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Texas Government Code - GOV'T § 552.121. Exception:  Confidentiality of Certain Documents Held for Historical Research

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(a)(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, all county officials or county judges taking office after July 1, 1977, may become members of the Tennessee consolidated retirement system only in accordance with the provisions of part 2 of this chapter, and shall be allowed to participate in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system if the county in which they are employed is participating in accordance with the provisions of part 2 of this chapter.

(2) Each political subdivision shall be responsible for all employer costs on behalf of these members as provided in part 2 of this chapter.

(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of the law to the contrary, full-time employees in the positions of county judges and county officials, as these terms are defined in chapter 34 of this title, in office or taking office after June 30, 1981, may participate in the retirement system as Group 1 members in accordance with the provisions of chapters 34-37 of this title and of this subsection (b).

(1)(A) Any person elected or appointed in a full-time position, as a county judge, mayor or county official, as defined by the laws governing the retirement system, may elect to participate in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system.  The employer cost of such participation shall be paid from funds appropriated by the county legislative body for the office of the participating judge, mayor or official or from the excess fees of the participating official's office, where such excess fees are available.  Such election to participate in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system shall not be available to judges, mayors or county officials in counties which provide a county retirement system in which such officials may participate, without a resolution by the county legislative body allowing such election and the approval of the state retirement division;  provided, that if any person who has obtained vesting in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system and who is elected or appointed as a county judge, mayor or county official in such counties which provides a county retirement system, such person shall have the right of electing in writing to continue participation in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system.  The state's share of any additional costs of this section shall be funded in accordance with § 9-6-303, from the increase in state imposed taxes which are earmarked to counties and which are not designated to be used by such counties for a particular purpose.

(B) It is further provided that all employer and employee contributions, together with investment earnings made on behalf of persons covered under the provisions of this subsection (b), must be equal to or exceed benefits which will be paid out.  Employees participating pursuant to this subsection (b) will make contributions to the retirement system at a rate of five percent (5%) of earnable compensation or, in lieu of employee contributions, the employer may pay or cause to be paid all or part of such contributions on behalf of the employees.  Employer contributions will be determined by the state retirement division based on an actuarial valuation for each county with county officials electing to participate under the provisions of this subsection (b).

(C) Any liabilities resulting from the participation of any employer under this subsection (b) shall be a liability of the employer and not the state.  Should any required employer costs become delinquent, the commissioner of finance and administration, at the direction of the board of trustees of the retirement system, is authorized to withhold such amount or part of such amount from any state-shared taxes which are otherwise apportioned to the county.

(D) In the event of withdrawal of an employer participating under this subsection (b), the assets of the employer shall be distributed in accordance with § 8-35-211.

(2) The governing body of a political subdivision may pass a resolution to permit the county judges and county officials to claim prior service credit for service rendered as full-time county general employees, county judges or county officials, if the county authorizes the credit and assumes the liability for such prior service.  Upon the authorization and assumption of the liability for prior service credit by the county, the county official or county judge shall be entitled to receive credit for such prior service only by the making of a lump sum payment of the contributions such official or judge would have made had such official or judge been a member, plus interest at the rate provided for in § 8-37-214.  Except as otherwise provided in chapter 36, part 8 of this title, no person who has service credit in the retirement system under this subsection (b) shall be permitted to draw a retirement allowance from the system if the person continues or returns to service with the county in an employment classification for which the person received service credit under this subsection (b).  For purposes of this subdivision (b)(2), “employment classification” means county general employee, county judge or county official as those terms are defined in § 8-34-101.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, on and after January 1, 2009, county officials and county judges may claim prior service credit in the retirement system for service rendered as county general employees only if the county for which they are employed is participating in accordance with part 2 of this chapter, and only for periods of previous service that are authorized for other employees of the political subdivision.

(3) Any person entitled to participate in the retirement system under the provisions of this subsection (b) shall be entitled to all rights, benefits and privileges accruing under chapters 34-37 of this title, except as otherwise provided in this subsection (b), and such person shall be prohibited from participating in any other retirement system while at the same time participating in the Tennessee consolidated retirement system.

(4) A county judge or county official must choose to participate in either the consolidated retirement system in accordance with the provisions of this subsection (b) or a county retirement system.  A county judge or county official who is covered by a county system shall not be eligible to participate in the consolidated system.

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