Minutes of Meeting of the Legal & Personnel Subcommittee of the State Employees Retirement Commission February 11, 2020

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Meeting of the Legal & Personnel Subcommittee of the State Employees Retirement Commission

 

DATE:  February 11, 2020

 

PRESENT:
Chairman Peter Adomeit
Trustee Charles Casella
Trustee Robert Coffey
Trustee Michael Carey
Commission Counsel Michael Rose (Rose Kallor, LLP)
Commission Tax Counsel Bruce Barth (Robinson & Cole LLP) via phone
Commission Tax Counsel Alisha Sullivan (Robinson & Cole LLP)
John Herrington, Retirement Services Division Director

The Chairman called the meeting to order at 8:44 a.m.

At 8:44 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Michael Carey, to amend the agenda to include Item 12. Mark Sciota Municipal Liaison - personnel matter.  All voted in favor.

At 8:45 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Michael Carey, to amend the agenda to include the words, "written legal opinion" in Items 9, 10 and 11.  All voted in favor.

At 8:46 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Michael Carey, to amend the agenda to include Item 13. SECURE Act -written legal opinion.  All voted in favor.

At 8:46 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Mr. Carey, to approve the agenda as amended.  All voted in favor. 

At 8:47 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Mr. Carey, to go into Executive Session on Executive Session agenda items 1 through 13 and to invite Commission Counsel Michael Rose, Commission Tax Counsel Bruce Barth, Commission Tax Counsel Alisha Sullivan and Retirement Services Division Director John Herrington to participate in the discussion.  All voted in favor.

At 9:09 a.m., having discussed Agenda Items 9, 10, 11 and 13, Robert Coffey moved, seconded by Charles Casella, to come out of Executive Session.  All voted in favor.

At 9:09 a.m., Chairman Peter Adomeit called for New Business. John Herrington left the meeting to gather information for the subcommittee. 

At 9:11 a.m., Robert Coffey moved, seconded by Charles Casella to go into Executive Session to discuss Executive Session Agenda Items 1 through 3 and to invite Commission Counsel Michael Rose, Commission Tax Counsel Bruce Barth, Commission Tax Counsel Alisha Sullivan and Retirement Services Division Director John Herrington to participate in the discussions.  All voted in favor.

At 9:20 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Robert Coffey to come out of Executive Session.  All voted in favor.

At 9:20 a.m., Chairman Peter Adomeit called for New Business.  John Herrington explained the Comptroller´┐Żs proposed amendments to CMERS statutes, C.G.S. Sections 7-436 and 7-440.  The proposed amendments will be put on the agenda of the next SERC meeting for consideration.

At 9:29 a.m., Bruce Barth and Alisha Sullivan left the meeting.

At 9:29 a.m., Charles Casella moved, seconded by Michael Carey, to go into Executive Session on Agenda Items 4 through 8 and 12 and to invite Commission Counsel Michael Rose and Retirement Services Division Director John Herrington to participate in the discussions.  All voted in favor.

At 9:44 a.m., Michael Carey moved, seconded by Charles Casella, to come out of Executive Session.  All voted in favor.

At 9:45 a.m., Michael Carey moved, seconded by Charles Casella, that the subcommittee recommend to the Commission that it accept the recommendation of Counsel that the Commission decline to issue a declaratory ruling in the Rizzio matter.  All voted in favor.

At 9:46 a.m., Robert Coffey moved, seconded by Michael Carey that the subcommittee recommend to the Commission that it accept the recommendation of Counsel to approve the draft Decision and Declaratory Ruling on Reconsideration in the Lena Carter matter.  All voted in favor.

At 9:48 a.m., Michael Carey moved, seconded by Charles Casella to adjourn.  All voted in favor.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted, 

                                                                        Robert Coffey

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