Any member who left county or district service on or before December 31, 1974, and became a member of a retirement system established under this chapter in another county or of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, who did not elect to, or was not eligible to, leave his or her contributions on deposit pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 31700) may now elect to leave his or her accumulated contributions on deposit pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 31700) by redepositing in the retirement fund of the county or district he or she left the amount of accumulated contributions and interest he or she withdrew from the retirement fund plus regular interest thereon from date of separation.

Any such member whose accumulated contributions are on deposit as provided in this section and any other member who left county or district service on or before December 31, 1974, who became a member of a retirement system established under this chapter in another county or of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and who elected to leave his or her accumulated contributions on deposit pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 31700) shall be eligible for the benefits provided in this article, and for purposes of these benefits shall be deemed to have entered membership in the other system within 90 days, or six months if Section 31840.4 applies, of his or her separation from county or district employment. The deferred retirement allowance for the member shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this chapter applicable to a member retiring directly from county employment on the date of his or her retirement. Any member who qualifies for a reduced age at entry pursuant to this section shall be entitled to use that age only from and after the date he or she completes the redeposit as provided in this section or, if he or she elected to leave his or her accumulated contributions on deposit pursuant to Article 9 (commencing with Section 31700), from and after the date he or she notifies the board in writing that he or she desires the benefits of this section. This section shall not apply to members who are retired or who are not in service of an employer making him or her a member of a retirement system established under this chapter or of the Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Unless this chapter expressly provides to the contrary, the retirement allowance received by a member pursuant to this section shall be calculated based upon the laws pertaining to the retirement system of the district or county as of the date of retirement and not the laws pertaining to the system as of the date the member first left county or district service.

This section shall not be applicable to any member entering service after December 31, 1979.

This section shall apply only in a county of the first class, as established by Sections 28020 and 28022, but shall not be operative in a county until adopted by resolution of the board of supervisors.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 22, Sec. 93. Effective January 1, 2006.)