MINUTES OF MEETING
STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106

June 16, 2011

TRUSTEES PRESENT

Peter Blum, Chair
Charles Casella
Claude Poulin
Michael Carey
Sal Luciano
Bob Coffey
James Dzurenda
Thomas Culley
Bob Baus
Richard Cosgrove
Stephen Greatorex

TRUSTEES ABSENT

Fae Brown-Brewton
Linda Yelmini
Ronald McLellan
Paul Fortier

MUNICIPAL LIAISON

Thomas Landry

OTHERS PRESENT

Jeanne Kopek, Director, Retirement Services
Helen Kemp, Asst. Director and Division Attorney, Retirement Services
Colin Newman, Asst. Director, Retirement Services
Natalie Braswell, Counsel to the State Comptroller
Peggy Gray, Executive Asst., Retirement Services

GUESTS

George Spurlock, CEIU
Attorney Bruce Barth

CALL TO ORDER

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 9:08 AM.

DIVISION DIRECTOR'S ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

There are some housekeeping issues that need to be taken care of. There is need to schedule several Subcommittee meetings. The Personnel/Legal Subcommittee needs to meet. There is a vacancy on the subcommittee due to Stephen Caliendo's retirement in 2010. Michael Carey has volunteered to fill this vacancy. The Hazardous Duty Subcommittee will also need to meet to address several pending claims. And finally the Purchase Subcommittee was postponed in March and needs to be rescheduled. We will be contacting Trustees to check on available dates.

Following the close of the June 2011 Retirement Payroll, the current backlog of unfinalized Retirement records is approximately 11,637. The Division processed 382 new retirees to the payroll (358 normal and 24 disabilities). Finalizations for the month were 25.

As of May 31, 2011 we have 77 applications for Disability Retirement pending Division review, 264 applications are waiting for further documentation and 165 are scheduled for upcoming meetings. For the month of May, 37 applications were received, 29 were put on the agenda and 19 were approved. We are now reviewing June 2011 cases and our next available meeting is scheduled for January 2012. This may change as we have 3 new doctors on board and legislative changes have been made to allow retired doctors to be on the MEB. Natalie Braswell is working on the MOU with UCHC that will run from July 2011 to June of 2012.

NEW MATTERS

1. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE MAY 19, 2010 MINUTES Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the minutes of May 19, 2011 as amended to include Mr. Cosgrove as having attended the meeting. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

2. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN'S PER DIEM EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Greatorex to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Chairman's Per Diem expenses reimbursements. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

3. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM SERVICE RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2011. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the State Employees Retirement System Service Retirements for the month of May 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

4. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT SYSTEM VOLUNTARY PENDING DISABILITY
RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2011. Mr. Luciano moved,
seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the State Employees Retirement System
Voluntary Pending Disability Retirements for the month of May 2011. All voted
in favor

Unanimous Decision

5. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETROACTIVE RETIREMENTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2011. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the State Employees Retirement System Retroactive Retirements for the month of May 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

6. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT PROBATE JUDGES AND EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM SERVICE RETIREMENTS FOR MAY 2011. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the Connecticut Probate Judges and Employees Retirement System Service Retirements for May 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

7. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE JUDGES, FAMILY SUPPORT MAGISTRATES AND COMPENSATION COMMISSIONERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIREMENTS FOR MAY 2011. Mr.Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the Judges, Family Support Magistrates and Compensation Commissioners Retirement System Retirements for the May 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

8. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE CONNECTICUT PROBATE JUDGES AND EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT FUND
PERSONAL EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2011. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the Connecticut Probate Judges and Employees Retirement Fund Personal Expenses for the month of May 2011. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the Connecticut Probate Judges and Employees Retirement Fund Person Expenses for the month of May 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

9. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE MUNICIPAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIREMENTS. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to approve the Municipal Retirement System Retirements. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

10. REQUEST COMMISSION ACCEPTANCE OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD FROM ITS MEETING ON
MAY 27, 2011 RELATIVE TO APPLICATIONS FOR DISABILITY RETIREMENT RECEIVED FROM THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT SYSTEM. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Baus to accept the recommendations of the Medical Examining Board from its meeting on May 27, 2011 relative to applications for the Disability Retirement received from the Municipal Employees Retirement System. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

11. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION MANAGEMENT TRUSTEES PER DIEM AND TRAVEL EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Cosgrove to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Management Trustees Per Diem and Travel Expenses Reimbursements. All voted in favor Mr. Baus abstained

Majority Decision

12. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION UNION TRUSTEES PER DIEM AND
TRAVEL EXPENSES REIMBURSEMENTS. Mr. Luciano moved, seconded by Mr. Baus to approve the State Employees Retirement Commission Union Trustees Per Diem and Travel Expenses Reimbursements. All voted in favor Mr. Poulin abstained

Majority Decision

AT 9:13 The State Employees Retirement Commission went into EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSES OF DISCUSSION ON ITEMS #13 AND #14 All voted in favor

AT 10:15 Mr. Baus moved, seconded by Mr. Poulin to come out of EXECUTIVE SESSION. All voted in favor

13. REQUEST COMMISSION APPROVAL OF REQUEST TO INTERNAL REVENUE SEVICE WITH REGARD TO THE PRIVATE LETTER RULING FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THE SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 SEBAC PENSION GRIEVANCE AWARD. Chairman Peter Blum stated that the matter would be tabled until the Commission meeting on July 21, 2011. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

14. DISCUSSION OF FOIA COMPLAINT RECEIVED RE: LEGAL OPINION AND POSSIBLE STRATEGY/SETTLEMENT CONCERNING THIS LITIGATION. Chairman Peter Blum stated that the Commission will continue to be consistent with past practice as far as releasing information discussed in EXECUTIVE SESSION. All voted in favor

Unanimous Decision

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Greatorex moved, seconded by Mr. Luciano to adjourn the meeting at 10:21 AM
All voted in favor, meeting adjourned at 10:21 AM

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Peter R. Blum, Chair

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Jeanne Kopek, Director, Retirement Services

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