HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

759

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the employees retirement system.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Section 88-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"88-6 Payment of refunds and retirement benefits. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter:

(1) All retirees and beneficiaries of the state retirement system or county pension funds shall be paid semimonthly; provided that:

(A) All retirees and beneficiaries of the state retirement system who either retire or become beneficiaries after January 1, 2003, shall be paid monthly; and

(B) Effective July 1, 2011, all retirees and beneficiaries of the state retirement system shall be paid monthly; provided that this subparagraph shall not apply to any retiree or beneficiary who:

(i) Became a retiree or beneficiary prior to January 1, 2003;

(ii) Is eighty years of age or older on January 1, 2011; and

(iii) Receives $800 or less of pension benefits each month; and

(2) Any retiree or beneficiary of the state retirement system whose benefit commences after June 30, 2001, shall designate a financial institution account into which the system shall be authorized to deposit their retirement benefit; and effective April 1, 2011, all retirees and beneficiaries of the state retirement system shall designate a financial institution account into which the system shall be authorized to deposit their state retirement system benefits. This method of payment may be waived by the system.

(b) Any member, former employee, retirant, or beneficiary to whom accumulated contributions or a hypothetical account balance, as defined in section 88-311, is payable after June 30, 2008, if the payment will be greater than $250 and the member, former employee, retirant, or beneficiary does not elect to rollover the payment into an eligible retirement plan, shall designate a financial institution account into which the system shall be authorized to deposit the payment. This method of payment may be waived by the system if another method is determined to be more appropriate.

(c) All overpayments of refunds and retirement benefits, including but not limited to the over issuance of death benefits, beneficiary benefits, payments to alternate payees, and adjustment payments, shall constitute a debt due and owing to the system by the recipient of such overpayments. In addition to the remedies elsewhere prescribed in this chapter for the recovery of benefits, recovery of all overpayments shall be made in accordance with applicable state law and federal regulations. The system shall adopt and enforce rules as may be necessary to effect the maximum recovery of retirement benefit overpayments. System rules for the recovery of overpayments shall prescribe procedures for recourse to the civil courts when required, the filing of liens against the real property of overpaid recipients, and the filing of claims against the estate of a deceased recipient who has received overpayments that have not been recovered. Nothing in this section shall preclude the board of trustees or the executive director of the system from adopting procedures for waiving the recovery of overpayments in cases of bona fide hardship or where the costs of recovery would exceed the amount expected to be recovered.

(d) For the purposes of this section:

"Financial institution account" shall include:

(1) An individual or joint account; and

(2) A trust account that meets the definition of "trust account" in section 560:6-101 where the retiree or beneficiary is a trustee."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Employees' Retirement System; Benefits; Financial Institutions Trust Accounts

 

Description:

Specifies that employees' retirement system payment of refunds and benefits may be paid into individual, joint, and trust accounts of financial institutions.

 

 

 

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