive a monthly annuity for the remainder of the officer's life. The annuity payments shall continue until the end of the calendar month in which the officer dies. The amount of the annuity shall be a percentage of the officer's final average monthly compensation. For retirement on or after the fifty-fifth birthday of the member or on or after the fiftieth birthday of a member who has been in the employ of the state for twenty-five years, as calculated in section 81-2033, the percentage shall be three percent multiplied by the number of years of creditable service, as calculated in section 81-2033, except that the percentage shall never be greater than seventy-five percent.

(b) For retirement pursuant to subsection (2) of section 81-2025 on or after the fiftieth birthday of the member but prior to the fifty-fifth birthday of the member who has been in the employ of the state for less than twenty-five years, as calculated in section 81-2033, the annuity which would apply if the member were age fifty-five at the date of retirement shall be reduced by five-ninths of one percent for each month by which the early retirement date precedes age fifty-five or for each month by which the early retirement date precedes the date upon which the member has served for twenty-five years, whichever is earlier. Any officer who has completed thirty years of creditable service with the Nebraska State Patrol shall have retirement benefits computed as if the officer had reached age fifty-five.

(c) For purposes of this computation:

(i) For an officer who became a member prior to July 1, 2016, final average monthly compensation means the sum of the officer's total compensation during the three twelve-month periods of service as an officer in which compensation was the greatest divided by thirty-six and:

(A) For any officer employed on or before January 4, 1979, the officer's total compensation includes payments received for unused vacation and sick leave accumulated during the final three years of service; or

(B) For any officer employed after January 4, 1979, and prior to July 1, 2016, the officer's total compensation includes payments received for unused holiday compensatory time and unused compensatory time; and

(ii) For an officer who became a member on or after July 1, 2016, final average monthly compensation means the sum of the officer's total compensation during the five twelve-month periods of service as an officer in which compensation was the greatest divided by sixty and does not include payments received for unused sick leave, unused vacation leave, unused holiday compensatory time, unused compensatory time, or any other type of unused leave, compensatory time, or similar benefits, converted to cash payments. The five twelve-month periods used for calculating an officer's final average monthly compensation ends with the month during which the officer's final compensation is paid. In the determination of compensation, that part of an officer's compensation for the plan year which exceeds the officer's compensation for the preceding plan year by more than eight percent during the capping period shall be excluded. Such officer's compensation for the first plan year of the capping period shall be compared to the officer's compensation received for the plan year immediately preceding the capping period. For purposes of this subdivision, capping period means the five plan years preceding the officer's retirement date. The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this section, including rules and regulations related to prorating, annualizing, or recalculating an officer's final average monthly compensation for each plan year in the capping period.

(2) Any officer qualified for an annuity as provided in section 81-2025 for reasons of disability shall be entitled to receive a monthly annuity for the remainder of the period of disablement as provided in sections 81-2028 to 81-2030. The amount of the annuity shall be fifty percent of the officer's monthly compensation at the date of disablement if the officer has completed seventeen or fewer years of creditable service. If the officer has completed more than seventeen years of creditable service, the amount of the annuity shall be three percent of the final monthly compensation at the date of disablement multiplied by the total years of creditable service but not to exceed seventy-five percent of the final average monthly compensation as defined in subsection (1) of this section. The date of disablement shall be the date on which the benefits as provided in section 81-2028 have been exhausted.

(3) Upon the death of an officer after retirement for reasons other than disability, benefits shall be provided as a percentage of the amount of the officer's annuity, calculated as follows:

(a) If there is a surviving spouse but no dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age, the surviving spouse shall receive a benefit equal to seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(b) If there is a surviving spouse and the surviving spouse has in his or her care a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age and there is no other dependent child or children of the officer not in the care of the surviving spouse under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be equal to one hundred percent of the officer's annuity. When there is no remaining dependent child of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(c) If there is a surviving spouse and the surviving spouse has in his or her care a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age or there is another dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age not in the care of the surviving spouse, the benefit shall be twenty-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse and seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the dependent children of the officer under nineteen years of age to be divided equally among such dependent children but in no case shall the benefit received by a surviving spouse and dependent children residing with such spouse be less than fifty percent of the amount of the officer's annuity. At such time as any dependent child of the officer attains nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be divided equally among the remaining dependent children of the officer who have not yet attained nineteen years of age. When there is no remaining dependent child of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(d) If there is no surviving spouse and a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be equal to seventy-five percent of the officer's annuity to the dependent children of the officer under nineteen years of age to be divided equally among such dependent children. At such time as any dependent child of the officer attains nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be divided equally among the remaining dependent children of the officer who have not yet attained nineteen years of age; and

(e) If there is no surviving spouse or no dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age, the amount of benefit such officer has received under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act shall be computed. If such amount is less than the contributions to the State Patrol Retirement Fund made by such officer, plus regular interest, the difference shall be paid to the officer's designated beneficiary or estate.

(4) Upon the death of an officer after retirement for reasons of disability, benefits shall be provided as if the officer had retired for reasons other than disability.

