Texas Vernon’s Civil Statutes
Sec. § 9.10
Optional Retirement Annuity


(a)

An optional retirement annuity is an annuity that is certified by the boards actuary to be the actuarial equivalent of the annuity provided under Section 5.04 of this Act and the survivors benefits provided under Article 7 of this Act. An optional retirement annuity is payable throughout the life of the retiree.

(b)

Instead of the annuity payable under Section 5.04 of this Act, a member who retires may elect to receive an optional retirement annuity approved by the board of trustees under this section.

(c)

The survivors benefits provided under Article 7 of this Act are not payable on the death of a retiree who elects an optional retirement annuity under this section.

(d)

The board of trustees by rule may provide that:

(1)

an optional retirement annuity is payable after a members death throughout the life of a person designated by the member; or

(2)

if a retiree dies before a fixed number of monthly annuity payments are made, the remaining number of payments are payable to the retirees designated beneficiary or, if a designated beneficiary does not exist, to the retirees estate.

(e)

To elect an optional retirement annuity, a member must make the election and designate a beneficiary on a form prescribed by the board of trustees. The member must file the form with the board on or before the effective date of the members retirement.

(f)

Except as provided by Subsections (g), (h), and (i) of this section, if a member elects an optional retirement annuity that, on the members death, pays to the members spouse an amount that is less than 75 percent of the annuity that is payable during the joint lives of the member and the members spouse, the spouse must consent to the election. The spouses consent must be in writing and witnessed by an officer or employee of the fund or acknowledged by a notary public.

(g)

If a members spouse has been adjudicated incompetent, the consent required under Subsection (f) of this section may be given by the spouses guardian.

(h)

If a physician determines that a members spouse is not mentally capable of managing the spouses affairs, the consent required under Subsection (f) of this section may be given by the member if the member would be qualified to serve as a guardian of the spouse and the board of trustees determines that a guardianship of the estate is not necessary.

(i)

Spousal consent under Subsection (f) of this section is not required if the board of trustees determines that:

(1)

a spouse does not exist;

(2)

the spouse cannot be located;

(3)

the first anniversary of the marriage will not occur before the date the annuity first becomes payable; or

(4)

a former spouse is entitled to receive a portion of the members optional retirement benefit under a qualified domestic relations order.
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