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Resolution of the Board of Commissioners

[49 Pa.B. 692]
[Saturday, February 9, 2019]

Whereas, the State Employees' Retirement Code (71 Pa.C.S. § 5101 et seq.) governs the administration and operation of the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System, one of the nation's oldest and largest statewide retirement plans for public employees; and

Whereas, Section 5102 of the State Employees' Retirement Code (71 Pa.C.S. § 5102 (relating to definitions)) defines the terms ''superannuation age,'' ''state police officer,'' ''correction officer'' and ''enforcement officer'' in a manner to allow certain types of Commonwealth law enforcement personnel to retire at ages 50 or 55, whichever may be applicable, after 20 years of service, rather than the default at age 60 or after 35 years of service; and

Whereas, The types of Commonwealth law enforcement personnel eligible for the early retirement allowances includes: any officer or member of the Pennsylvania State Police, correction officers employed by the Department of Corrections or the Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Public Welfare), Delaware River Port Authority policemen, park rangers employed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Capitol police officers, certain officers and investigators of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, certain agents and employees of the Office of Attorney General, certain agents of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and also waterways conservation officers and other commissioned law enforcement personnel employed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission; and

Whereas, The types of Commonwealth law enforcement personnel eligible for the early retirement allowances does not currently include game wardens and other commissioned law enforcement personnel employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission; and

Whereas, Since 2000, both houses of the General Assembly have together introduced no less than 17 legislative bills aimed at amending the definition of ''enforcement officer'' to include game wardens (Game Commission officers) and other commissioned law enforcement personnel employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to bring these officers in parity with the other forms of law enforcement officers employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on matters related to retirement; and

Whereas, Despite steadfast and widespread support for parity, such legislation has not yet received successful passage into law.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Board of Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission does hereby support the General Assembly in giving further consideration of this matter through its future introduction of legislation aimed at amending the definition of ''enforcement officer'' in Section 5102 of the State Employees' Retirement Code to include game wardens (Game Commission officers) and other commissioned law enforcement personnel employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 Given under the hand and seal of the Board of Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission on this 29th day of January, 2019.

TIMOTHY S. LAYTON, 
President

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-195. Filed for public inspection February 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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