(5) Upon the death of an officer before retirement, benefits shall be provided as if the officer had retired for reasons of disability on the date of such officer's death, calculated as follows:

(a) If there is a surviving spouse but no dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age, the surviving spouse shall receive a benefit equal to seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(b) If there is a surviving spouse and the surviving spouse has in his or her care a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age and there is no other dependent child or children of the officer not in the care of the surviving spouse under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be equal to one hundred percent of the officer's annuity. When there is no remaining dependent child of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(c) If there is a surviving spouse and the surviving spouse has in his or her care a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age or there is another dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age not in the care of the surviving spouse, the benefit shall be twenty-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse and seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the dependent children of the officer under nineteen years of age to be divided equally among such dependent children but in no case shall the benefit received by a surviving spouse and dependent children residing with such spouse be less than fifty percent of the amount of the officer's annuity. At such time as any dependent child of the officer attains nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be divided equally among the remaining dependent children of the officer who have not yet attained nineteen years of age. When there is no remaining dependent child of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be seventy-five percent of the amount of the officer's annuity to the surviving spouse for the remainder of the surviving spouse's life;

(d) If there is no surviving spouse and a dependent child or children of the officer under nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be equal to seventy-five percent of the officer's annuity to the dependent children of the officer under nineteen years of age to be divided equally among such dependent children. At such time as any dependent child of the officer attains nineteen years of age, the benefit shall be divided equally among the remaining dependent children of the officer who have not yet attained nineteen years of age; and

(e) If no benefits are paid to a surviving spouse or dependent child or children of the officer, benefits will be paid as described in subsection (1) of section 81-2031.

(6) A lump-sum death benefit paid to the member's beneficiary, other than the member's estate, that is an eligible distribution may be distributed in the form of a direct transfer to a retirement plan eligible to receive such transfer under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

(7) For any member whose death occurs on or after January 1, 2007, while performing qualified military service as defined in section 414(u) of the Internal Revenue Code, the member's beneficiary shall be entitled to any additional death benefit that would have been provided, other than the accrual of any benefit relating to the period of qualified military service. The additional death benefit shall be determined as if the member had returned to employment with the Nebraska State Patrol and such employment had terminated on the date of the member's death.

(8) Any changes made to this section by Laws 2004, LB 1097, shall apply only to retirements, disabilities, and deaths occurring on or after July 16, 2004.

Source:Laws 1953, c. 333, § 2, p. 1093; Laws 1957, c. 276, § 1, p. 1004; Laws 1959, c. 296, § 1, p. 1104; Laws 1961, c. 307, § 6, p. 973; Laws 1965, c. 386, § 2, p. 1241; Laws 1969, c. 510, § 4, p. 2090; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 8, p. 2095; Laws 1974, LB 1004, § 1; Laws 1975, LB 235, § 3; Laws 1976, LB 644, § 1; Laws 1977, LB 347, § 1; Laws 1979, LB 80, § 107; R.S.Supp.,1980, § 60-452.01; Laws 1981, LB 462, § 6; Laws 1986, LB 311, § 26; Laws 1987, LB 493, § 1; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 16; Laws 1990, LB 953, § 2; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 55; Laws 1993, LB 724, § 16; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 41; Laws 1994, LB 1306, § 6; Laws 1996, LB 847, § 37; Laws 1996, LB 1273, § 28; Laws 1997, LB 623, § 36; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 31; Laws 2004, LB 1097, § 30; Laws 2006, LB 1019, § 13; Laws 2011, LB509, § 42; Laws 2012, LB916, § 29; Laws 2016, LB467, § 4; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 38.
Operative Date: July 19, 2018

Annotations

81-2027. Retirement benefit; adjusted by increase in cost of living.

Each retired officer of the Nebraska State Patrol, or surviving beneficiary who is receiving a retirement benefit as of December 31, 1977, shall have such retirement benefits adjusted by the increase in the cost of living, as determined by the difference between the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers from the date his or her retirement benefit commenced and January 1, 1978.

Source:Laws 1977, LB 347, § 2; Laws 1979, LB 80, § 108; R.S.Supp.,1980, § 60-452.02.
81-2027.01. Repealed. Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 85.
81-2027.02. Repealed. Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 85.
81-2027.03. Repealed. Laws 2011, LB 509, § 55.
81-2027.04. Repealed. Laws 1999, LB 674, § 12.
81-2027.05. Repealed. Laws 2011, LB 509, § 55.
81-2027.06. Repealed. Laws 2011, LB 509, § 55.
81-2027.07. Repealed. Laws 2011, LB 509, § 55.
81-2027.08. Officer who became member prior to July 1, 2016; annual benefit adjustment; cost-of-living adjustment calculation method.

