Session of 1998
By Representative Edmonds
            9             AN ACT concerning the retirement system for judges; relating to pur-
10             chase of service credit; amending K.S.A. 20-2606 and repealing the
11             existing section.
13       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
14           Section 1. K.S.A. 20-2606 is hereby amended to read as follows:
15       20-2606. (a) Any judge whose service is terminated prior to retirement,
16       for any cause other than death, may, upon written request to the board,
17       have returned the total amount of accumulated contributions which the
18       judge has made to the fund after the retirement system for judges has a
19       reasonable time to process the application for withdrawal. The return of
20       accumulated contributions to a judge shall preclude that judge from any
21       benefits under the retirement system for judges unless and until that
22       judge again serves in such capacity.
23           (b) Any incumbent judge over 70 years of age with a total service of
24       at least eight years at the time the judge's present term of office expires,
25       or at the time of retirement if the judge retires before the end of the
26       judge's present term, shall receive retirement annuities as provided in
27       K.S.A. 20-2608, 20-2609 and 20-2610, and any amendments thereto, un-
28       less the judge requests the return of accumulated contributions under
29       this section.
30           (c) In case any judge, who has had such judge's accumulated contri-
31       butions returned under this section, serves again in such capacity, such
32       judge may return the amount refunded under this section without interest
33       or penalty and regain such judge's original status under the retirement
34       system for judges.
35           (d) Any member of the retirement system for judges who was pre-
36       viously a member of the Kansas public employees retirement system or
37       the Kansas police and firemen's retirement system and who forfeited
38       service credit under either of those systems by reason of termination of
39       employment and withdrawal of their contributions to that system, may
40       elect to purchase service credit for the previously forfeited service credit
41       by means of having employee contributions as provided in K.S.A. 20-2603
42       and amendments thereto deducted from such judge's compensation at an
43       additional rate of contribution, based upon such judge's attained age at

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  1       the time of purchase and using actuarial assumptions and tables in use
  2       by the retirement system at such time of purchase for such periods of
  3       service. Such additional rate of contribution shall commence at the begin-
  4       ning of the quarter following such election and shall remain in effect until
  5       all of the full quarters of such service have been purchased. Such member
  6       may purchase such service by means of a single lump-sum payment   and
  7       in lieu of employee contributions as provided in this subsection. Such
  8       service shall be recredited to that system. The amount of the lump-sum
  9       payment shall be determined by the actuary using the member's then
10       current annual rate of compensation   and, the actuarial assumptions and
11       tables then currently in use by that retirement system and the judge's
12       attained age.
13           Sec. 2. K.S.A. 20-2606 is hereby repealed.
14           Sec. 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
15       publication in the statute book.