As PBA members are aware, the State PBA successfully lobbied for a law in 2000 to create parity in certain pension benefits with the State Police Retirement System, including permission for a member to retire at 20 years of service with a 50% benefit (20 and out). The law was implemented without question until a recent State AG/Division of Pensions change in interpretation severely limited access to the law for anyone hired after January 2000.
The State PBA, through our PFRS Trustees, have been debating this change of interpretation with the Division. But the State PBA, as the group that drafted the original language the law is based on, has taken the dispute back to the Legislature.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7), who was prime sponsor of the original law containing 20 and out language, recently joined the State PBA in expressing opposition to State's change in implementation of the law. As such, she has written the attached letter to the Division opposing their incorrect analysis of the law.
The State PBA is grateful to Senator Allen for standing behind a law we worked hard with her to pass so many years ago. The State PBA will update members when we receive an update on our efforts here.
View Senator Diane Allen (R-7) Letter To Division Here