(1) Beginning July 1, 2011, and each July 1 thereafter, the board shall determine the number of retired members or beneficiaries described in subdivision (4)(b) of this section in the retirement system and an annual benefit adjustment shall be made by the board for each retired member or beneficiary under one of the cost-of-living adjustment calculation methods found in subsection (2), (3), or (4) of this section. Each retired member or beneficiary, if eligible, shall receive an annual benefit adjustment under the cost-of-living adjustment calculation method that provides the retired member or beneficiary the greatest annual benefit adjustment increase. No retired member or beneficiary shall receive an annual benefit adjustment under more than one of the cost-of-living adjustment calculation methods provided in this section.

(2) The current benefit paid to a retired member or beneficiary under this subsection shall be adjusted so that the purchasing power of the benefit being paid is not less than sixty percent of the purchasing power of the initial benefit. The purchasing power of the initial benefit in any year following the year in which the initial benefit commenced shall be calculated by dividing the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers factor on June 30 of the current year by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers factor on June 30 of the year in which the benefit commenced. The result shall be multiplied by the product that results when the amount of the initial benefit is multiplied by sixty percent. In any year in which applying the adjustment provided in subsection (3) of this section results in a benefit which would be less than sixty percent of the purchasing power of the initial benefit as calculated in this subsection, the adjustment shall instead be equal to the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers factor from the prior year to the current year.

(3) The current benefit paid to a retired member or beneficiary under this subsection shall be increased annually by the lesser of (a) the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the period between June 30 of the prior year to June 30 of the present year or (b) two and one-half percent.

(4)(a) The current benefit paid to a retired member or beneficiary under this subsection shall be calculated by multiplying the retired member's or beneficiary's total monthly benefit by the lesser of (i) the cumulative change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers from the last adjustment of the total monthly benefit of each retired member or beneficiary through June 30 of the year for which the annual benefit adjustment is being calculated or (ii) an amount equal to three percent per annum compounded for the period from the last adjustment of the total monthly benefit of each retired member or beneficiary through June 30 of the year for which the annual benefit adjustment is being calculated.

(b) In order for a retired member or beneficiary to receive the cost-of-living adjustment calculation method in this subsection, the retired member or beneficiary shall be (i) a retired member or beneficiary who has been receiving a retirement benefit for at least five years if the member had at least twenty-five years of creditable service, (ii) a member who has been receiving a disability retirement benefit for at least five years pursuant to section 81-2025, or (iii) a beneficiary who has been receiving a death benefit pursuant to section 81-2026 for at least five years, if the member's or beneficiary's monthly accrual rate is less than or equal to the minimum accrual rate as determined by this subsection.

(c) The monthly accrual rate under this subsection is the retired member's or beneficiary's total monthly benefit divided by the number of years of creditable service earned by the retired or deceased member.

(d) The total monthly benefit under this subsection is the total benefit received by a retired member or beneficiary pursuant to the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act and previous adjustments made pursuant to this section or any other provision of the act that grants a benefit or cost-of-living increase, but the total monthly benefit shall not include sums received by an eligible retired member or eligible beneficiary from federal sources.

(e) Beginning July 1, 2010, the minimum accrual rate under this subsection was forty dollars and sixteen cents. Beginning July 1, 2011, the minimum accrual rate under this subsection was forty-one dollars and seventy-nine cents. Beginning July 1, 2012, the minimum accrual rate under this subsection was forty-two dollars and forty-five cents. Beginning July 1, 2013, the board shall annually adjust the minimum accrual rate to reflect the cumulative percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers from the last adjustment of the minimum accrual rate.

(5) Beginning July 1, 2011, and each July 1 thereafter, each retired member or beneficiary shall receive the sum of the annual benefit adjustment and such retiree's total monthly benefit less withholding, which sum shall be the retired member's or beneficiary's adjusted total monthly benefit. Each retired member or beneficiary shall receive the adjusted total monthly benefit until the expiration of the annuity option selected by the member or until the retired member or beneficiary again qualifies for the annual benefit adjustment, whichever occurs first.

(6) The annual benefit adjustment pursuant to this section shall not cause a current benefit to be reduced, and a retired member or beneficiary shall never receive less than the adjusted total monthly benefit until the annuity option selected by the member expires.

(7) The board shall adjust the annual benefit adjustment provided in this section so that the cost-of-living adjustment provided to the retired member or beneficiary at the time of the annual benefit adjustment does not exceed the change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the period between June 30 of the prior year to June 30 of the present year. If the consumer price index used in this section is discontinued or replaced, a substitute index published by the United States Department of Labor shall be selected by the board which shall be a reasonable representative measurement of the cost-of-living for retired employees.

(8) This section applies to an officer who became a member prior to July 1, 2016.

Source:Laws 2011, LB509, § 41; Laws 2013, LB263, § 33; Laws 2016, LB467, § 5.
81-2027.09. Officer who became member on or after July 1, 2016; annual benefit adjustment.

