• (a)

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 8-35-101

      • Attorney general: means the attorney general and reporter and any assistant thereto by whatever name known, any district attorney general and any assistant thereto by whatever name called, and any officer or full-time employee of the general assembly or any committee thereof established by statute, who is duly licensed to practice law in Tennessee, whose duty it is to provide facilities for drafting bills or to assist individual legislators in drafting bills or who renders legal advice and services to the members of the general assembly or committees thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • board: means the board provided for in part 3 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Commissioner: means any person in office as a member of the public service commission, as prescribed by title 65, chapter 1, prior to June 30, 1996. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • County judge: means any person who is, or when such office existed was, a judge of a general sessions court, trial justice court, county chair, county judge, probate judge, or judge of a juvenile and/or domestic relations court, and whose compensation for such judicial service is paid wholly by a county of the state, or any person who is a county attorney who receives regular monthly or quarterly compensation from a county of the state, or any county manager or county administrator who receives regular monthly or quarterly compensation from a county of the state. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Firefighter: means a person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title who is a member of the fire department of such political subdivision, and is trained in firefighting and actively engaged in such work or subject to call for such services, providing such person's primary livelihood is derived from such work. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • General employee: means any person who is a state official, including legislative officials elected by the general assembly, or who is employed in the service of, and whose compensation is payable in whole or in part by, the state, including employees under supervision of the state whose compensation is paid, in whole or in part, from federal or other funds, or any person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title, or of the Tennessee County Services Association, but does not include any teacher, state police officer, wildlife officer, firefighter, police officer, state judge, county judge, attorney general, governor, or county official or public service commissioner, or any person performing services on a contractual or percentage basis. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Internal Revenue Code: means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, codified in United States Code, title 26, as amended. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Member: means any person included in the membership of the retirement system, as provided in chapter 35, part 1 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Police officer: means a person in the employ of a political subdivision participating under chapter 35, part 2 of this title who is a member of the police department of such political subdivision and is trained in police work and actively engaged in such work. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Prior service: means service rendered prior to the date of membership in the retirement system for which credit was given under the terms of one (1) or more of the superseded systems as provided in part 6 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Retirement: means withdrawal from membership with a retirement allowance granted under chapters 34-37 of this title. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Retirement system: means the Tennessee consolidated retirement system as defined in §§. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • State: means the state of Tennessee. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • State judge: means any person in office as a judge of a court of record in this state, whose salary for the judge's judicial position has been paid during the period of the judge's service wholly from the treasury of the state, including the administrative director of the courts. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • State police officer: means any commissioned member of the department of safety, and any agent of the Tennessee bureau of investigation. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Superseded system: means , where applicable, the Tennessee state retirement system, the Tennessee teachers' retirement system, the Tennessee judges' retirement system, the retirement system for county paid judges of Tennessee, the attorneys general retirement system of Tennessee, the public service commissioners' retirement system, and the Tennessee retirement system for county officials, any one (1) of them, or any combination thereof. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • Wildlife officer: means any commissioned employee of the wildlife resources agency engaged in law enforcement activities on a day-to-day basis. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
      • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (1) Any person who becomes a teacher, a general employee, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a firefighter or a police officer on or after July 1, 1972, shall become a member of the retirement system as a condition of employment.

    • (2) Notwithstanding this section or any other law to the contrary, no state department, commission, institution, board, agency, instrumentality or entity of or affiliated with state government shall be authorized to cover its otherwise eligible employees in the retirement system unless the general assembly approves the annual operating budget for the entity, or unless the entity has specific Tennessee state statutory authority to cover its otherwise eligible employees in the retirement system and the entity obtains written advice from nationally recognized counsel employed by the retirement system in the area of government employee benefit plans that the entity is eligible to participate in a governmental plan as defined by Internal Revenue Code § 414(d) (26 U.S.C. § 414(d)), as amended. The foregoing also applies to any person seeking admission to the retirement system whose compensation is paid, in whole or in part, from funds not appropriated by the general assembly. Notwithstanding this section or any other law to the contrary, the funds necessary to fund any prior service of such persons must be appropriated by the general assembly or paid by another governmental entity.

  • (b) Any person who on June 30, 1972, is a member of a superseded system shall become a member of the retirement system as of July 1, 1972.

  • (c) Any person who on June 30, 1972, is not a member of a superseded system and who is employed as a general employee, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a state judge, a county judge, an attorney general, a commissioner, a person in the employ of a political subdivision of the state participating in the retirement system pursuant to part 2 of this chapter or a teacher other than a teacher eligible for membership in a local retirement system, may elect to become a member of the retirement system as of July 1, 1972; provided, that within ninety (90) days following July 1, 1972, such person files with the board of trustees on a form prescribed by the board a notice of such person’s election to become a member. Any employee may elect to become a member; provided, that such person files with the board of trustees a notice of election to become a member.