February 20, 2001





SENATE BILL No. 107

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DIGEST OF SB 107 (Updated February 19, 2001 3:07 PM - DI 102)



Citations Affected: IC 5-10; IC 5-10.2; IC 5-10.3; IC 21-6.1; IC 36-8.

Synopsis: Public pensions. Provides that a member of the board of trustees of the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) or the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF) may participate in a meeting of the board using any means of communication that permits all other board members and the public to simultaneously communicate with each other during the meeting. Provides that PERF and TRF fund records of individual members and membership information shall be treated as confidential, except for the name and years of service of a fund member. Specifies that the additional annuity savings account contributions that may be made by a PERF member or a TRF member may not exceed 10% of the member's compensation. Adds emergency medical services providers employed by political subdivision and not otherwise eligible for a special death benefit to the definition of "public safety officer" for the purpose of providing a special death benefit. Provides that a governing body of a unit that is participating in PERF is not required to request a survey of the estimated cost of participation, and the PERF board is not required to provide an estimate of the costs of participation, when the unit adopts a resolution or ordinance
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Effective: January 1, 2001 (retroactive); July 1, 2001.





Harrison, Craycraft, Lutz L




    January 8, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Pensions and Labor.
    February 19, 2001, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.





Digest Continued

providing that additional classifications of employees will become members of the fund and the actuary for the fund finds there would be no material change in the current or continued employer contribution rate for that unit because of the additional classification. Permits a PERF or TRF fund member to direct that the member's retirement benefits be paid to a revocable trust. Specifies that, in the case of PERF members other than state employees, an employer may pay all or a part of the annuity savings account contribution for the employees. (Current law authorizes a PERF employer other than the state to pay either none or all of the contribution but does not allow for partial payment.) Provides that persons employed by TRF are members of TRF. Provides that even if a firefighter is 36 years of age or older, the firefighter may be reappointed as a member of a department if the firefighter: can complete 20 years of service before reaching 60 years of age. Provides that a member of the police or fire department may be reappointed to the department if the person is a retired member not yet receiving retirement benefits under the 1925, 1937, 1953, or 1977 fund. Corrects cross-references to provisions related to police and firefighter disability benefits. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the pension management oversight commission.)



February 20, 2001

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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SENATE BILL No. 107



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

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

    SECTION 1. IC 5-10-10-4, AS AMENDED BY P.L.66-2000, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "public safety officer" means any of the following:
        (1)
A state police officer.
         (2) A county sheriff.
         (3) A county police officer.
        (4) A correctional officer.
         (5) An excise police officer.
         (6) A county police reserve officer.
         (7) A city police reserve officer.
         (8) A conservation enforcement officer.
         (9) A town marshal.
         (10) A deputy town marshal.
         (11) A probation officer. or
         (12) A state university police officer appointed under IC 20-12-3.5.


         (13) An emergency medical services provider (as defined in IC 16-41-10-1) who is:
            (A) employed by a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13); and
            (B) not eligible for a special death benefit under IC 36-8-6-20, IC 36-8-7-26, IC 36-8-7.5-22, or IC 36-8-8-20.

    SECTION 2. IC 5-10.2-2-16 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 16. (a) This section applies to any meeting of the board.
    (b) A member of the board may participate in a meeting of the board using any means of communication that permits:
        (1) all other board members participating in the meeting; and
        (2) all members of the public physically present at the place where the meeting is conducted;
to simultaneously communicate with each other during the meeting.
    (c) A member of the board who participates in a meeting under subsection (b) is considered to be present at the meeting.
    (d) The memorandum of the meeting prepared under IC 5-14-1.5-4 must also state the name of each member who:
        (1) was physically present at the place where the meeting was conducted;
        (2) participated in the meeting using a means of communication described in subsection (b); and
        (3) was absent.

    SECTION 3. IC 5-10.2-2-17 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 17. Fund records of individual members and membership information are confidential, except for the name and years of service of a fund member.
    SECTION 4. IC 5-10.2-3-2, AS AMENDED BY P.L.53-2000, SECTION 1, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2001 (RETROACTIVE)]: Sec. 2. (a) Subject to IC 5-10.2-2-1.5, as used in this section, "compensation" means:
        (1) the basic salary earned by and paid to the member; plus
        (2) the amount that would have been a part of the basic salary earned and paid except for the member's salary reduction agreement established under Section 125, 403(b), or 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.
    (b) Except in cases where the contribution is made on behalf of the member, each member shall, as a condition of employment, contribute