On July 1 of each year, for officers who became members on or after July 1, 2016:

(1) The board shall determine the number of retired members or beneficiaries of members in the retirement system who became members on or after July 1, 2016, and an annual benefit adjustment shall be made by the board for each such retired member or beneficiary. The benefit paid to a retired member or beneficiary under this section shall be increased annually by the lesser of (a) the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the period between June 30 of the prior year to June 30 of the present year or (b) one percent. If the consumer price index used in this section is discontinued or replaced, a substitute index published by the United States Department of Labor shall be selected by the board which shall be a reasonable representative measurement of the cost-of-living for retired employees;

(2) Each retired member or beneficiary shall receive the sum of the annual benefit adjustment and such retired member's or beneficiary's total monthly benefit less withholding, which sum shall be the retired member's or beneficiary's adjusted total monthly benefit. Each such retired member or beneficiary shall receive the adjusted total monthly benefit until the expiration of the annuity option selected by the member or until the retired member or beneficiary again qualifies for the annual benefit adjustment, whichever occurs first; and

(3) The annual benefit adjustment pursuant to this section shall not cause a current benefit to be reduced, and a retired member or beneficiary shall never receive less than the adjusted total monthly benefit until the annuity option selected by the member expires.

Source:Laws 2016, LB467, § 6.
81-2027.10. Officer who became member on or after July 1, 2016; lump-sum cost-of-living payment.

(1) Beginning July 1, 2016, for officers who became members on or after July 1, 2016, if the annual valuation made by the actuary, as approved by the board, indicates that the retirement system is fully funded and has sufficient actuarial surplus to provide for a supplemental, lump-sum cost-of-living payment, the board may, in its discretion, elect to pay up to a maximum one and one-half percent supplemental, lump-sum cost-of-living payment to each retired member or beneficiary based on the retired member's or beneficiary's total monthly benefit through June 30 of the year for which the supplemental, lump-sum cost-of-living payment is being calculated. The supplemental, lump-sum cost-of-living payment shall be paid within sixty days after the board's decision. In no event shall the board declare a supplemental, lump-sum cost-of-living payment if such adjustment would cause the plan to be less than fully funded.

(2) For purposes of this section, fully funded means the unfunded actuarial accrued liability, based on the lesser of the actuarial value and the market value, under the entry age actuarial cost method, is less than zero on the most recent actuarial valuation date.

(3) Any decision or determination by the board to declare or not declare a cost-of-living payment or as to whether the annual valuation indicates a sufficient actuarial surplus to provide for a cost-of-living payment shall be made in the sole, absolute, and final discretion of the board and shall not be subject to challenge by any member or beneficiary. In no event shall the Legislature be constrained or limited in amending the system notwithstanding the effect of any such change upon the actuarial surplus of the system and the ability of the board to declare future cost-of-living payments.

Source:Laws 2016, LB467, § 7.
81-2028. Retirement; disability; exceptions.

No officer shall receive any disability benefit payments when there remains to his or her credit unused annual leave or sick leave or under any other circumstances if during the period of disability there has been no impairment of his or her compensation.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 13(2), p. 691; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-455; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 56.
81-2029. Retirement; disability; proof.

No disability benefit payments shall be made except upon adequate proof furnished to the system of the existence of such disability, and during the time when any such benefits are being paid, the system shall have the right, at reasonable times, to require the disabled officer to submit proof of the continuance of the disability claimed. Disability is defined to be the complete inability of the officer, for reasons of accident or sickness, to perform the duties of an officer.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 13(3), p. 691; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 9, p. 2097; Laws 1974, LB 1004, § 2; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-456; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 57.
81-2030. Retirement; disability; medical examinations; expense.

The board shall have the right to demand a physical examination of the member by a disinterested physician legally authorized to practice medicine under the laws of the state in which he or she practices, chosen by the system and at the expense of the system.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 13(4), p. 691; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-457; Laws 1997, LB 623, § 39.
81-2031. Termination of employment; return of contributions, when; rejoining system; deferred annuity.

(1) Upon termination of employment prior to becoming eligible to retire, as provided in section 81-2025, and for reasons other than death or disability, an officer shall be entitled to receive all payments which have been made by compensation deductions into the State Patrol Retirement Fund plus regular interest. The return of such contributions and interest to such officer shall preclude such officer from any benefits under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act unless and until such officer is reemployed in such capacity and repays such withdrawals pursuant to section 81-2031.06. If the officer chooses not to repay such withdrawals with interest, the officer shall enter the system as a new member with no prior rights.

(2) In lieu of the benefit described in subsection (1) of this section, the officer may elect to receive a deferred annuity to commence as early as age fifty. If this election is made, the contributions made to the system by the officer may not be withdrawn from the system. The deferred annuity shall be computed as a percentage of the retirement annuity, as computed in subsection (1) of section 81-2026. The percentage shall be:

(a) Zero percent for the first five years of (i) creditable service plus (ii) eligibility and vesting credit;

(b) Twenty percent for each completed year for the next five years of (i) creditable service plus (ii) eligibility and vesting credit; and

(c) One hundred percent after ten completed years of (i) creditable service plus (ii) eligibility and vesting credit.

