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                                                       PRINTER'S NO. 850

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE BILL

No. 732 Session of 2003


        INTRODUCED BY PICCOLA, MADIGAN, COSTA, ORIE, RAFFERTY, KUKOVICH,
           GREENLEAF, TARTAGLIONE, M. WHITE, LAVALLE, DENT, WOZNIAK,
           BOSCOLA, C. WILLIAMS AND WONDERLING, MAY 12, 2003

        REFERRED TO FINANCE, MAY 12, 2003

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending the act of May 29, 1956 (1955 P.L.1804, No.600),
     2     entitled, as amended, "An act providing for the establishment
     3     of police pension funds or pension annuities in certain
     4     boroughs, towns and townships; authorizing the establishment
     5     of police pension funds or pension annuities by regional
     6     police departments; providing for the regulation and
     7     maintenance of police pension funds or pension annuities;
     8     providing for an actuary; continuance of existing funds or
     9     transfer thereof to funds herein established; prescribing
    10     rights of beneficiaries; contributions by members; providing
    11     for expenses of administration; continuation of existing
    12     authority to provide annuity contracts; credit for military
    13     service; refunds; exempting allowances from judicial process;
    14     and repealing certain acts," further providing for municipal
    15     police pensions.

    16     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    17  hereby enacts as follows:
    18     Section 1.  Section 3 of the act of May 29, 1956 (1955
    19  P.L.1804, No.600), referred to as the Municipal Police Pension
    20  Law, amended May 10, 1996 (P.L.162, No.33), is amended to read:
    21     Section 3.  Each ordinance or resolution establishing a
    22  police pension fund shall prescribe a minimum period of total
    23  service in the aggregate of twenty-five years and may prescribe
    24  a lower minimum period of total service in the aggregate of not

     1  less than twenty years, in the same borough, town, township or
     2  regional police department and shall fix the age of the members
     3  of the force at fifty-five years, or, if an actuarial study of
     4  the cost shows that such reduction in age is feasible, may fix
     5  the age of the members of the force at not less than fifty
     6  years, after which [they] members of the force may retire from
     7  active duty, and such members as are retired shall be subject to
     8  service, from time to time, as a police reserve, in cases of
     9  riot, tumult or preservation of the public peace until
    10  [unfitted] determined to be unfit for such service, when they
    11  may be finally discharged by reason of age or disability.
    12     Section 2.  Section 5(f) of the act, amended February 18,
    13  1998 (P.L.158, No.24), is amended to read:
    14     Section 5.  * * *
    15     (f)  Any borough, town, township or regional police
    16  department may establish and pay length of service increments
    17  for years of service beyond [twenty-five years] the prescribed
    18  minimum period of total service after which members of the force
    19  may retire from active duty for each completed year of service
    20  in excess of [twenty-five years, not to exceed one hundred
    21  dollars ($100)] the prescribed minimum period. Such length of
    22  service increments may be paid in addition to other monthly
    23  pension or retirement allowances[.], but may not exceed twenty-
    24  five per centum of a member's monthly average salary computed
    25  pursuant to subsection (c).
    26     * * *
    27     Section 3.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.


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