ASSEMBLY, No. 2381
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED SEPTEMBER 26, 1996
By Assemblymen CONNORS and MORAN
An Act concerning the purchase of service credit in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey and amending P.L.1944, c.255.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 4 of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-4) is amended to read as follows:
4. [Only] a. Except as otherwise provided by law, only service as a policeman or fireman paid for by an employer, which was rendered by a member since that member's enrollment, or since that member's last enrollment in case of a break in service, plus service, if any, covered by a prior service liability, shall be considered as creditable service for the purposes of this act.
b. (1) A member may purchase credit for temporary service as a policeman or fireman, or as the holder of a title which, following the termination of that temporary service, became covered by the provisions of P.L.1944, c.255 (C.43:16A-1 et seq.), if that temporary service shall have resulted, without interruption, in a valid permanent or probational appointment as a policeman or fireman or to a position, the title of which became covered by the retirement system following the member's appointment thereto. The purchase shall be made in the same manner and be subject to the same terms and conditions provided for the purchase of previous membership service by section 1 of P.L.1973, c.63 (C.43:16A-11.4).
(2) A member may purchase credit for temporary service with a public employer in this State rendered prior to becoming a member for which credit is not eligible to be purchased in the retirement system under paragraph (1) of this subsection and has not been credited in another retirement system established under the laws of this State. A member wishing to make such a purchase shall file with the retirement system a detailed statement of the service and of such other facts as the retirement system may require. The member may purchase credit for all or a portion of the service evidenced in the statement up to the nearest number of years and months. The purchase shall be made in the same manner and, except as otherwise provided by this paragraph, shall be subject to the same terms and conditions provided for the purchase of credit for military service by section 3 of P.L.1991, c.153 (C.43:16A-11.11).
(cf: P.L.1991, c.138, s.11)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill permits a member of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) to purchase credit in the retirement system for temporary service with a New Jersey public employer rendered prior to the person's PFRS enrollment for which credit in the system (1) is not eligible to be purchased under the regular PFRS rules for the purchase of credit for service leading to permanent appointment as a police officer or firefighter, and (2) has not been established in another New Jersey public pension system. The purchase is to be made in the same manner and subject to the same terms and conditions provided for the purchase of credit for military service by section 3 of P.L.1991, c.153 (C.43:16A-11.11).
Permits purchase of PFRS credit for certain pre-enrollment temporary service.