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  S.B. No. 1667
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the administration of and benefits payable by the
  Teacher Retirement System of Texas and to certain domestic
  relations orders.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (i), Section 411.081, Government
  Code, as amended by Chapters 183 (H.B. 1830), 780 (S.B. 1056), 816
  (S.B. 1599), and 1027 (H.B. 4343), Acts of the 81st Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2009, is reenacted and amended to read as follows:
         (i)  A criminal justice agency may disclose criminal history
  record information that is the subject of an order of nondisclosure
  under Subsection (d) to the following noncriminal justice agencies
  or entities only:
               (1)  the State Board for Educator Certification;
               (2)  a school district, charter school, private school,
  regional education service center, commercial transportation
  company, or education shared service arrangement;
               (3)  the Texas Medical Board;
               (4)  the Texas School for the Blind and Visually
  Impaired;
               (5)  the Board of Law Examiners;
               (6)  the State Bar of Texas;
               (7)  a district court regarding a petition for name
  change under Subchapter B, Chapter 45, Family Code;
               (8)  the Texas School for the Deaf;
               (9)  the Department of Family and Protective Services;
               (10)  the Texas Youth Commission;
               (11)  the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
  Services;
               (12)  the Department of State Health Services, a local
  mental health service, a local mental retardation authority, or a
  community center providing services to persons with mental illness
  or retardation;
               (13)  the Texas Private Security Board;
               (14)  a municipal or volunteer fire department;
               (15)  the Texas Board of Nursing;
               (16)  a safe house providing shelter to children in
  harmful situations;
               (17)  a public or nonprofit hospital or hospital
  district;
               (18)  the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission;
               (19)  the securities commissioner, the banking
  commissioner, the savings and mortgage lending commissioner, or the
  credit union commissioner;
               (20)  the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy;
               (21)  the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation;
               (22)  the Health and Human Services Commission;
               (23)  the Department of Aging and Disability Services;
               (24)  the Texas Education Agency; [and]
               (25)  the Guardianship Certification Board; [and]
               (26)  a county clerk's office in relation to a
  proceeding for the appointment of a guardian under Chapter XIII,
  Texas Probate Code;
               (27) [(25)]  the Department of Information Resources
  but only regarding an employee, applicant for employment,
  contractor, subcontractor, intern, or volunteer who provides
  network security services under Chapter 2059 to:
                     (A)  the Department of Information Resources; or
                     (B)  a contractor or subcontractor of the
  Department of Information Resources;
               (28) [(25)]  the Court Reporters Certification Board;
  [and]
               (29) [(25)]  the Texas Department of Insurance; and
               (30)  the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter F, Chapter 411, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 411.0971 to read as follows:
         Sec. 411.0971.  ACCESS TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD
  INFORMATION: TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS.  (a)  The Teacher
  Retirement System of Texas is entitled to obtain from the
  department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice
  Information Services Division, or another law enforcement agency
  criminal history record information maintained by the department,
  division, or agency that relates to a person who:
               (1)  is an employee or an applicant for employment with
  the retirement system;
               (2)  is a consultant, contract employee, independent
  contractor, intern, or volunteer for the retirement system or an
  applicant to serve in one of those positions;
               (3)  proposes to enter into a contract with or has a
  contract with the retirement system to perform services for or
  supply goods to the retirement system; or
               (4)  is an employee or subcontractor, or an applicant
  to be an employee or subcontractor, of a contractor that provides
  services to the retirement system.
         (b)  Criminal history record information obtained by the
  Teacher Retirement System of Texas under Subsection (a) may not be
  released or disclosed to any person except:
               (1)  on court order;
               (2)  with the consent of the person who is the subject
  of the criminal history record information; or
               (3)  to a federal agency as required by federal law or
  executive order.
         (c)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas shall destroy
  criminal history record information obtained under this section
  after the information is used for the purposes authorized by this
  section.
         (d)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas may provide a
  copy of the criminal history record information obtained from the
  department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice
  Information Services Division, or other law enforcement agency to
  the individual who is the subject of the information.
