WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE
2022 REGULAR SESSION
House Bill 4433
By Delegates Storch, Gearhart, Evans, Anderson, Bates, and Pethtel
(By Request of the Municipal Pensions Oversight Board)
January 31, 2022; referred to
the Committee on Pensions and Retirement then Finance]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-22-25b, relating to providing that the right to benefits are not subject to execution; prohibiting assignments; relating to deductions for group insurance; providing setoffs for fraud; providing an exception for certain domestic relations orders; and providing that assets are exempt from taxes.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 22. RETIREMENT BENEFITS GENERALLY; POLICEMEN’S PENSION AND RELIEF FUND; FIREMEN’S PENSION AND RELIEF FUND; PENSION PLANS FOR EMPLOYEES OF WATERWORKS SYSTEM, SEWERAGE SYSTEM OR COMBINED WATERWORKS AND SEWERAGE SYSTEM.
§8-22-25b. Right to benefits not subject to execution, etc.; assignments prohibited; deductions for group insurance; setoffs for fraud; exception for certain domestic relations orders; assets exempt from taxes.
The right of a person to any benefit provided in this article shall not be subject to execution, attachment, garnishment, the operation of bankruptcy or insolvency laws, or other process whatsoever, nor shall any assignment thereof be enforceable in any court except that the benefits or contributions under municipal policemen’s pension and relief funds and firemen’s pension and relief funds shall be subject to “qualified domestic relations orders” as that term is defined in Section 414(p) of the Internal Revenue Code as applicable to governmental plans: Provided, That should a member be covered by a group insurance or prepayment plan participated in by a participating municipality, and should he or she be permitted to, and elect to, continue such coverage as a retirant, he or she may authorize the board of trustees to have deducted from his or her retirement pension the payments required of him or her to continue coverage under such group insurance or prepayment plan: Provided, however, That a participating municipality shall have the right of setoff for any claim arising from embezzlement by, or fraud of, a member, retirant or beneficiary. The assets of the retirement system are exempt from state, county and municipal taxes.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that the right to benefits is not subject to execution. The bill is to prohibit assignments. The bill relates to deductions for group insurance. The bill provides setoffs for fraud. The bill provides an exception for certain domestic relations orders. Finally, the bill provides that assets are exempt from taxes.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.