In the event of the death of any officer during the deferred period, the accumulated value of the officer's contributions at the date of termination plus regular interest to the date of his or her death shall be paid to such officer's beneficiary.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 14, p. 692; Laws 1959, c. 297, § 1, p. 1106; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 10, p. 2097; Laws 1974, LB 905, § 6; Laws 1974, LB 1004, § 3; Laws 1975, LB 55, § 1; Laws 1975, LB 235, § 4; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-458; Laws 1986, LB 311, § 27; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 17; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 58; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 44; Laws 1994, LB 1306, § 7; Laws 1996, LB 1076, § 34; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 32; Laws 1999, LB 703, § 19; Laws 2001, LB 408, § 23.

Annotations

81-2031.01. Retirement system; reemployment; election to repay system; amount; status; exception.

From January 1, 1991, to June 30, 1991, any person who withdrew his or her accumulated contributions pursuant to subsection (1) of section 81-2031 prior to January 1, 1991, and has again become an employee of the Nebraska State Patrol may elect to repay the retirement system for any number of years of service which he or she accumulated prior to withdrawing his or her accumulated contributions. The amount to be repaid shall not exceed the amount of the withdrawal for the years of service for which the repayment is being made plus the interest which would have accrued on that amount under the retirement system. Any person who repays such amount shall be restored to the same status for the years of service for which repayment is made as he or she had prior to the withdrawal of the accumulated contributions. This section shall not apply to employees of the Nebraska State Patrol retiring prior to January 1, 1991.

Source:Laws 1990, LB 1105, § 1.
81-2031.02. Retirement system; current employee; participation in another governmental plan; how treated.

For one year after September 9, 1995, any member employed on or before September 9, 1995, may apply to the board for eligibility and vesting credit for years of participation in another Nebraska governmental plan, as defined by section 414(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Such credit shall be used toward the vesting percentage pursuant to subsection (2) of section 81-2031 but shall not be included as years of service in the benefit calculation.

Source:Laws 1995, LB 501, § 9.
81-2031.03. Direct rollover; terms, defined; distributee; powers; board; powers.

(1) For purposes of this section and section 81-2031.04:

(a) Direct rollover means a payment by the retirement system to the eligible retirement plan or plans specified by the distributee;

(b) Distributee means the member, the member's surviving spouse, or the member's former spouse who is an alternate payee under a qualified domestic relations order as defined in section 414(p) of the Internal Revenue Code;

(c) Eligible retirement plan means (i) an individual retirement account described in section 408(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, (ii) an individual retirement annuity described in section 408(b) of the code, except for an endowment contract, (iii) a qualified plan described in section 401(a) of the code, (iv) an annuity plan described in section 403(a) or 403(b) of the code, (v) except for purposes of section 81-2031.04, an individual retirement plan described in section 408A of the code, and (vi) a plan described in section 457(b) of the code and maintained by a governmental employer. For eligible rollover distributions to a surviving spouse, an eligible retirement plan means subdivisions (1)(c)(i) through (vi) of this section; and

(d) Eligible rollover distribution means any distribution to a distributee of all or any portion of the balance to the credit of the distributee in the plan, except such term shall not include any distribution which is one of a series of substantially equal periodic payments, not less frequently than annually, made for the life of the distributee or joint lives of the distributee and the distributee's beneficiary or for the specified period of ten years or more and shall not include any distribution to the extent such distribution is required under section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(2) For distributions made to a distributee on or after January 1, 1993, a distributee may elect to have any portion of an eligible rollover distribution paid directly to an eligible retirement plan specified by the distributee.

(3) A member's surviving spouse or former spouse who is an alternate payee under a qualified domestic relations order and, on or after July 1, 2010, any designated beneficiary of a member who is not a surviving spouse or former spouse who is entitled to receive an eligible rollover distribution from the retirement system may, in accordance with such rules, regulations, and limitations as may be established by the board, elect to have such distribution made in the form of a direct transfer to a retirement plan eligible to receive such transfer under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code.

(4) An eligible rollover distribution on behalf of a designated beneficiary of a member who is not a surviving spouse or former spouse of the member may be transferred to an individual retirement account or annuity described in section 408(a) or section 408(b) of the Internal Revenue Code that is established for the purpose of receiving the distribution on behalf of the designated beneficiary and that will be treated as an inherited individual retirement account or individual retirement annuity described in section 408(d)(3)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(5) The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations for direct rollover procedures which are consistent with section 401(a)(31) of the Internal Revenue Code and which include, but are not limited to, the form and time of direct rollover distributions.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 847, § 39; Laws 2002, LB 407, § 51; Laws 2012, LB916, § 30; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 39.
Operative Date: July 19, 2018
81-2031.04. Retirement system; accept payments and rollovers; limitations; board; powers.

(1) The retirement system may accept cash rollover contributions from a member who is making payment pursuant to section 81-2031 if the contributions do not exceed the amount of payment required for the service credits purchased by the member pursuant to such section and the contributions represent (a) all or any portion of the balance of the member's interest in a qualified plan under section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code or (b) the interest of the member from an individual retirement account or an individual retirement annuity, the entire amount of which is attributable to a qualified total distribution, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code, from a qualified plan under section 401(a) of the code and qualified as a tax-free rollover amount. The member's interest under subdivision (a) or (b) of this subsection must be transferred to the retirement system within sixty days from the date of the distribution from the qualified plan, individual retirement account, or individual retirement annuity.