         (e)  The failure or refusal of an employee or applicant to
  provide the following on request constitutes good cause for
  dismissal or refusal to hire:
               (1)  a complete set of fingerprints;
               (2)  a true and complete name; or
               (3)  other information necessary for a law enforcement
  entity to obtain criminal history record information.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter F, Chapter 551, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 551.130 to read as follows:
         Sec. 551.130.  BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF TEACHER RETIREMENT
  SYSTEM OF TEXAS:  QUORUM PRESENT AT ONE LOCATION. (a)  In this
  section, "board" means the board of trustees of the Teacher
  Retirement System of Texas.
         (b)  This chapter does not prohibit the board or a board
  committee from holding an open or closed meeting by telephone
  conference call.
         (c)  The board or a board committee may hold a meeting by
  telephone conference call only if a quorum of the applicable board
  or board committee is physically present at one location of the
  meeting.
         (d)  A telephone conference call meeting is subject to the
  notice requirements applicable to other meetings.  The notice must
  also specify:
               (1)  the location of the meeting where a quorum of the
  board or board committee, as applicable, will be physically
  present; and
               (2)  the intent to have a quorum present at that
  location.
         (e)  The location where a quorum is physically present must
  be open to the public during the open portions of a telephone
  conference call meeting. The open portions of the meeting must be
  audible to the public at the location where the quorum is present
  and be tape-recorded at that location. The tape recording shall be
  made available to the public.
         (f)  The location of the meeting shall provide two-way
  communication during the entire telephone conference call meeting,
  and the identification of each party to the telephone conference
  call must be clearly stated before the party speaks.
         (g)  The authority provided by this section is in addition to
  the authority provided by Section 551.125.
         (h)  A member of the board who participates in a board or
  board committee meeting by telephone conference call but is not
  physically present at the location of the meeting is not considered
  to be absent from the meeting for any purpose. The vote of a member
  of the board who participates in a board or board committee meeting
  by telephone conference call is counted for the purpose of
  determining the number of votes cast on a motion or other
  proposition before the board or board committee.
         (i)  A member of the board may participate remotely by
  telephone conference call instead of by being physically present at
  the location of a board meeting for not more than one board meeting
  per calendar year. A board member who participates remotely in any
  portion of a board meeting by telephone conference call is
  considered to have participated in the entire board meeting by
  telephone conference call. For purposes of the limit provided by
  this subsection, remote participation by telephone conference call
  in a meeting of a board committee does not count as remote
  participation by telephone conference call in a meeting of the
  board, even if:
               (1)  a quorum of the full board attends the board
  committee meeting; or
               (2)  notice of the board committee meeting is also
  posted as notice of a board meeting.
         (j)  A person who is not a member of the board may not speak
  at the meeting from a remote location by telephone conference call,
  except as provided by Section 551.129.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter C, Chapter 552, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 552.153 to read as follows:
         Sec. 552.153.  EXCEPTION: NAME OF APPLICANT FOR EXECUTIVE
  DIRECTOR, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OR CHIEF AUDIT EXECUTIVE OF
  TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS. The name of an applicant for
  the position of executive director, chief investment officer, or
  chief audit executive of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas is
  excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021, except that the
  board of trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas must
  give public notice of the names of three finalists being considered
  for one of those positions at least 21 days before the date of the
  meeting at which the final action or vote is to be taken on choosing
  a finalist for employment.
