Powers and duties of the board
(1)The board shall:
(a)Establish standards for determining the actuarial soundness of:
(I)The pension plans in the defined benefit system and the affiliated old hire plans and the affiliated exempt plans with assets in the fire and police members’ benefit investment fund, in accordance with section 31-31-301 (1); and
(II)Alternative pension plans having defined benefits in whole or in part established pursuant to section 31-31-601 (1). Based upon such standards, the board shall require biennial actuarial reviews of such plans with the cost of the reviews to be paid by employers having established such plans.
(b)Establish standards for benefit projections for money purchase plans;
(c)Establish criteria for the determination of disability to administer the provisions of section 31-31-803;
(d)Promulgate rules relating to standards for disclosure of all ramifications of and procedures for obtaining the member approval provided for in section 31-31-601 (1);
(e)Administer or provide for the administration and, in accordance with the provisions of sections 31-31-302 (1) and 31-31-303, the investment of the fire and police members’ benefit investment fund and the fire and police members’ self-directed investment fund;
(g)Review or initiate proposed legislation affecting or related to the provisions of this article and article 30.5 of this title;
(h)Provide for disbursements from the fire and police members’ benefit investment fund created by section 31-31-301 (1) and from the fire and police members’ self-directed investment fund created by section 31-31-301 (4). Such disbursements shall be made only for payment of the expenses of the association, payment of refunds to members, payment of survivor, disability, or retirement benefits, or for purposes of investment.
(i)Make such modifications to the minimum annual rates of contribution certified to municipalities, fire protection districts, and county improvement districts as may be justified by actuarial studies approved by the board, subject to the requirements of section 31-30.5-304. In addition, the board shall supervise the establishment of such minimum annual rates of contribution for any nonexempt municipalities, fire protection districts, or county improvement districts that, for any reason, did not receive such minimum annual rate of contribution. Such establishment and modification of minimum annual rates of contribution shall be conducted substantially in the manner provided by procedural regulations promulgated by the board.
(j)Promulgate such rules as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this article and article 30.5 of this title;
(k)Approve or deny applications for coverage under the statewide money purchase plan pursuant to section 31-31-501.
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(a)The board has the sole power to determine eligibility for retirement for disability, whether total or occupational, for any police officer or firefighter in this state whether or not such member is covered by the provisions of this article, except for the following:
(I)Those police officers and firefighters having social security coverage and not affiliated as to disability; and
(II)Those police officers and firefighters whose employers have established exempt alternative pension plans, including exempt alternative defined benefit plans that are administered on an actuarially sound basis, based upon assumptions and methodology adopted by the board for statewide use, on or before December 1, 1978, in accordance with the provisions of part 8 of article 30.5 of this title, unless such plans have elected to become covered under the statewide death and disability plan pursuant to section 31-31-802 (1).
(b)Except as provided in this subsection (2), the final power to determine disability status is vested in the board, but each employer shall determine whether positions are available for disabled members and shall make such appointments to such positions as it deems necessary.
(3)Under the direction of the board, each employer, including employers not covered by or specifically exempted from the statewide retirement plan in accordance with the provisions of section 31-31-401 (1), shall furnish such information and shall keep such records as the board may require for the discharge of its duties.
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(a)Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (d) of this subsection (4), the board shall provide for and determine the cost of a statewide accidental death and disability insurance policy to cover all volunteer firefighters serving in volunteer or paid and volunteer fire departments, the insurance to be applicable only when serving as a volunteer firefighter. The policy shall be paid for as provided in section 31-30-1112 (2)(h)(II) from proceeds of the tax imposed by section 10-3-209, C.R.S.
(b)Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (d) of this subsection (4), the board shall set the amount of coverage to be provided for each volunteer firefighter, take competitive bids for the policy from insurers, and make such rules as may be necessary to provide for the policy.
(c)The insurer shall have sole power to determine disability for volunteer firefighters under the policy provided by this subsection (4).
(d)On and after July 1, 2004, the responsibility to provide a statewide accidental death and disability insurance policy to cover all volunteer firefighters serving in volunteer or paid and volunteer fire departments shall be the responsibility of the department of local affairs pursuant to section 31-30-1134.
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(a)The board, in the performance of its duties under this article, shall have the power of subpoena over persons, and books, papers, records, and other things, and such power shall be enforceable by the courts; except that no subpoena shall be issued until the subpoena has been approved by a vote of the board.
(b)The chair of the board, or any other member of the board designated by the chair, shall have the power to administer oaths, in the performance of the duties of the board under this article.
(5.5)The board may release the names and addresses of retirees of a plan affiliated with the fire and police pension association pursuant to part 7 of this article to the local pension board of the affiliated plan if:
(a)The local pension board has filed a written request in the manner prescribed by the association; and
(b)The local pension board has provided the board with written assurances that the information requested will be used only for pension-related purposes.
(6)The board shall have such other powers and duties as are specifically granted pursuant to this article and parts 1 to 7 of article 30.5 of this title.
(7)The board may promulgate rules for the assessment of interest, including the waiver of interest for good cause, on unpaid contributions to statewide plans. Interest shall accrue at the rate of one-half of one percent per month.
(8)The board may assess the reasonable actuarial, audit, and operational costs incurred by the association related to compliance with regulatory requirements which are attributable to employers with members participating in plans administered by the association. Alternatively, the board may find such costs to be de minimis and pay the costs from the plan assets.
Section 31-31-202 — Powers and duties of the board,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-31.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).