(2) Cash transferred to the retirement system as a rollover contribution shall be deposited as other payments for service credits.

(3) Under the same conditions as provided in subsection (1) of this section, the retirement system may accept eligible rollover distributions from (a) an annuity contract described in section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, (b) a plan described in section 457(b) of the code which is maintained by a state, a political subdivision of a state, or any agency or instrumentality of a state or political subdivision of a state, or (c) the portion of a distribution from an individual retirement account or annuity described in section 408(a) or 408(b) of the code that is eligible to be rolled over and would otherwise be includable in gross income. Amounts accepted pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited as all other payments under this section.

(4) The retirement system may accept direct rollover distributions made from a qualified plan pursuant to section 401(a)(31) of the Internal Revenue Code. The direct rollover distribution shall be deposited as all other payments under this section.

(5) The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations defining procedures for acceptance of rollovers which are consistent with sections 401(a)(31) and 402 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 847, § 40; Laws 2002, LB 407, § 52; Laws 2018, LB1005, § 40.
Operative Date: July 19, 2018
81-2031.05. Retired officer; reemployment; how treated.

A retired officer of the Nebraska State Patrol who becomes a member of the Nebraska State Patrol shall continue receiving retirement benefits and shall be treated for all purposes of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act as a new member of the system.

Source:Laws 1997, LB 624, § 33.
81-2031.06. Termination of employment prior to eligibility to retire; rejoining system; effect.

An officer who terminates employment prior to becoming eligible to retire and again serves as an officer in the Nebraska State Patrol may elect to repay part or all of the amount he or she had withdrawn as a refund pursuant to section 81-2031 plus the interest that would have accrued on such amount. Payment shall commence prior to termination of employment, shall not be extended more than five years after the date the officer elects to repay his or her refund, and shall be completed prior to termination of employment. Prior service and rights shall be restored in proportion to the amounts repaid, and the prior service and rights of the officer shall be fully restored only if he or she repays all accumulated withdrawals plus interest which would have accrued on that amount.

Source:Laws 2001, LB 408, § 24.
81-2031.07. Retirement system; accept transfers; limitations; how treated.

The retirement system may accept as payment for withdrawn amounts made pursuant to the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act a direct trustee-to-trustee transfer from (1) an eligible tax-sheltered annuity plan as described in section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code or (2) an eligible deferred compensation plan as described in section 457(b) of the code on behalf of a member who is making payments for such amounts. The amount transferred shall not exceed the amount withdrawn and such transferred amount shall qualify as a purchase of permissive service credit by the member as defined in section 415 of the code.

Source:Laws 2002, LB 407, § 53.
81-2032. Retirement system; funds; exemption from legal process; exception.

All annuities or benefits which any person shall be entitled to receive under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act shall not be subject to garnishment, attachment, levy, the operation of bankruptcy or insolvency laws, or any other process of law whatsoever and shall not be assignable except to the extent that such annuities or benefits are subject to a qualified domestic relations order under the Spousal Pension Rights Act.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 15, p. 692; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 11, p. 2098; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-459; Laws 1986, LB 311, § 28; Laws 1989, LB 506, § 18; Laws 1994, LB 833, § 45; Laws 1995, LB 574, § 84; Laws 1996, LB 1273, § 29; Laws 2012, LB916, § 31; Laws 2015, LB40, § 13.

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81-2033. Retirement; total service credit.

In computing length of creditable service under the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act, such service shall include the years of service with the Nebraska State Patrol, permanent force, as established by the law creating the Nebraska State Patrol computed to the nearest one-twelfth year and shall only include such years during which the person was a contributing member of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement System. Length of creditable service shall also include credit for time served in the armed forces pursuant to section 81-2034. For subsection (2) of section 81-2031 only, service shall also include credit for vesting pursuant to sections 60-1304, 81-2016, and 81-2031.02.

Source:Laws 1947, c. 211, § 16, p. 692; Laws 1969, c. 511, § 12, p. 2098; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-460; Laws 1993, LB 724, § 17; Laws 1995, LB 501, § 10; Laws 1997, LB 624, § 34; Laws 2002, LB 470, § 9.
81-2034. Retirement; method of crediting for military service; effect.

(1)(a) Any officer of the Nebraska State Patrol who is reemployed pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 4301 et seq., shall be treated as not having incurred a break in service by reason of the officer's period of military service. Such military service shall be credited for purposes of determining the nonforfeitability of the officer's accrued benefits and the accrual of benefits under the plan.

(b) The state shall be liable for funding any obligation of the plan to provide benefits based upon such period of military service. To satisfy the liability, the Nebraska State Patrol shall pay to the retirement system an amount equal to:

(i) The sum of the officer and employer contributions that would have been paid during such period of military service; and

(ii) Any actuarial costs necessary to fund the obligation of the plan to provide benefits based upon such period of military service. For the purposes of determining the amount of such liability and obligation of the plan, earnings and forfeitures, gains and losses, regular interest, or interest credits that would have accrued on the officer and employer contributions that are paid by the Nebraska State Patrol pursuant to this section shall not be included.

