Session of 1997
HOUSE BILL No. 2395
By Representative Swenson
AN ACT concerning the Kansas public employees retirement system and
systems thereunder; relating to lump-sum death benefit; amending
K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 74-4989 and repealing the existing section.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 74-4989 is hereby amended to read as
follows: 74-4989. (1) (a) Except as provided in (b) and (c), upon the death
of a retirant, the board of trustees of the Kansas public employees retire-
ment system shall pay a lump-sum death benefit to the retirant's bene-
ficiary which shall not exceed $4,000 for such retirant, less any amount
payable for funeral benefits under the applicable provisions of any local
police or fire pension plan, as defined by subsection (c) of K.S.A. 12-5001
and amendments thereto.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of K.S.A. 74-4923 and amend-
ments thereto, any amounts owed the system shall be deducted from such
lump-sum death benefit.
(c) Any retirant may make application to the system in such form and
manner as provided by the system to withdraw such retirant's lump-sum
death benefit in whole or in part prior to such retirant's death for the
purpose of the purchase or reimbursement of the purchase of insurance
or contracts of the burial or funeral benefit type or prearranged funeral
agreements, contracts or plans regardless of whether such purchase was
made before the effective date of this act. Such retirant shall certify to the
system that such retirant shall use or has used the withdrawal for the
purposes provided by this section. The amount of such withdrawal shall
be based on the actuarial value of such retirant's lump-sum death benefit
at the time of the withdrawal using the retirant's attained age and the
actuarial assumptions and tables currently in use by the retirement sys-
tem. Any amounts withdrawn by the retirant as provided in this subsec-
tion shall not be paid as provided in subsection (a) to the retirant's ben-
eficiary upon the death of the retirant. Any claims for such amounts by
the retirant's beneficiary are null and void.
(2) As used in this section, ``retirant'' means any person who is a
member or special member of the Kansas public employees retirement
system, the Kansas police and firemen's retirement system, the state
1 school retirement system or the retirement system for judges and who
2 has retired.
3 Sec. 2. K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 74-4989 is hereby repealed.
4 Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
5 publication in the statute book.