SEC. 25-11-11. Coverage of employees of political subdivisions and instrumentalities.
(1) Each political subdivision of the state and each instrumentality of the state or of a political subdivision, or of both, is hereby authorized to submit for approval by the board a plan for extending the benefits of this article, in conformity with applicable federal law, to employees of any such political subdivision or instrumentality. Each such plan or any amendment thereof shall be approved by the board if it finds that such plan, or such plan as amended, is in conformity with such requirements as are provided in regulations of the board, except that no such plan shall be approved unless:
(a) It is in conformity with the requirements of the applicable federal law and with the agreement entered into under section 25-11-7;
(b) It provides that all services which constitute employment as defined in section 25-11-5 and are performed in the employ of the political subdivision or instrumentality, by any employees thereof, shall be covered by the plan; except that it may exclude services performed by individuals to whom section 218(C)(3)(c) of the Social Security Act is applicable;
(c) It specifies the source or sources from which the funds necessary to make the payments required by paragraph (a) of subsection (3) and by subsection (4) are expected to be derived and contains reasonable assurance that such sources will be adequate for such purpose;
(d) It provides for such methods of administration of the plan by the political subdivision or instrumentality as are found by the board to be necessary for the proper and efficient administration thereof;
(e) It provides that the political subdivision or instrumentality will make such reports, in such form and containing such information, as the board may from time to time require, and comply with such provisions as the board or the secretary of health and human services may from time to time find necessary to assure the correctness and verification of such reports; and
(f) It authorizes the board to terminate the plan in its entirety in the discretion of the board if it finds that there has been a failure to comply substantially with any provision contained in such plan, such determination to take effect at the expiration of such notice and on such conditions as may be provided by regulations of the board and as may be consistent with applicable federal law.
(2) The board shall not finally refuse to approve a plan submitted under subsection (1) and shall not terminate an approved plan, without reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing to each political subdivision or instrumentality affected thereby. The board's decision in any such case shall be final, conclusive, and binding unless an appeal be taken by the political subdivision or instrumentality aggrieved thereby to the circuit court of Hinds County, Mississippi, in accordance with the provisions of law with respect to review of civil cause by certiorari.
(a) Each political subdivision or instrumentality as to which a plan has been approved under this section shall pay into the contribution fund, with respect to wages (as defined in section 25-11-5 of this article,) at such time or times as the board may by regulation prescribe, contributions in the amounts and at the rates specified in the applicable agreement entered into by the board under section 25-11-7.
(b) Every political subdivision or instrumentality required to make payments under paragraph (a) of this subsection is authorized, in consideration of the employees' retention in, or entry upon, employment after enactment of this article, to impose upon its employees, as to services which are covered by an approved plan, a contribution with respect to wages (as defined in section 25-11-5 of this article), not exceeding the amount of tax which would be imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act if such services constituted employment within the meaning of that act, and to deduct the amount of such contribution from the wages as and when paid. Contributions so collected shall be paid into the contribution fund in partial discharge of the liability of such political subdivision or instrumentality under paragraph (a) of this subsection. Failure to deduct such contribution shall not relieve the employee or employer of liability therefor.
(4) Any state agency, school, political subdivision, instrumentality or any employer that is required to submit contribution payments or wage reports under any section of this chapter shall be assessed interest on delinquent payments or wage reports as determined by the board of trustees and such assessed interest may be recovered by action in a court of competent jurisdiction against such reporting agency liable therefor or may, upon due certification of delinquency and at the request of the board, be deducted from any other moneys payable to such reporting agency by any department or agency of the state.
(5) Referenda and certification. The governor is empowered to authorize a referendum, upon request of the governing body of a political subdivision or juristic entity of the state and to designate any agency or individual to supervise its conduct, in accordance with the requirements of section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act, on the question of whether service in positions covered by a retirement system established by a political subdivision or juristic entity of the state should be excluded from or included under an agreement under this article. The notice of referendum required by section 218(d)(3)(C) of the Social Security Act to be given to employees shall contain or shall be accompanied by a statement, in such form and such detail as the agency or individual designated to supervise the referendum shall deem necessary and sufficient, to inform the employees of the rights which will accrue to them and their dependents and survivors, and the liabilities to which they will be subject, if their services are included under an agreement under this article.
(6) Only those persons may be allowed to vote in the referendum who are actually employed in the employment which occasioned their membership in their retirement system at the time that the referendum is offered, and a majority of the members so qualified to vote must vote in favor of the referendum in order for it to become effective.
(7) In the event of a negative vote in the referendum, no additional referendum may be held within a period of less than one (1) year; and in the event of an affirmative vote of the referendum, their agreement must be executed with the public employees' retirement system of Mississippi to cover such employees within six (6) months after the affirmative vote has been determined in the referendum.
(8) Upon receiving evidence satisfactory to him that, with respect to any such referendum, the conditions specified in section 218(d)(3) of the Social Security Act have been met, the governor shall so certify to the secretary of health and human services.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 7446-05; Laws, 1952, ch. 299, Sec. 5; 1956, ch. 346, Sec. 4; 1983, ch. 449, Sec. 1, eff from and after passage (approved March 31, 1983).