(c) The amount required in subdivision (b) of this subsection shall be paid to the retirement system as soon as reasonably practicable following the date of reemployment, but must be paid within eighteen months of the date the board notifies the Nebraska State Patrol of the amount due. If the Nebraska State Patrol fails to pay the required amount within such eighteen-month period, then the Nebraska State Patrol is also responsible for any actuarial costs and interest on actuarial costs that accrue from eighteen months after the date the Nebraska State Patrol is notified by the board until the date the amount is paid.

(d) The board may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out this subsection, including, but not limited to, rules and regulations on:

(i) How and when the officer and Nebraska State Patrol must notify the retirement system of a period of military service;

(ii) The acceptable methods of payment;

(iii) Determining the service and compensation upon which the contributions must be made;

(iv) Accelerating the payment from the employer due to unforeseen circumstances that occur before payment is made pursuant to this section, including, but not limited to, the officer's termination or retirement or the employer's reorganization, consolidation, merger, or closing; and

(v) The documentation required to substantiate that the officer was reemployed pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 4301 et seq.

(2) This section only applies to military service that falls within the definition of uniformed service under 38 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. Military service does not include service provided pursuant to sections 55-101 to 55-181.

Source:Laws 1949, c. 177, § 1, p. 481; Laws 1967, c. 391, § 5, p. 1216; Laws 1971, LB 987, § 15; R.S.1943, (1978), § 60-461; Laws 1991, LB 549, § 59; Laws 1996, LB 847, § 38; Laws 2017, LB415, § 44.
81-2035. Annuity; adjustment; amount.

Any annuity paid pursuant to sections 81-2014 to 81-2034 to any officer or surviving spouse qualified to receive such payment shall be adjusted on May 27, 1989, to reflect changes in the cost of living and wage levels that have occurred subsequent to the date of retirement. The adjustment shall be an increase in an amount equal to three percent for each year since the date of such officer's retirement commencing on and after January 1, 1978, until December 31, 1984.

Source:Laws 1989, LB 137, § 1.
81-2036. Annuity; additional adjustment; changes in family unit.

After the adjustment prescribed in section 81-2035 is made, any annuity paid pursuant to sections 81-2014 to 81-2034 to any officer or surviving spouse qualified to receive such payment shall be adjusted on May 27, 1989, to reflect changes in the cost of living and wage levels which have occurred subsequent to the date of retirement up to an annuity total amount equal to five thousand nine hundred eighty dollars for a one-member family unit. For each additional member of the family unit the amount shall be increased by two thousand forty dollars. The annuity shall be adjusted to reflect any changes in the family unit when the change occurs. A change in the family unit after retirement occurs (1) upon the death of the officer, (2) upon the death of the spouse or a dependent child, (3) upon the birth of a dependent child, (4) upon the divorce of the officer and his or her spouse, (5) when the officer no longer provides support for a dependent child, and (6) when a dependent child becomes nineteen years of age. Each officer or surviving spouse whose annuity is adjusted pursuant to this section shall file an annual report with the retirement system, on a form prescribed by the Public Employees Retirement Board, to verify the size of the family unit. For purposes of this section, family unit shall include the officer, his or her spouse at the time of retirement, the officer's legal dependent children under nineteen years of age, and the officer's dependent handicapped children.

Source:Laws 1989, LB 137, § 2.
81-2037. Limitation of actions.

Every claim and demand under sections 81-2014 to 81-2036 and against the retirement system or the board shall be forever barred unless the action is brought within two years of the time at which the claim accrued.

Source:Laws 1996, LB 1076, § 36.
81-2038. False or fraudulent actions; prohibited acts; penalty; denial of benefits.

Any person who, knowing it to be false or fraudulent, presents or causes to be presented a false or fraudulent claim or benefit application, any false or fraudulent proof in support of such a claim or benefit, or false or fraudulent information which would affect a future claim or benefit application to be paid under the retirement system for the purpose of defrauding or attempting to defraud the retirement system shall be guilty of a Class II misdemeanor. The board shall deny any benefits that it determines are based on false or fraudulent information and shall have a cause of action against the officer to recover any benefits already paid on the basis of such information.

Source:Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 66.
81-2039. Retirement system contributions, property, and rights; how treated.

All contributions to the retirement system, all property and rights purchased with the contributions, and all investment income attributable to the contributions, property, or rights shall be held in trust by the State of Nebraska for the exclusive benefit of members and their beneficiaries and shall only be used to pay benefits to such persons and to pay administrative expenses according to the provisions of the Nebraska State Patrol Retirement Act.

Source:Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 67.
81-2040. Termination of system or contributions; effect.

Upon termination or partial termination of the retirement system or upon complete discontinuance of contributions under the retirement system, the rights of all affected members to benefits accrued to the date of such termination, partial termination, or discontinuance, to the extent funded as of such date, shall be nonforfeitable.