         SECTION 5.  Section 804.003, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (f) and (g) and adding Subsection (p) to read
  as follows:
         (f)  A domestic relations order is a qualified domestic
  relations order only if such order:
               (1)  clearly specifies the:
                     (A)  name[, social security number,] and last
  known mailing address[, if any,] of:
                           (i)  the member or retiree; and
                           (ii)  [the name, social security number, and
  mailing address of] each alternate payee covered by the order; and
                     (B)  social security number, or an express
  authorization for the parties to use an alternate method acceptable
  to the public retirement system to verify the social security
  number, of the member or retiree and each alternate payee covered by
  the order;
               (2)  clearly specifies the amount or percentage of the
  member's or retiree's benefits to be paid by a public retirement
  system to each such alternate payee or the manner in which such
  amount or percentage is to be determined;
               (3)  clearly specifies the number of payments or the
  period to which such order applies;
               (4)  clearly specifies that such order applies to a
  designated public retirement system;
               (5)  does not require the public retirement system to
  provide any type or form of benefit or any option not otherwise
  provided under the plan;
               (6)  does not require the public retirement system to
  provide increased benefits determined on the basis of actuarial
  value;
               (7)  does not require the payment of benefits to an
  alternate payee which are required to be paid to another alternate
  payee under another order previously determined to be a qualified
  domestic relations order; and
               (8)  does not require the payment of benefits to an
  alternate payee before the retirement of a member, the distribution
  of a withdrawal of contributions to a member, or other distribution
  to a member required by law.
         (g)  A public retirement system may reject a domestic
  relations order as a qualified domestic relations order unless the
  order:
               (1)  provides for a proportional reduction of the
  amount awarded to an alternate payee in the event of the retirement
  of the member before normal retirement age;
               (2)  does not purport to require the designation of a
  particular person as the recipient of benefits in the event of a
  member's or annuitant's death;
               (3)  does not purport to require the selection of a
  particular benefit payment plan or option;
               (4)  provides clearly for each possible benefit
  distribution under plan provisions;
               (5)  does not require any action on the part of the
  retirement system contrary to its governing statutes or plan
  provision other than the direct payment of the benefit awarded to an
  alternate payee;
               (6)  does not make the award of an interest contingent
  on any condition other than those conditions resulting in the
  liability of a retirement system for payments under its plan
  provisions;
               (7)  does not purport to award any future benefit
  increases that are provided or required by the legislature; [and]
               (8)  provides for a proportional reduction of the
  amount awarded to an alternate payee in the event that benefits
  available to the retiree or member are reduced by law; and
               (9)  if required by the retirement system, conforms to
  a model order adopted by the retirement system.
         (p)  A public retirement system may assess administrative
  fees on a party who is subject to a domestic relations order for the
  review of the order under this subchapter and, as applicable, for
  the administration of payments under an order that is determined to
  be qualified.  In addition to other methods of collecting fees that
  a retirement system may establish, the retirement system may deduct
  fees from payments made under the order.
         SECTION 6.  Section 821.008, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 821.008.  PURPOSE OF RETIREMENT SYSTEM. (a)  The
  purpose of the retirement system is to invest and protect funds of
  the retirement system and to deliver the benefits provided by
  statute, not to advocate or influence legislative action or
  inaction or to advocate higher benefits.
         (b)  This section does not prohibit comments by an employee
  of the retirement system on federal laws, regulations, or other
  official actions or proposed actions affecting or potentially
  affecting the retirement system that are made in accordance with
  policies adopted by the board.
         SECTION 7.  Section 823.002, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (b) to read as follows:
         (b)  A member shall notify the retirement system in writing
  of membership service that has not been properly credited by the
  retirement system on an annual statement.  The member must provide
  verification and make deposits as required by the retirement system
  before the service may be credited.  A member must notify the
  retirement system of the service in writing on or before the last
  day of the fifth school year after the end of the school year in
  which the service was rendered for the service to be credited.
         SECTION 8.  Subchapter A, Chapter 824, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 824.008 to read as follows:
         Sec. 824.008.  DEDUCTIONS FROM AMOUNTS PAYABLE BY THE
  RETIREMENT SYSTEM. (a)  Notwithstanding Section 821.005, the
  retirement system may deduct the amount of a person's indebtedness
  to the retirement system from an amount payable by the retirement
  system to the person or the person's estate and the distributees of
  the estate.
         (b)  If the retirement system makes a payment to a
  participant who is deceased and the payment is not payable, the
  retirement system may deduct the amount of the payment from any
  amount payable by the retirement system to a person who received the
  payment or to that person's estate and distributees of the estate.
