February 20, 2009





SENATE BILL No. 266

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DIGEST OF SB 266 (Updated February 18, 2009 12:24 pm - DI 102)



Citations Affected: IC 5-10.

Synopsis: Public safety chaplain death benefit. Adds certain requirements for a chaplain to qualify for a special death benefit. Provides that chaplains appointed or designated prior to July 1, 2009, are not subject to the additional requirements. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the pension management oversight commission.)

Effective: July 1, 2009.





Kruse , Mishler




    January 7, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Pensions and Labor.
    February 19, 2009, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






February 20, 2009

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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SENATE BILL No. 266



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning pensions.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 5-10-10-4.7; (09)SB0266.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 5-10-10-4.7, AS ADDED BY P.L.115-2008, SECTION 3, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 4.7. (a) As used in this section, "eligible chaplain" means:
         (1) for a chaplain appointed or officially designated before July 1, 2009, an individual who is appointed or officially designated to serve, with or without compensation, as a chaplain of any of the following:
            (1) (A) A law enforcement agency (as defined in IC 4-33-2-11.6).
            (2) (B) A full-time police department of a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13).
            (3) (C) A full-time fire department of a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13).
            (4) (D) A volunteer fire department (as defined in IC 36-8-12-2).
            (5) (E) A sheriff's department of a county.
         (2) for a chaplain appointed or officially designated after June 30, 2009, an individual who:
            (A) is appointed or officially designated by a police chief, fire chief, or sheriff to serve, with or without compensation, as a chaplain of a:
                (i) law enforcement agency (as defined in IC 4-33-2-11.6);
                (ii) full-time police department of a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13);
                (iii) full-time fire department of a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13);
                (iv) volunteer fire department (as defined in IC 36-8-12-2); or
                (v) sheriff's department of a county;

             (B) is certified and in good standing with an ecclesiastical body or religious society;
            (C) is endorsed by an ecclesiastical body or religious society to perform the duties of a chaplain for a law enforcement agency or fire department; and
            (D) has at least five (5) years experience in pastoral ministry.

    (b) An eligible chaplain who dies as a direct result of personal injury or illness resulting from the eligible chaplain's performance of duties as a chaplain for the agency or department that the eligible chaplain was appointed or officially designated to serve is eligible for a special death benefit from the fund in the same manner as any other public safety officer is eligible for a benefit from the fund.