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PUBLIC LAWS OF MAINE
First Special Session of the 118th

CHAPTER 161
H.P. 750 - L.D. 1027

An Act to Permit Teachers to Transfer Retirement System Creditable Service Earned as a Teacher's Aide while Employed by a School and Covered by a Participating Local District

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 5 MRSA 17765 is enacted to read:

17765. Teacher previously employed as teacher's aide or Educational Technician I

     A member who is a teacher who was previously employed by a school administrative unit in this State as a teacher's aide or Education Technician I may purchase service credit for the time so employed, under the following conditions.

     1. Payment to fund. Before the retirement benefit becomes effective, members must pay into the Members' Contribution Fund by a single direct payment or annual direct payments to the retirement system an amount that, together with regular interest on that amount, is the actuarial equivalent, at the effective date of the retirement benefit, of the portion of the retirement benefit based on the additional creditable service. Payments must be made as provided in section 17701, subsection 4.

     2. Partial payment and partial service credit. If any retirement becomes effective before the completion of the payment under this section, the member is entitled to service credit for that portion of the additional creditable service that the total amount of payments actually made, plus regular interest on those payments to the date the retirement benefit becomes effective, bears to the actuarial equivalent of the total portion of the retirement benefit based on the additional creditable service.

     3. Limitation on use of purchased service credit. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any service credit purchased under this section may be used only for the purpose of increasing the amount of a member's service retirement benefits by inclusion of the purchased service credit and may not be used for any other purpose.

     4. Additional conditions of service credit purchase if some or all employment as teacher's aide or Educational Technician I was under a participating local district plan. If a member was previously employed as a teacher's aide or an Educational Technician I and was a member under a participating local district plan, then the following additional conditions apply:

See title page for effective date.

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