Source:Laws 1998, LB 1191, § 68.
81-2041. DROP participation authorized; requirements; fees.

(1) Any officer who became a member prior to July 1, 2016, and who meets the participation requirements of subsection (2) of this section may participate in DROP. DROP provides that subsequent to attaining normal age and service retirement eligibility, a member may voluntarily choose to participate in DROP upon its adoption which, for purposes of this section, shall be the earlier of September 1, 2008, or the first of the month following a favorable letter determination by the Internal Revenue Service. If the member chooses to participate in DROP, the member shall be deemed to have retired but shall not be deemed to be terminated, and the member may continue in active employment for up to a five-year period. During the DROP period, the member's retirement benefit payments shall be deposited into the DROP account for the benefit of the member until the member actually retires from active employment at or before the expiration of the DROP period. Thereafter, future retirement benefit payments shall be made directly to the member, and the member shall have access to all funds in the DROP account designated for the benefit of the member. DROP funds shall be held and invested in a defined contribution account under section 414(k) of the Internal Revenue Code and shall meet the limitations in section 415 of the code.

(2) To participate in the DROP program, a member shall meet the following requirements:

(a) A member shall be eligible to enter DROP at any time subsequent to the date when the member has (i) attained normal retirement age and (ii) completed twenty-five years of service. Members having attained normal retirement age and completed twenty-five years of service on or before the date of adoption of DROP shall be eligible to enter DROP at any future date;

(b) A member who elects to enter DROP shall be entitled to receive regular age and service retirement benefits in accordance with section 81-2026. A member is entitled to remain in DROP for a maximum of five years subsequent to the date of the member's DROP election. A member may separate from service and thereby exit DROP at any time during the DROP period. On or before the completion of the DROP period, the member must separate from active employment and exit DROP. During the DROP period, a member's retirement benefit shall be payable to the DROP account vendor designated in the member's name. Amounts transferred or paid to a participating member's DROP account shall not constitute annual additions under section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code;

(c) A member electing to enter DROP shall choose an annuity payment option. After the option is chosen, the member shall not be entitled to any retirement benefit changes, for reasons including, but not limited to, wage increases, promotions, and demotions, except that the restriction on retirement benefit changes shall not apply in the event of duty-related death or duty-related disability. The benefit amount shall be fixed as of the date of election and shall be payable as if the employee retired on that date and separated from active employment. Upon the death of a member during the DROP period, monthly benefits shall be provided as a percentage of the amount of the member's annuity as set forth in subsection (3) of section 81-2026 based upon the annuity benefit calculation made at commencement of the DROP period. In addition, the balance of the DROP account, if any, shall be provided to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the member in accordance with subsection (6) of section 81-2026 or, if no beneficiary is provided, to the estate of the member. Upon the disability of a member during the DROP period, the member shall be deemed to have completed the DROP period, shall begin receiving the annuity benefit as calculated at the commencement of the DROP period, and shall be paid the balance of the DROP account, if any;

(d) No member shall be allowed to continue making the required contributions while the member is enrolled in DROP;

(e) During the DROP period, the Nebraska State Patrol shall not be assessed the amount required under subsection (2) of section 81-2017 nor shall such amount be credited to the State Patrol Retirement Fund;

(f) The member shall be paid the balance of the DROP account upon the member's separation from active employment or at the expiration of the DROP period thereby ending the member's participation in DROP. If a member has not voluntarily separated from active employment on or before the completion of the DROP period, the member's retirement benefit shall be paid directly to the member thereby ending the member's active employment. The member's DROP account shall consist of accrued retirement benefits and interest on such benefits;

(g) Any member that is enrolled in DROP shall be responsible for directing the DROP account designated for the benefit of the member by investing the account in any DROP investment options. There shall be no guaranteed rate of investment return on DROP account assets. Any losses, charges, or expenses incurred by the participating DROP member in such member's DROP account by virtue of the investment options selected by the participating DROP member shall not be made up by the retirement system but all of the same shall be borne by the participating DROP member. The retirement system, the state, the board, and the state investment officer shall not be responsible for any investment results under the DROP agreement. Transfers between investment options shall be in accordance with the rules and regulations of DROP. A DROP account shall be established for each participating DROP member. Such DROP account shall be adjusted no less frequently than annually for the member's retirement benefit distributions and net investment earnings and losses;

(h) If the DROP account is subject to administrative or other fees or charges, such fees or charges shall be charged to the participating DROP member's DROP account;

(i) Cost-of-living adjustments or payments as provided for in section 81-2027.08 or 81-2027.09 and 81-2027.10 shall not be applied to retirement benefits during the DROP period; and

(j) Any officer who became a member on or after July 1, 2016, is specifically prohibited from participating in DROP.

Source:Laws 2007, LB324, § 3; Laws 2011, LB509, § 43; Laws 2012, LB916, § 32; Laws 2013, LB263, § 34; Laws 2016, LB467, § 8.