A political subdivision may, by resolution legally adopted and approved by its chief governing body, establish an investment trust for the purpose of pre-funding other post-employment benefits accrued by employees of the political subdivision, to be paid as they come due in accordance with the arrangements between the employers, the plan members and their beneficiaries. This authorization shall be subject to the following conditions:

  1. The chief governing body must establish a written plan of the post- employment benefits provided;
    1. The investment committee of the political subdivision must adopt, in writing, an investment policy authorizing how assets in the trust may be invested. The policy shall not authorize assets in the trust to be invested in any instrument, obligation, security, or property that would not constitute a legal investment for assets of Tennessee domestic life insurance companies;
    2. Notwithstanding subdivision (2)(A), the investment committee of a political subdivision may adopt, in writing, an investment policy authorizing assets in the trust to be invested and managed in accordance with the investment policy the political subdivision utilizes to manage pension assets; provided, however, that the pension fund management must conform to the Tennessee Uniform Prudent Investor Act of 2002, compiled in title 35, chapter 14;
  2. The trust must conform to all applicable laws, rules and regulations of the internal revenue service, if any. Notwithstanding subdivision (4) to the contrary, it shall be the sole responsibility of the political subdivision to ensure that the trust conforms to the laws, rules and regulations of the internal revenue service; and
  3. The trust document must be submitted to the state funding board for approval.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 8-50-1203

  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • board: means the board provided for in part 3 of this chapter. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Political subdivision: means any Tennessee local governmental entity, including, but not limited to, any municipality, metropolitan government, county, utility district, school district, public building authority, and development district created and existing pursuant to the laws of Tennessee, or any instrumentality of government created by any one (1) or more of the named local governmental entities or by an act of the general assembly. See Tennessee Code 8-50-1202
  • post-employment benefits: means nonpension benefits paid on behalf of former employees or the former employees' beneficiaries after separation from service. See Tennessee Code 8-50-1202
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Service: means service as a general employee, a teacher, a state police officer, a wildlife officer, a firefighter, a police officer, a state judge, a county judge, an attorney general, a commissioner or a county official which is paid for by an employer, and also includes service for which a former member of the general assembly is entitled to under former §§ 3-401 and 3-406. See Tennessee Code 8-34-101
  • State: means the state of Tennessee. 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