|Passed by the House February 23, 2009|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 7, 2009
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1506 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2009 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/22/09. Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
AN ACT Relating to benefits for the survivors of certain firefighters; amending RCW 41.18.080 and 41.18.100; and adding a new section to chapter 41.18 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 41.18 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) Any retired firefighter married to a spouse ineligible for survivor benefits under RCW 41.18.040, 41.18.080, and 41.18.100 may choose an actuarially equivalent benefit adopted by the board that pays the retired firefighter a reduced retirement allowance, and upon death such portion of the retired firefighter's reduced retirement allowance as designated by the retired firefighter shall be continued throughout the life of the spouse.
(2) A retired firefighter who married a spouse ineligible for survivor benefits under RCW 41.18.040, 41.18.080, and 41.18.100 prior to the effective date of this section has one year after the effective date of this section to designate their spouse as a survivor beneficiary.
(3) The benefit provided to a child survivor beneficiary under RCW 41.18.040, 41.18.080, and 41.18.100 shall not be affected or reduced by the retired firefighter's selection of the actuarially reduced spousal survivor benefit provided by this section, and shall be equivalent to the amount payable as if the choice under subsection (1) of this section was not made.
(4)(a) Any retired firefighter who chose to receive a reduced retirement allowance under subsection (1) of this section is entitled to receive a retirement allowance adjusted in accordance with (b) of this subsection if:
(i) The retiree's survivor spouse designated in subsection (1) of this section predeceases the retiree; and
(ii) The retiree provides to the board proper proof of the designated beneficiary's death.
(b) The retirement allowance payable to the retiree from the beginning of the month following the date of the beneficiary's death shall be the current monthly amount payable as if the selection under subsection (1) of this section was not made.
Sec. 2 RCW 41.18.080 and 2007 c 218 s 49 are each amended to read
Any firefighter who has completed his or her probationary period and has been permanently appointed, and sustains a disability not in the performance of his or her duty which renders him or her unable to continue his or her service, may request to be retired by filing a written request with his or her retirement board within sixty days from the date of his or her disability. The board may, upon such request being filed, consult such medical advice as it deems fit and proper. If the board finds the firefighter capable of performing his or her duties, it may refuse to recommend retirement and order the firefighter back to duty. If no request for retirement has been received after the expiration of sixty days from the date of his or her disability, the board may recommend retirement of the firefighter. The board shall give the firefighter a thirty-day written notice of its recommendation, and he or she shall be retired upon expiration of said notice. Upon retirement he or she shall receive a pension equal to fifty percent of his or her basic salary. For a period of ninety days following such disability the firefighter shall receive an allowance from the fund equal to his or her basic salary. He or she shall during said ninety days be provided with such medical, hospital, and nursing care as the board deems proper. No funds shall be expended for such disability if the board determines that the firefighter was gainfully employed or engaged for compensation in other than fire department duty when the disability occurred, or if such disability was the result of dissipation or abuse. Whenever any firefighter shall die as a result of a disability sustained not in the line of duty, his widow or her widower shall receive a monthly pension equal to one-third of his or her basic salary ((
until remarried)); if such widow or widower has
dependent upon her or him for support a child or children of such
deceased firefighter, he or she shall receive an additional pension as
follows: One child, one-eighth of the deceased's basic salary; two
children, one-seventh; three or more children, one-sixth. If there be
no widow or widower, monthly payments equal to one-third of the
deceased firefighter's basic salary shall be made to his or her child
or children. The widow or widower may elect at any time in writing to
receive a cash settlement, and if the board after hearing finds it
financially beneficial to the pension fund, he or she may receive the
sum of five thousand dollars cash in lieu of all future monthly pension
payments, and other benefits, including benefits to any child and/or
Sec. 3 RCW 41.18.100 and 2007 c 218 s 51 are each amended to read
In the event a firefighter is killed in the performance of duty, or in the event a firefighter retired on account of service connected disability shall die from any cause, his widow or her widower shall receive a monthly pension under one of the following applicable provisions: (1) If a firefighter is killed in the line of duty his widow or her widower shall receive a monthly pension equal to fifty percent of his or her basic salary at the time of his or her death; (2) if a firefighter who has retired on account of a service connected disability dies, his widow or her widower shall receive a monthly pension equal to the amount of the monthly pension such retired firefighter was receiving at the time of his or her death. If she or he at any time so elects in writing and the board after hearing finds it to be financially beneficial to the pension fund, he or she may receive in lieu of all future monthly pension and other benefits, including benefits to child or children, the sum of five thousand dollars in cash. If there be no widow or widower at the time of such firefighter's death or upon the widow's or widower's death the monthly pension benefits ((
hereinabove)) provided for under this section shall
be paid to and divided among his or her child or children share and
share alike, until they reach the age of eighteen or are married,
whichever occurs first. (( The widow's or widower's monthly pension
benefit, including increased benefits to his or her children shall
cease if and when he or she remarries: PROVIDED, That no)) A pension
payable under the provisions of this section shall not be less than
that specified under RCW 41.18.200.