         SECTION 9.  Section 824.1013, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (c-1) to read as follows:
         (c-1)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c), a beneficiary
  designated under this section is entitled on the retiree's death to
  receive monthly payments of the survivor's portion of the retiree's
  optional retirement annuity for the remainder of the beneficiary's
  life if the beneficiary designated at the time of the retiree's
  retirement is a trust and the beneficiary designated under this
  section is the sole beneficiary of that trust.
         SECTION 10.  Subsection (a), Section 824.103, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Benefits payable on the death of a member or annuitant,
  except an optional retirement annuity under Section 824.204(c)(1),
  (c)(2), or (c)(5), are payable, and rights to elect survivor
  benefits, if applicable, are available, to one of the classes of
  persons described in Subsection (b), if:
               (1)  the member or annuitant fails to designate a
  beneficiary before death;
               (2)  a designated beneficiary does not survive the
  member or annuitant; [or]
               (3)  a designated beneficiary, under Section 824.004,
  waives claims to benefits payable on the death of the member or
  annuitant;
               (4)  a beneficiary designation is revoked under Section
  824.101(g); or
               (5)  a person is not eligible to receive a benefit under
  Section 824.105.
         SECTION 11.  Section 824.105, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (a), (c), and (d) and adding Subsection (f) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A benefit payable on the death of a member or annuitant
  may not be paid to a person who has been convicted of causing that
  death or who is otherwise ineligible under Subsection (f) but
  instead is payable to a person who would be entitled to the benefit
  had the convicted or otherwise ineligible person predeceased the
  decedent.
         (c)  The retirement system shall reduce any annuity computed
  in part on the age of the convicted or otherwise ineligible person
  to a lump sum equal to the present value of the remainder of the
  annuity. The reduced amount is payable to a person entitled as
  provided by this section to receive the benefit.
         (d)  The retirement system is not required to pay benefits
  under this section unless it receives actual notice of the
  conviction or other ground of ineligibility of a beneficiary.
  However, the retirement system may delay payment of a benefit
  payable on the death of a member or annuitant pending the results of
  a criminal investigation and of legal proceedings relating to the
  cause of death.
         (f)  A person is ineligible to receive a benefit payable on
  the death of a member or annuitant if the person is:
               (1)  found not guilty by reason of insanity under
  Chapter 46C, Code of Criminal Procedure, of causing the death of the
  member or annuitant; or
               (2)  the subject of an indictment, information,
  complaint, or other charging instrument alleging that the person
  caused the death of the member or annuitant and the person is
  determined to be incompetent to stand trial under Chapter 46B, Code
  of Criminal Procedure.
         SECTION 12.  Subsections (a-1) and (b-1), Section 824.202,
  Government Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a-1)  This subsection applies only to a person who becomes a
  member of the retirement system on or after September 1, 2007
  [2006].  A member subject to this subsection is eligible to retire
  and receive a standard service retirement annuity if:
               (1)  the member is at least 65 years old and has at
  least five years of service credit in the retirement system; or
               (2)  the member is at least 60 years old and has at
  least five years of service credit in the retirement system and the
  sum of the member's age and amount of service credit in the
  retirement system equals the number 80.
         (b-1)  This subsection applies only to a person who becomes a
  member of the retirement system on or after September 1, 2007
  [2006].  If a member subject to this subsection is at least 55 years
  old and has at least five years of service credit in the retirement
  system, but does not meet the requirements under Subsection (d-1),
  the member is eligible to retire and receive a service retirement
  annuity reduced from the standard service retirement annuity
  available under Subsection (a-1)(1), to a percentage derived from
  the following table:
 
Age at date of 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65
 
retirement                      
 
Percentage of 47% 51% 55% 59% 63% 67% 73% 80% 87% 93% 100%
 
standard annuity                      
 
receivable                      
         SECTION 13.  Section 824.405, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 824.405.  TABLES FOR DETERMINATION OF DEATH BENEFIT
  ANNUITY. For the purpose of computing a death benefit annuity under
  Section 824.402(a)(4) or Section 824.403, the board of trustees
  shall extend the tables[:
               [(1)]  in Section 824.202 [824.202(b) or (b-1), as
  applicable,] to ages earlier than indicated in the tables [55
  years] by actuarially reducing the benefit available under the
  applicable table [at the age of 55 years] to the actuarial
  equivalent at the attained age of the member [beneficiary; and
               [(2)     in Section 824.202(b) or (d-1), as applicable, to
  ages earlier than the earliest retirement age by actuarially
  reducing the benefit available at the earliest retirement age to
  the actuarial equivalent at the attained age of the beneficiary].
