Public Employees Retirement System
Membership of legislators
(1)Notwithstanding ORS 238.015 (Membership generally), any person who is a member of the Legislative Assembly at any time on or after September 13, 1975, and before January 1, 1988, regardless of whether the person has reached the age of 65 years, may become a member of the Public Employees Retirement System by giving the Public Employees Retirement Board, before January 1, 1990, written notice of desire to do so. The written notice shall take effect on the first day of the month following the date of receipt thereof by the board or upon the person’s completion of six months’ service, whichever occurs last.
(2)Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any person who is a member of the Legislative Assembly and a member of the system, and any person who is not a member of the Legislative Assembly but was a member thereof before January 11, 1987, upon payment to the board before July 1, 1991, of the total amount of the employee contributions the person would have made to the Public Employees Retirement Fund for all periods of service as a member of the Legislative Assembly before the date of that payment for which the person was not a member of the system, is entitled to retirement credit for those periods served as a member of the Legislative Assembly, including those periods after reaching the age of 65 years, that the person would have been entitled to had the person been a member of the system for those periods. Employee contributions to be paid by a person under this subsection may be paid at the option of the person in a lump sum or in installments. If the person is a member of the Legislative Assembly, upon request by the person in writing to the state official authorized to disburse funds in payment of the salary of the person as a member of the Legislative Assembly, the state official shall deduct monthly from that salary the amount of money indicated in the request for payment of employment contributions under this subsection and shall pay amounts so deducted to the board.
(3)Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, any person who is a member of the Legislative Assembly and a member of the system, and any person who is not a member of the Legislative Assembly but was a member thereof before January 9, 1989, who previously had been employed by an employer participating in the system, but had separated from all service with that employer entitling the employee to membership in the system and withdrawn the amount credited to the member account of the member, may have all of the rights in the system which were forfeited by the withdrawal restored by repaying to the board by July 1, 1991, the full amount so withdrawn together with the interest that would have accumulated on the sum had the amount not been withdrawn. [Formerly 237.029; 2001 c.945 §33]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Compensatory effect of legislators' per diem, (1976) Vol 38, p 14
Law Review Citations
96 OLR 249 (2017)