HBA-TBM H.B. 3407 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3407 By: King, Tracy Pensions & Investments 3/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, a public school employee who is a member of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is allowed to establish service credit in TRS for military service, out-of-state service, developmental leave, service previously waived, and work experience in a career or technological field. Teachers are not authorized to establish service credit that is required by a court order due to wrongful termination by a school district. House Bill 3407 authorizes a teacher to establish court-ordered service credit in TRS. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 3407 amends the Government Code to set forth provisions regarding court-ordered credit in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). The bill defines a "court order" as a court order that finds that a school district wrongfully terminated a member, requires the school district to reemploy the member, and requires the establishment of credit in TRS for all or part of the service credit the member would have otherwise established during the period between the date of the wrongful termination and the date of reemployment. The bill authorizes an eligible member to establish equivalent membership service credit for credit required by a court order. A member is eligible to establish credit if the member has at least 10 years of service credit in TRS for actual service in public schools, at least one year of which is for service performed after the period for which credit is sought. The bill authorizes a member to establish credit by depositing with TRS for each year of service claimed a contribution computed at the rate of 12 percent of the full-time rate of the member's annual compensation during the first year of service for which the member received membership credit in TRS that is after the period for which credit is sought. In addition to the contribution, a member must pay a fee of eight percent, compounded annually, of the required contribution from the date of first eligibility to the date of deposit. A deposit for at least one year of credit, including the fee, must be made with an initial application for credit, and all payments for credit claimed must be made before retirement. The amount of service credit a member is authorized to establish is prohibited from exceeding two years. After a member makes the required deposits, TRS is required to grant the member one year of equivalent membership service credit for each year of credit required under the court order. The bill prohibits TRS from using service credit granted by order in computing a member's annual average compensation. The bill requires all court-ordered credit to be computed on a September 1 through August 31 school year. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.