STATE RETIREMENT & PENSION SYSTEM

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


The State Retirement and Pension System covers State and local government employees, teachers, State police, judges, and legislators. The Board of Trustees for the State Retirement and Pension System was created in 1982 (Chapter 506, Acts of 1982).

Under one Board of Trustees, the State Retirement and Pension System consolidates the Pension System for Employees of the State of Maryland and the Employees' Retirement System, the Pension System for Teachers of the State of Maryland and the Teachers' Retirement System, and the State Police Retirement System. Prior to this consolidation, retirement and pension systems functioned separately. The earliest began in 1927 when the Teachers' Retirement System was established (Chapter 344, Acts of 1927). The Employees' Retirement System formed in 1941 (Chapter 377, Acts of 1941). Thereafter, the State Police Retirement System started in 1949 (Chapter 349, Acts of 1949). In 1970, these three systems were placed under the Department of Personnel. In 1979, the Pension System for Employees of the State of Maryland, and the Pension System for Teachers of the State of Maryland were created (Chapters 23, 24, Acts of 1979). From these systems, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems was formed in 1982. When the pension law was recodified in 1994, the Systems was renamed the State Retirement and Pension System (Chapter 6, Acts of 1994).

The Board of Trustees establishes rules and regulations to administer the several pension systems and manage pension funds. On matters concerning the operation of the pension funds in the System, the Board selects an actuary as its technical adviser. From the Board, each member and beneficiary receives a summary of the System's annual report and of the individual's vested benefits.

To arrange and evaluate all medical examinations required under the laws of the several pension systems and to investigate all applications for disability retirement, the Board designates one or more medical boards. The boards each are composed of three physicians ineligible to participate in these pension systems.

The Board of Trustees has fourteen members. Nine are elected or appointed members who serve four-year terms. Five serve ex officio. Two trustees represent each of the State retirement funds; one represents the interests of participating local governments; and two represent the public. Trustees representing the Employees', State Police and Teachers' Systems are elected by the members and beneficiaries of their respective systems. The Governor appoints the trustees representing the interests of local governments and the public (Code State Personnel and Pensions Article, secs. 21-101 through 21-127).

STATE RETIREMENT AGENCY

An agency of the Board of Trustees, the State Retirement Agency administers the several State pension systems. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board (Code State Personnel and Pensions Article, secs. 21-117 through 21-123).

Under the Agency are four Divisions: Finance; Information Systems; Investment; and Retirement Administration.

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