         SECTION 14.  Section 825.002, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (f) and (g) and adding Subsection (h) to read
  as follows:
         (f)  Persons considered for nomination under Subsection (c),
  (d), or (e) must have been nominated [by written ballot] at an
  election conducted under rules adopted by the board of trustees.
         (g)  To provide for the nomination of persons for appointment
  under Subsection (d), the board shall send to each retiree of the
  retirement system:
               (1)  notice of the deadline for filing as a candidate
  for nomination;
               (2)  information on procedures to follow in filing as a
  candidate; and
               (3)  instructions on how to request a paper ballot or
  vote in another manner established by the board, including by
  telephone or other electronic means [a written ballot].
         (h)  If only two persons are nominated under Subsection (c),
  (d), or (e), the governor shall appoint a member of the board to the
  applicable trustee position from the slate of two nominated
  persons.  If only one person is nominated under Subsection (c), (d),
  or (e), the governor shall appoint that person to the applicable
  trustee position. If no member or retiree is nominated for a
  position under Subsection (c), (d), or (e), the governor shall
  appoint to the applicable trustee position a person who otherwise
  meets the qualifications required for the position.
         SECTION 15.  Subsection (c), Section 825.206, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (c)  The board of trustees annually shall evaluate the
  performance of the actuary during the previous year. At least once
  every four [three] years, the board shall redesignate its actuary
  after advertising for and reviewing proposals from providers of
  actuarial services.
         SECTION 16.  Section 825.215, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 825.215.  ADVOCACY PROHIBITED. (a)  An employee of the
  retirement system may not advocate increased benefits or engage in
  activities to advocate or influence legislative action or inaction.
  Advocacy or activity of this nature is grounds for dismissal of an
  employee.
         (b)  This section does not prohibit comments by an employee
  of the retirement system on federal laws, regulations, or other
  official actions or proposed actions affecting or potentially
  affecting the retirement system that are made in accordance with
  policies adopted by the board.
         SECTION 17.  Section 825.315, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 825.315.  PROHIBITED USE OF ASSETS. (a)  Assets of the
  retirement system may not be used to advocate or influence the
  outcome of an election or the passage or defeat of any legislative
  measure. This prohibition may not be construed to prevent any
  trustee or employee from furnishing information in the hands of the
  trustee or employee that is not considered confidential under law
  to a member or committee of the legislature, to any other state
  officer or employee, or to any private citizen, at the request of
  the person or entity to whom the information is furnished. This
  prohibition does not apply to the incidental use of retirement
  system facilities by groups of members or retirees or by officers or
  employees of state agencies.
         (b)  This section does not prohibit the use of system assets
  by an employee of the retirement system to comment on federal laws,
  regulations, or other official actions or proposed actions
  affecting or potentially affecting the retirement system that are
  made in accordance with policies adopted by the board.
         SECTION 18.  Section 825.408, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 825.408.  INTEREST ON CONTRIBUTIONS AND FEES; DEPOSITS
  IN TRUST. (a)  An employer [employing district] that fails to
  remit, before the seventh day after the last day of a month, all
  member and employer deposits and documentation of the deposits
  required by this subchapter to be remitted by the employer
  [district] for the month shall pay to the retirement system, in
  addition to the deposits, interest on the unpaid or undocumented
  amounts at an annual rate compounded monthly. The rate of interest
  is the rate established under Section 825.313(b)(1), plus two
  percent. Interest required under this section is creditable to the
  interest account. On request, the retirement system may grant a
  waiver of the deadline imposed by this subsection based on an
  employer's [a district's] financial or technological resources.