to the fund three percent (3%) of his compensation.
    (c) A member of a fund may make contributions to the member's annuity savings account in addition to the contributions required under subsection (b). The total amount contributed by a member (including any amounts contributed on behalf of the member) of contributions that may be made to a member's annuity savings account with respect to a payroll period under this subsection may not exceed ten percent (10%) of the member's compensation for that payroll period. The contributions made under this subsection may be picked-up and paid by an employer as provided in subsection (d).
    (d) In compliance with rules adopted by each board, an employer, under Section 414(h)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, may pick-up and pay the contributions under subsection (c), subject to approval of the board and to the board's receipt of a favorable private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service. The employer shall reduce the member's compensation by an amount equal to the amount of the member's contributions under subsection (c) that are picked-up by the employer. Each board shall by rule establish the procedural requirements for employers to carry out the pick-up in compliance with Section 414(h)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    (e) A member's contributions and interest credits belong to the member and do not belong to the state or political subdivision.
    SECTION 5. IC 5-10.2-4-7, AS AMENDED BY P.L.195-1999, SECTION 17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 7. (a) Benefits provided under this section are subject to IC 5-10.2-2-1.5.
    (b) A member who retires is entitled to receive monthly retirement benefits, which are guaranteed for five (5) years or until the member's death, whichever is later. A member may select in writing any of the following nonconflicting options for the payment of the member's retirement benefits instead of the five (5) year guaranteed retirement benefit payments. The amount of the optional payments shall be determined under rules of the board and shall be the actuarial equivalent of the benefit payable under sections 4, 5, and 6 of this chapter.
        (1) Joint and Survivor Option.
            (A) The member receives a decreased retirement benefit during the member's lifetime, and there is a benefit payable after the member's death to a designated beneficiary during the lifetime of the beneficiary, which benefit equals, at the option of the member, either the full decreased retirement benefit or two-thirds (2/3) or one-half (1/2) of that benefit.


            (B) If the member dies before retirement, the designated beneficiary may receive only the amount credited to the member in the annuity savings account unless the designated beneficiary is entitled to survivor benefits under IC 5-10.2-3.
            (C) If the designated beneficiary dies before the member retires, the selection is automatically canceled and the member may make a new beneficiary election and may elect a different form of benefit under this subsection.
            (D) If:
                (i) the designated beneficiary dies while the member is receiving benefits;         or
                (ii) the member is receiving benefits, the member marries, either for the first time or following the death of the member's spouse, after the member's first benefit payment is made, and the member's designated beneficiary is not the member's current spouse or the member has not designated a beneficiary;
            the member may elect to change the member's designated beneficiary or form of benefit under this subsection and to receive an actuarially adjusted and recalculated benefit for the remainder of the member's life or for the remainder of the member's life and the life of the newly designated beneficiary. If the member's new election is the joint and survivor option, the member shall indicate whether the designated beneficiary's benefit shall equal, at the option of the member, either the member's full recalculated retirement benefit or two-thirds (2/3) or one-half (1/2) of this benefit. The cost of recalculating the benefit shall be borne by the member and shall be included in the actuarial adjustment.
        (2) Benefit with No Guarantee. The member receives an increased lifetime retirement benefit without the five (5) year guarantee specified in this subsection.
        (3) Integration with Social Security. If the member retires before the age of eligibility for Social Security benefits, in order to provide a level benefit during the member's retirement the member receives an increased retirement benefit until the age of Social Security eligibility and decreased retirement benefits after that age.
        (4) Cash Refund Annuity. The member receives a lifetime annuity purchasable by the amount credited to the member in the annuity savings account, and the member's designated beneficiary receives a refund payment equal to:
            (A) the total amount used in computing the annuity at the retirement date; minus
            (B) the total annuity payments paid and due to the member before the member's death.
    (c) A selection under subsection (b) may be made or revoked by the member on or before:
        (1) the retirement date selected under section 1 of this chapter; or
        (2) the date on which a retirement date is selected under section 1 of this chapter;
whichever is later.
     (d) A member may direct that the member's retirement benefits be paid to a revocable trust that permits the member unrestricted access to the amounts held in the revocable trust. The member's direction is not an assignment or transfer of benefits under IC 5-10.3-8-10 or IC 21-6.1-5-17.
    SECTION 6. IC 5-10.3-6-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 2. Preliminary Survey. The governing body may request a preliminary survey, at its expense, to determine the estimated cost of participation. The board and its actuary shall give an estimate of the costs, the benefits, and other appropriate information. However, a governing body of a unit that is participating in the fund is not required to request a survey, and the board and its actuary are not required to give an estimate, when:
         (1) the unit adopts a resolution or ordinance providing that additional classifications of employees will become members of the fund; and
         (2) the actuary for the fund finds there would be no material change in the current or continued employer contribution rate for that unit because of the additional classification.
    SECTION 7. IC 5-10.3-7-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 9. Each member shall contribute three percent (3%) of his compensation to the fund as specified in IC 5-10.2-3. However, for a member who is a state employee, the employer shall pay the contribution for the member, and for a member who is not a state employee, the employer may pay all or a part of the contribution for the member.
    SECTION 8. IC 21-6.1-4-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 1. (a) The members of the fund include:
        (1) legally qualified and regularly employed teachers in the public schools;
        (2) persons employed by a governing body, who were qualified before their election or appointment;
        (3) legally qualified and regularly employed teachers at Ball State University, Indiana State University, University of Southern Indiana, or Vincennes University;
        (4) legally qualified and regularly employed teachers in a state educational institution supported wholly by public money and whose teachers devote their entire time to teaching;
        (5) legally qualified and regularly employed teachers in state benevolent, charitable, or correctional institutions;
        (6) legally qualified and regularly employed teachers in an experimental school in a state university who teach elementary or high school students;
        (7) as determined by the board, certain instructors serving in a university extension division not covered by a state retirement law;
        (8) employees and officers of the department of education and of the fund who were qualified before their election or appointment; and
        (9) a person:
            (A) who is employed as a nurse appointed under IC 20-8.1-7-5 by a school corporation located in a city having a population of more than one hundred ten thousand (110,000) but less than one hundred twenty thousand (120,000); and
            (B) who participated in the fund before December 31, 1991, in the position described in clause (A); and
        (10) persons who are employed by the fund.

    (b) Teachers in any state institution who accept the benefits of a state supported retirement benefit system comparable to the fund's benefits may not come under the fund unless permitted by law or the rules of the board.
    (c) The members of the fund do not include substitute teachers who have not obtained an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree.
    SECTION 9. IC 36-8-4-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 7. (a) A person may not be appointed as a member of the police department or fire department after the person has reached thirty-six (36) years of age. A person may be reappointed as a member of the department only if the person is a former member or a retired member not yet receiving retirement benefits of the 1925, 1937, 1953, or 1977 fund and can complete twenty (20) years of service before reaching sixty (60) years of age.
    (b) This section does not apply to a fire chief appointed under a

waiver under section 6(c) of this chapter or a police chief appointed under a waiver under section 6.5(c) of this chapter.
    (c) A person must pass the aptitude, physical agility, and physical examination required by the local board of the fund and by IC 36-8-8-19 to be appointed or reappointed as a member of the department.
    SECTION 10. IC 36-8-7-11, AS AMENDED BY P.L.118-2000, SECTION 10, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 11. (a) Benefits paid under this section are subject to section 2.5 of this chapter.
    (b) If a member of the fire department becomes seventy (70) years of age or is found upon examination by a medical officer to be physically or mentally disabled and unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, so as to make necessary his retirement from all service with the department, the local board shall retire the person.
    (c) The local board may retire a person for disability only after a hearing conducted under IC 36-8-8-12.7.
    (d) If after the hearing the local board determines that a person who became disabled before July 1, 2000, is disabled and unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the local board shall then authorize the monthly payment to the person from the 1937 fund as prescribed by section 12.1 of this chapter. of an amount equal to fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a fully paid first class firefighter in the unit at the time of the payment of the pension. All physical and mental examinations of members of the fire department shall be made on order of the local board by a medical officer designated by the local board.
    (e) If after the hearing under this section and a recommendation under section 12.5 of this chapter, the 1977 fund advisory committee determines that a person who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000:
        (1) has a disability that is:
            (A) the direct result of:
                (i) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is on duty;
                (ii) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is responding to an emergency or reported emergency for which the fund member is trained; or
                (iii) an occupational disease (as defined in IC 22-3-7-10), including a duty related disease that is also included within

clause (B); or
            (B) a duty related disease (for purposes of this section, a "duty related disease" means a disease arising out of the fund member's employment; a disease is considered to arise out of the fund member's employment if it is apparent to the rational mind, upon consideration of all of the circumstances, that:
                (i) there is a connection between the conditions under which the fund member's duties are performed and the disease;
                (ii) the disease can be seen to have followed as a natural incident of the fund member's duties as a result of the exposure occasioned by the nature of the fund member's duties; and
                (iii) the disease can be traced to the fund member's employment as the proximate cause); and
        (2) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
the local board shall then authorize the monthly payment to the person from the 1937 fund of an amount equal to fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a fully paid first class firefighter in the unit at the time of the payment of the pension. All physical and mental examinations of members of the fire department shall be made on order of the local board by a medical officer designated by the local board.
    (f) If after the hearing under this section and a recommendation under section 12.5 of this chapter, the 1977 fund advisory committee determines that a person who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000:
        (1) has a disability that is not a disability described in subsection (e)(1); and
        (2) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
the local board shall then authorize the monthly payment to the person from the 1937 fund of an amount equal to fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a fully paid first class firefighter in the unit at the time of the payment of the pension. All physical and mental examinations of members of the fire department shall be made on order of the local board by a medical officer designated by the local board.
    SECTION 11. IC 36-8-7.5-13, AS AMENDED BY P.L.118-2000, SECTION 17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 13. (a) For a member who becomes disabled before July 1, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay a pension in an annual sum equal to:


        (1) fifty percent (50%) for a disease or disability occurring before July 1, 1991; and
        (2) fifty-five percent (55%) for a disease or disability occurring after June 30, 1991;
of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed and payable as prescribed by section 12(b) of this chapter, to an active member of the police department who has been in active service for more than one (1) year and who has suffered or contracted a mental or physical disease or disability that render the member permanently unfit for active duty in the police department, or to an active member of the police department who has been in active service for less than one (1) year who has suffered or received personal injury from violent external causes while in the actual discharge of his duties as a police officer. The pensions provided for in this subsection shall be paid only so long as the member of the police department remains unfit for active duty in the police department.
    (b) For a member who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay a pension in an annual sum equal to fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed on an annual basis and payable in twelve (12) equal monthly installments, to an active member of the police department who:
        (1) has suffered or incurred a disability that renders the member permanently unfit for active duty in the police department and that is:
            (A) the direct result of:
                (i) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is on duty;
                (ii) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is off duty and is responding to an offense or a reported offense; or
                (iii) an occupational disease (as defined in IC 22-3-7-10), including a duty related disease that is also included within clause (B); or
            (B) a duty related disease (for purposes of this section, a "duty related disease" means a disease arising out of the fund member's employment; a disease is considered to arise out of the fund member's employment if it is apparent to the rational mind, upon consideration of all of the circumstances, that:
                (i) there is a connection between the conditions under which the fund member's duties are performed and the disease;
                (ii) the disease can be seen to have followed as a natural

incident of the fund member's duties as a result of the exposure occasioned by the nature of the fund member's duties; and
                (iii) the disease can be traced to the fund member's employment as the proximate cause); and
        (2) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pensions provided for in this subsection shall be paid only so long as the member of the police department remains unfit for active duty in the police department. If the salary of a first class patrolman is increased or decreased, the pension payable shall be proportionately increased or decreased. However, the monthly pension payable to a member or survivor may not be reduced below the amount of the first full monthly pension received by that person.
    (c) For a member who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay a pension in an annual sum equal to fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed on an annual basis and payable in twelve (12) equal monthly installments, to an active member of the police department who has been in active service for at least one (1) year and:
        (1) has suffered or incurred a disability that:
            (A) renders the member permanently unfit for active duty in the police department; and
            (B) is not described in subsection (b)(2); (b)(1); and
        (2) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pension provided in this subsection shall be paid only so long as the member of the police department remains unfit for active duty in the police department. If the salary of a first class patrolman is increased or decreased, the pension payable shall be proportionately increased or decreased. However, the monthly pension payable to a member or survivor may not be reduced below the amount of the first full monthly pension received by that person.
    (d) For a member who became disabled before July 1, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay temporary benefits in an annual sum equal to thirty percent (30%) of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed and payable as prescribed by section 12(a) of this chapter, to an active member of the police department who has been in active service for more than one (1) year and who has suffered any physical or mental disability that renders the member

temporarily or permanently unable to perform his duties as a member of the police department, or to an active member of the police department who has been in active service for less than one (1) year and who has suffered or received personal injury from violent external causes while in the actual discharge of his duties as a police officer, until the time the member is physically and mentally able to return to active service on the police department.
    (e) For a member who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay a pension in an annual sum equal to thirty percent (30%) of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed on an annual basis and payable in twelve (12) equal monthly installments, to an active member of the police department who:
        (1) suffers or incurs a disability that renders the member temporarily unfit for active duty in the police department and that is:
            (A) the direct result of:
                (i) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is on duty;
                (ii) a personal injury that occurs while the fund member is off duty and is responding to an offense or a reported offense, in the case of a police officer; or
                (iii) an occupational disease (as defined in IC 22-3-7-10), including a duty related disease that is also included within clause (B); or
            (B) a duty related disease (for purposes of this section, a "duty related disease" means a disease arising out of the fund member's employment; a disease is considered to arise out of the fund member's employment if it is apparent to the rational mind, upon consideration of all of the circumstances, that:
                (i) there is a connection between the conditions under which the fund member's duties are performed and the disease;
                (ii) the disease can be seen to have followed as a natural incident of the fund member's duties as a result of the exposure occasioned by the nature of the fund member's duties; and
                (iii) the disease can be traced to the fund member's employment as the proximate cause); and
        (2) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pension provided in this subsection shall be paid only so long as

the member of the police department remains unfit for active duty in the police department. If the salary of a first class patrolman is increased or decreased, the pension payable shall be proportionately increased or decreased. However, the monthly pension payable to a member or survivor may not be reduced below the amount of the first full monthly pension received by that person.
    (f) For a member who becomes disabled after June 30, 2000, the 1953 fund shall be used to pay temporary benefits in an annual sum equal to thirty percent (30%) of the salary of a first class patrolman in the police department, computed on an annual basis and payable in twelve (12) equal monthly installments, to an active member of the police department:
        (1) who has been in active service for at least one (1) year;
        (2) suffers or incurs a disability that:
            (A) renders the member temporarily unfit for active duty in the police department; and
            (B) is not described in subsection (b)(2); (e)(1); and
        (3) is unable to perform the essential functions of the job, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The pension provided for in this subsection shall be paid only so long as the member of the police department remains unfit for active duty in the police department. If the salary of a first class patrolman is increased or decreased, the pension payable shall be proportionately increased or decreased. However, the monthly pension payable to a member or survivor may not be reduced below the amount of the first full monthly pension received by that person.
    (g) If an application is made by an active member of the police department because of physical or mental disability for temporary benefits as provided in subsection (d), (e), or (f), the benefit is not payable until the local board determines after a hearing conducted under IC 36-8-8-12.7 that the member is unfit for active duty on the police department, considering reasonable accommodation to the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before the hearing, a physician to be appointed by the local board shall examine the member and certify in writing whether in his opinion the member is unfit, physically or mentally, for active duty in the police department. After the pension or benefit has been granted by the local board, the payment commences with the original date of the injury or illness causing the disability.
    (h) A member who has been granted a disability benefit under this section and who fails or refuses to submit to a physical examination at

any time by the local board physician has no right in the future to receive the disability benefit, and any benefit that has been granted shall be immediately canceled by the local board.
    (i) The local board may, from time to time, require a member of the police department who is receiving at any time disability benefits or pensions as provided in this section to be examined by the physician appointed by the local board. After the examination, the local board shall conduct a hearing under IC 36-8-8-12.7 to determine whether the disability still exists and whether the member should continue to receive the pension or benefit. If after the examination and hearing the member is found to have recovered from his disability and is fit for active duty on the police department, then upon written notice to the member by the local board, the member shall be reinstated in active service, the safety board shall be informed of the action of the local board, and from that time the member is no longer entitled to payments from the 1953 fund. If the member fails or refuses to return to active duty after ordered by the local board, he ceases to be a member of the 1953 fund and waives all rights to any further pensions or benefits provided by the 1953 fund.
    (j) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, no disability benefit may be paid for any disability based upon or caused by any mental or physical condition that a member had at the time he entered or reentered his active service in the police department.
    (k) If a member who is receiving disability benefits under subsection (a), (b), or (c) for a disease or disability occurring after June 30, 1991, is transferred from disability to regular retirement status, the member's monthly pension may not be reduced below fifty-five percent (55%) of the salary of a first class patrolman at the time of payment of the pension.
    (l) To the extent required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the transcripts, reports, records, and other material compiled to determine the existence of a disability shall be:
        (1) kept in separate medical files for each member; and
        (2) treated as confidential medical records.
    (m) A fund member who is receiving disability benefits under this chapter shall be transferred from disability to regular retirement status when the member becomes fifty-five (55) years of age.
    SECTION 12. An emergency is declared for this act.