ORS 238A.410¹
Death benefits
  • rules

(1) If a member of the individual account program dies before retirement, the amounts in the member’s employee account, rollover account and employer account, to the extent the member is vested in those accounts under ORS 238A.320 (Vesting), shall be paid in a lump sum to the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by the member for the purposes of this section.

(2) If a member of the individual account program is married at the time of death, or there exists at the time of death any other person who is constitutionally required to be treated in the same manner as a spouse for the purpose of retirement benefits, the spouse or other person shall be the beneficiary for purposes of the death benefit payable under this section unless the spouse or other person consents to the designation of a different beneficiary or beneficiaries before the designation has been made and the consent has not been revoked by the spouse or other person as of the time of the member’s death. Consent and revocation of consent must be in writing, acknowledged by a notary public, and submitted to the Public Employees Retirement Board in accordance with rules adopted by the board. If the member’s spouse is designated as the member’s beneficiary and the marriage of the member and spouse is subsequently dissolved, the former spouse shall be treated as predeceasing the member for purposes of this section, unless the member expressly designates the former spouse as beneficiary after the effective date of the dissolution or the former spouse is required to be designated as a beneficiary under the provisions of ORS 238.465 (Benefits payable to others under certain judgments).

(3) For purposes of this section and ORS 238A.400 (Payment of accounts at retirement) (3), if a member fails to designate a beneficiary, or if the person or persons designated do not survive the member, the death benefit provided for in this section shall be paid to the following person or persons, in the following order of priority:

(a) The member’s surviving spouse or other person who is constitutionally required to be treated in the same manner as a spouse;

(b) The member’s surviving children, in equal shares; or

(c) The member’s estate.

(4) The entire amount of a deceased member’s vested accounts must be distributed by December 31 of the fifth calendar year after the year in which the member died. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, distributions of death benefits under the individual account program must comply with the minimum distribution requirements of 26 U.S.C. 401(a)(9) and the regulations implementing that section, as in effect on August 29, 2003. The Public Employees Retirement Board shall adopt rules implementing those minimum distribution requirements. [2003 c.733 §42]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 238A—Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors238A.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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