         (b)  An employer [employing district] and its trustees or
  other governing body hold amounts due to the retirement system
  under this subtitle in trust for the retirement system and its
  members and may not divert the amounts to any other purpose.
         SECTION 19.  Subsection (b), Section 825.507, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The retirement system may release records of a
  participant, including a participant to which Chapter 803 applies,
  to:
               (1)  the participant or the participant's attorney or
  guardian or another person who the executive director determines is
  acting on behalf of the participant;
               (2)  the executor or administrator of the deceased
  participant's estate, including information relating to the
  deceased participant's beneficiary, or if an executor or
  administrator of the deceased participant's estate has not been
  named, a person or entity who the executive director determines is
  acting in the interest of the deceased participant's estate, or an
  heir, legatee, or devisee of the deceased participant;
               (3)  a spouse or former spouse of the participant if the
  executive director determines that the information is relevant to
  the spouse's or former spouse's interest in member accounts,
  benefits, or other amounts payable by the retirement system;
               (4)  an administrator, carrier, consultant, attorney,
  or agent acting on behalf of the retirement system;
               (5)  a governmental entity, an employer, or the
  designated agent of an employer, only to the extent the retirement
  system needs to share the information to perform the purposes of the
  retirement system, as determined by the executive director;
               (6)  a person authorized by the participant in writing
  to receive the information;
               (7)  a federal, state, or local criminal law
  enforcement agency that requests a record for a law enforcement
  purpose;
               (8)  the attorney general to the extent necessary to
  enforce child support; or
               (9)  a party in response to a subpoena issued under
  applicable law if the executive director determines that the
  participant will have a reasonable opportunity to contest the
  subpoena.
         SECTION 20.  Subsection (a), Section 825.515, Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  At least annually, the retirement system shall acquire
  and maintain records identifying members and the types of positions
  they hold as members.  The type of position shall be identified as
  Administrative/Professional, Teacher/Full-Time Librarian,
  Support, [or] Bus Driver, or Peace Officer.  For each member
  identified as a Peace Officer, the records must specify whether the
  member is an employee of an institution of higher education or of a
  public school that is not an institution of higher education.  An
  employer shall provide the information required by this section in
  the form and manner specified by the retirement system.
         SECTION 21.  Subdivision (1), Section 1575.003, Insurance
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
               (1)  "Dependent" means:
                     (A)  the spouse of a retiree;
                     (B)  an unmarried child of a retiree or deceased
  active member if the child is younger than 25 years of age,
  including:
                           (i)  an adopted child;
                           (ii)  a foster child, stepchild, or other
  child who is in a regular parent-child relationship; or
                           (iii)  a recognized natural child;
                     (C)  a retiree's recognized natural child,
  adopted child, foster child, stepchild, or other child who is in a
  regular parent-child relationship and who lives with or has his or
  her care provided by the retiree or surviving spouse on a regular
  basis regardless of the child's age, if the child has a mental
  disability [is mentally retarded] or is physically incapacitated to
  an extent that the child is dependent on the retiree or surviving
  spouse for care or support, as determined by the trustee; or
                     (D)  a deceased active member's recognized
  natural child, adopted child, foster child, stepchild, or other
  child who is in a regular parent-child relationship, without regard
  to the age of the child, if, while the active member was alive, the
  child:
                           (i)  lived with or had the child's care
  provided by the active member on a regular basis; and
                           (ii)  had a mental disability [was mentally
  retarded] or was physically incapacitated to an extent that the
  child was dependent on the active member or surviving spouse for
  care or support, as determined by the trustee.
