SEC. 25-13-21. Refund of contributions; roll over distribution to retirement plan or account; repayment of refund upon subsequent reentry into service.
In the event a highway patrolman ceases to work for the Highway Safety Patrol for any reason other than occupational disease contracted or for any accident sustained by the patrolman by reason of his service or discharge of his duty in the Highway Patrol, and if the highway patrolman is not eligible for retirement either for service or disability, he shall be refunded the amount of his total contribution under the provisions of this chapter, including any credit transferred to his account in this system from any other system, at his request; and should he die before retirement, such fund is to be refunded to any beneficiary he may name. If there is no surviving designated beneficiary, the contributions to the credit of the deceased member shall be refunded pursuant to Section 25-13-21.1(1).
Pursuant to the Unemployment Compensation Amendments of 1992 (Public Law 102-318 (UCA)), a member or the spouse of a member who is an eligible beneficiary entitled to a refund under this section may elect, on a form prescribed by the board under rules and regulations established by the board, to have an eligible rollover distribution of accumulated contributions payable under this section paid directly to an eligible retirement plan, as defined under applicable federal law, or an individual retirement account. If the member or the spouse of a member who is an eligible beneficiary makes such election and specifies the eligible retirement plan or individual retirement account to which such distribution is to be paid, the distribution will be made in the form of a direct trustee-to-trustee transfer to the specified eligible retirement plan. Flexible rollovers under this subsection shall not be considered assignments under Section 25-13-31.
If any highway patrolman who shall receive a refund reenters the service of the Highway Safety Patrol and again becomes a member of the system, he may repay all amounts previously received by him as a refund, together with regular interest covering the period from the date of refund to the date of repayment; however, the amounts that are repaid by the member and the creditable service related thereto shall not be used in any benefit calculation or determination until the member has remained a contributor to the system for a period of at least five (5) years after such member's reentry into state service. Repayment for such time shall be made in increments of not less than one-quarter (1/4) year of creditable service beginning with the most recent service for which refund has been made. Upon the repayment of all or part of such refund and interest, the highway patrolman shall again receive credit for the period of creditable service for which full repayment has been made to the system.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, § 8090-61; Laws, 1958, ch. 543, § 11; Laws, 1977, ch. 363; Laws, 1999, ch. 544, § 11; Laws, 2000, ch. 628, § 19; Laws, 2001, ch. 438, § 7, SB 2836; Laws, 2002, ch. 313, § 5, SB2570, eff from and after passage (approved Mar. 14, 2002).
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2002.
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