H.B. No. 617
relating to contributions made by and the service retirement
annuity paid to certain members of the Judicial Retirement System
of Texas Plan Two.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 840.102, Government Code, is amended by
amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (h) to read as
(a) Except as provided by Subsections [
Subsection] (g) and
(h), each payroll period, a judicial officer who is a member of the
retirement system is required to contribute six percent of the
officer's state compensation for the period to the retirement
(h) If a member has served at least 12 years on an appellate
court and the sum of the member's age and amount of service credited
in the retirement system equals or exceeds the number 70, the member
ceases making contributions under this section. A member described
by this subsection is considered a contributing member for all
other purposes under this subtitle.
SECTION 2. Subchapter B, Chapter 840, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 840.1027 to read as follows:
Sec. 840.1027. CONTRIBUTIONS AFTER ATTAINING RULE OF 70.
(a) Notwithstanding Section 840.102(h), a judicial officer who is
a member of the retirement system and who has served at least 12
years on an appellate court and the sum of the member's age and
amount of service credited in the retirement system equals or
exceeds the number 70 may elect to make contributions for each
subsequent year of service credit that the member accrues by filing
an application with the retirement system.
(b) A member who elects to make contributions under
Subsection (a) shall contribute six percent of the member's state
compensation for each payroll period in the manner provided by
Sections 840.102(b)-(f). Section 840.105 does not apply to a
contribution under this section.
(c) A member may not make contributions under this section
for more than 10 years of subsequent service credit that the member
SECTION 3. Section 839.102, Government Code, is amended by
amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (f) to read as
(a) Except as provided by Subsections (b), [ and] (c), and
(f), the standard service retirement annuity is an amount equal to
50 percent of the state salary being paid at the time the member
retires to a judge of a court of the same classification as the last
court to which the retiring member was elected or appointed.
(f) The service retirement annuity of a member qualifying
for retirement under Section 839.101(a)(4) is the applicable state
salary under Subsection (a) multiplied by a percentage amount that
is the sum of 50 percent plus the product of two percent multiplied
by the number of years of subsequent service credit the member
accrues under Section 840.1027. After including any increase under
Subsection (b), the service retirement annuity under this
subsection may not be an amount that is greater than 80 percent of
the applicable salary under Subsection (a).
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 617 was passed by the House on April
13, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 617 was passed by the Senate on May
25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate