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Purchase of retirement credit for out-of-state and federal service.
Section 121.1115, Florida Statutes 2004

121.1115  Purchase of retirement credit for out-of-state and federal service.--Effective January 1, 1995, a member of the Florida Retirement System may purchase creditable service for periods of public employment in another state and receive creditable service for such periods of employment. Service with the Federal Government, including any military service, may be claimed. Upon completion of each year of service earned under the Florida Retirement System, a member may purchase up to 1 year of retirement credit for his or her out-of-state service, subject to the following provisions:

(1)  LIMITATIONS AND CONDITIONS.--To receive credit for the out-of-state service:

(a)  The out-of-state service being claimed must have been:

1.  Performed in a position of employment with the state or a political subdivision thereof or with the Federal Government;

2.  Covered by a retirement or pension plan provided by the state or political subdivision, or by the Federal Government, as appropriate; and

3.  Performed prior to a period of membership in the Florida Retirement System.

(b)  The member must have completed a minimum of 6 years of creditable service under the Florida Retirement System, excluding out-of-state service and in-state service claimed and purchased under s. 121.1122

(c)  Not more than 5 years of creditable service may be claimed for creditable service aggregated under the provisions of this section and s. 121.1122

(d)  The out-of-state service credit claimed under this section shall be credited only as service in the Regular Class of membership, and any benefit or pension based thereon shall be subject to the limitations and restrictions of s. 112.65

(e)  A member shall be eligible to receive service credit for out-of-state service performed after leaving the Florida Retirement System only upon return to membership and completion of at least 1 year of creditable service in the Florida Retirement System following the out-of-state service.

(2)  COST.--For each year claimed, the member must pay into the System Trust Fund an amount equal to 20 percent of the member's annual compensation for the first full work year of creditable service earned under the Florida Retirement System, but not less than $12,000, plus interest at 6.5 percent compounded annually from the date of first annual salary earned until full payment is made. The employer may pay all or a portion of the cost of this service credit.

History.--s. 10, ch. 94-259; s. 9, ch. 96-368; s. 11, ch. 97-180; s. 10, ch. 2000-169; ss. 40, 41, ch. 2003-399.