         SECTION 22.  Section 1575.206, Insurance Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 1575.206.  CONTRIBUTIONS HELD IN TRUST FOR FUND. An
  employing public school [district] and its governing body
  [trustees]:
               (1)  hold contributions required by this subchapter in
  trust for the fund and its participants; and
               (2)  may not divert the contributions for any other
  purpose.
         SECTION 23.  Section 1575.207, Insurance Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 1575.207.  INTEREST ASSESSED ON LATE PAYMENT OF
  DEPOSITS BY EMPLOYING PUBLIC SCHOOLS [SCHOOL DISTRICTS]. (a)  An
  employing public school [district] that does not remit to the
  trustee all contributions required by this subchapter before the
  seventh day after the last day of the month shall pay to the fund:
               (1)  the contributions; and
               (2)  interest on the unpaid amounts at the annual rate
  of six percent compounded monthly.
         (b)  On request, the trustee may grant a waiver of the
  deadline imposed by this section based on an employing public
  school's [district's] financial or technological resources.
         SECTION 24.  Section 1579.004, Insurance Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 1579.004.  DEFINITION OF DEPENDENT. In this chapter,
  "dependent" means:
               (1)  a spouse of a full-time employee or part-time
  employee;
               (2)  an unmarried child of a full-time or part-time
  employee if the child is younger than 25 years of age, including:
                     (A)  an adopted child;
                     (B)  a foster child, stepchild, or other child who
  is in a regular parent-child relationship; and
                     (C)  a recognized natural child;
               (3)  a full-time or part-time employee's recognized
  natural child, adopted child, foster child, stepchild, or other
  child who is in a regular parent-child relationship and who lives
  with or has his or her care provided by the employee or the
  surviving spouse on a regular basis, regardless of the child's age,
  if the child has a mental disability [is mentally retarded] or is 
  physically incapacitated to an extent that the child is dependent
  on the employee or surviving spouse for care or support, as
  determined by the board of trustees; and
               (4)  notwithstanding any other provision of this code,
  any other dependent of a full-time or part-time employee specified
  by rules adopted by the board of trustees.
         SECTION 25.  A member of the Teacher Retirement System of
  Texas who seeks credit under Subsection (b), Section 823.002,
  Government Code, as added by this Act, for service rendered before
  September 1, 2011, but not properly credited to a member's annual
  statement, must notify the retirement system not later than the
  date specified in Subsection (b), Section 823.002, Government Code,
  as added by this Act, or August 31, 2016, whichever is later.
         SECTION 26.  (a)  The change in law made by this Act to
  Section 804.003, Government Code, applies only to a qualified
  domestic relations order entered on or after the effective date of
  this Act. A qualified domestic relations order entered before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect
  immediately before that date, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         (b)  The changes in law made by this Act to Section 824.105,
  Government Code, apply only to the death of a member or annuitant of
  the Teacher Retirement System of Texas that is caused by conduct
  that occurs on or after the effective date of this Act. The death of
  a member or annuitant that is caused by conduct that occurs before
  the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect
  immediately before that date, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         (c)  The change in law made by this Act to Section 825.002,
  Government Code, applies only to a vacancy on the board of trustees
  of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas for a term that expires on
  or after the effective date of this Act. A vacancy for a term that
  expires before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law
  in effect immediately before that date, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         (d)  The change in law made by this Act to Subsection (b),
  Section 825.507, Government Code, applies only to the release of
  records by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas on or after the
  effective date of this Act.  The release of records before the
  effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect
  immediately before that date, and the former law is continued in
  effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 27.  (a)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a), Section
  825.404, Government Code, for the state fiscal year ending August
  31, 2012, the amount of the state contribution to the Teacher
  Retirement System of Texas under that section may be less than the
  amount contributed by members during that fiscal year.
         (b)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a), Section 1575.202,
  Insurance Code, for the state fiscal year ending August 31, 2013,
  the state may contribute an amount to the retired school employees
  group insurance fund that is less than one percent of the salary of
  each active employee.
         SECTION 28.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1667 passed the Senate on
  April 29, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1667 passed the House on
  May 20, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 149, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor